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ummer is on its way out (in theory at least...Southwest Florida still hasn’t gotten the memo!), and the signs of fall are about to make their first appearance. The new school year is back in full-swing. Pumpkin scented everything will soon dominate the stores. Weekends are reserved for football games. And our calendars are packed so much with activities that we can sometimes forget to take even just a minute for ourselves. That’s why our September issue of Natural Awakenings is here to remind you that, in the midst of this transitional season, the importance of self-care should not be overlooked. This month, we’re exploring a number of diverse self-care practices that can easily be integrated into your normal routine—from vibrant aging to community building to Ayurvedic eating to yoga therapy, just to name a few. So without further ado...let’s have a peek inside! Our feature article is on “Age-Defying Bodywork,” and delves into why massage should not be viewed as a luxury but a crucial defense to ward off the effects of premature aging. Bodywork modalities can boost cognitive function and problem-solving, reduce inflammation, and promote healthy digestion and cell regeneration—all of which are factors in the aging process. Another element of self-care is balanced nutrition, and our “Conscious Eating” article explores the ancient system of holistic medicine known as Ayurveda. This philosophy around eating reinforces mental and physical wellness through the preparation and consumption of natural ingredients, herbs, spices and local, seasonal foods. As the hectic pace of life in this time of year continues to accelerate, a healthy diet is crucial to energize both the mind and body. Finally, it’s National Yoga Month, and our “Fit Body” article describes how a consistent yoga practice can boost vitality. This regimen includes exercise, meditation, conscious breathing, and other physical, mental and spiritual components. In addition, yoga can also be a line of defense against cardiovascular disease, limited mobility and depression as the body ages. No matter what stage of life you’re in, this can be a powerful adjunct to your self-care. Well, that’s a glimpse into our lineup for this issue—as always, we are committed to making sure you find both inspiration and enjoyment inside these pages, and we love to hear your feedback. Please send any comments or questions to, and let’s raise a pumpkin spice latte to the start of this new fall season!

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Anniversary Celebration at Elysian Fields


lysian Fields will be celebrating our twenty eighth year in business on September 13–15. This magical and mystical sale will last for the entire weekend, but Saturday will feature special guests and exciting events in honor of our 28 beautiful years as Sarasota’s first metaphysical store. Whether you live down the street, or you are visiting from out of town, Elysian Fields wants you to help us celebrate. Starting when the doors open at 10 a.m. on Friday, this sale will continue until 5 p.m. on Sunday. On Saturday, special guests will be in attendance to offer Colonial Shrubs, Pavé Chocolate and Tea Forte tastings, an oxygen bar, flash floor intuitive readings from Catherine Rosenbaum, henna tattoos from Lesley Arena, essential oil samplings, bowl demonstrations, mini crystal classes, aromatherapy and reflexology from Water + Soul. In addition, you can also enter to win our “grab bag” raffle with a purchase of $20 or more. The winner’s name will be drawn at the sale’s conclusion on Sunday. You also will receive a free Elysian Fields sticker along with your $20 or more purchase. Come visit us and join in the awakening, enlightenment and, most of all, fun!

Happy Feet Plus Brings Health from the Ground Up


appy Feet Plus has been supplying the Florida Gulf Coast with healthy, comfortable footwear since 1985. Founders Jacob Wurtz and Jane Strong continue to build on their core message of improved well-being through supportive, healthful footwear, and they now operate 12 stores across the west coast of Florida including locations in Ellenton and Sarasota. Their hand-picked selection of sandals, shoes, clogs and athletic shoes from brands like Birkenstock, Finn Comfort, Brooks, Dansko, Aetrex and Vionic is specifically designed to offer foot, knee, hip and back pain relief with an eye toward quality and craftsmanship. The company’s pinnacle brand, Kenkoh, the original massage sandal, combines elements of traditional Japanese reflexology with orthotic arch support to offer foot pain relief and relaxation. Scientific studies have shown increased circulation as a result of wearing Kenkohs which has, in part, caused both current and former professional athletes to wear this brand as an after-sport recovery sandal. Locations: 5905 Factory Shops Blvd., Ellenton, 941-721-6463; 1453 Main St., Sarasota, 941924-2536. For more information, visit

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Increase Your Vibrational Energy with the Shining Soul Club


ou are invited to experience leading-edge, intuitive and insightful spiritual guidance, meditations, healing and energy clearing with the Shining Soul Club. This group meets bi-monthly on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, both online and through a virtual conference to help you find energy alignment for a more fulfilled, meaningful and inspired life.   International best-selling author, intuitive executive coach, spiritual mentor and energy healer Lara Jaye utilizes Light Language to help you move through the stuck areas in your life— physically or emotionally—so you can feel lighter and happier. Prepare to release blocked emotions, be filled with higher vibrational energy and discover a renewed meaning to live a more fulfilled life—all in just a matter of moments. Come experience this ancient and sacred healing method which speaks directly to the soul to create space for profound healing and transformation to up-level your life. For more information, email or visit To join the Shining Soul Club for just $5 to get started, visit

Spa-NorthWest Offers Community Fall Programs


pa-NorthWest in Bradenton now offers new fall programs dedicated to community meditational experiences using various modalities of practice. Sioux Nikoley, formerly of Whale’s Song, introduces techniques designed for adults and mature teens that blend teachings from her studies in Native American, Buddhist, Christian, ACIM and contemplative mystics, as well as her own life experiences. Whether it’s listening to these teachings from global masters on being human, drumming in a rhythmic circle of friends or even laying in a meditative state to experience the healing properties of primal sound, a participant will leave with a sense of unity and light-heartedness. If this feels intriguing within your spirit, please come, bring a friend, and join us in these casual and fun experiences. The programs and workshops are designed with you in mind. Pre-registration is advised, as there is limited space inside the Spa-NorthWest yoga studio. Location: 5701 21st Ave. W, Bradenton. To register, call 941-713-1637 or visit For more information, visit 14

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What Happens in the Healing Room?


hen people Google terms like “Energy Healing” or “Reiki” in Sarasota, the Healing Room will appear in the search, but this practice is also equipped to offer more than just these modalities. Beata Molnar, a gifted energy healer, is trained to perform Biofeedback evaluations with a computer program that uses the human voice to record and evaluate the entire energy field. When clients visit, she will initiate an in-depth discussion of issues they want to address, then a Biofeedback Energy Scan will follow. After having established the directions, conditions and imbalances that need to be harmonized and balanced, the client will recline on a PEMF mat, and the energy healing session will take place. PEMF is a pulsed electromagnetic field generator that has been used all over the world in both Eastern and Western modalities, chiropractic offices and holistic healing centers. PEMF charges the cells with energy to support the various cellular functions. Molnar also uses sound healing with singing quartz crystal bowls in her sessions. She has a wide variety of bowls tuned to particular frequencies and notes that resonate all seven chakras for both clearing and harmonizing. One of her favorite energy harmonizing devices is the RIFE machine which is available to all clients if anyone wants to experiment with the power of plasma tubes, metal pates and copper coils that resonate over 1300 various frequency packages. Everything in her office is included in these healing sessions which usually last 90 minutes. If you are interested seeing your aura colors, harmonizing chakras, addressing nutritional and system imbalances, or freeing emotional blockages and spiritual disturbances, contact the Healing Room. Location: Aaron Ct., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-586-9539 or follow Molnar on

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ith all the positive feedback we have received, the Point Lumineux staff has chosen to extend our summer cannabis consultation pricing. In addition, while you can take advantage of this special discount, be sure to schedule a medical cannabis appointment with Dr. Hoffmeister, our resident Medical Director. Who qualifies for medical cannabis? If you have any of the following conditions, you are eligible for a cannabis certification: PTSD, Parkinson’s, cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, ALS, epilepsy, MS, peripheral neuropathy, Fibromyalgia, chronic pain or Crohn’s disease. Also, we have a new website for our Cannabis Division here at Point Lumineux which is called MarijuanaDoctorNow. com, as well as Facebook and Instagram pages by the same name. These channels will keep you updated on everything cannabis related and enable you to book appointments with ease.


n September 20, 1 p.m., Dr. Anna Baker, DOM, will give a seminar on 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. Preservatives destroy this muscle tightening action, so Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna is the only pearl cream on the market that offers these results. Dr. Anna will show photographed results on people of all different ages. Pearl Cream by Dr., Anna is also available as a muscle tightening body lotion, men’s anti-aging line and sports performance line. Dr. Anna has appeared on ABC7’s Suncoast View discussing her anti-aging creation and showing results of one of the hosts. This clip is posted on her website and Facebook page. Location: 2721 Mall Dr., Sarasota. Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information and to make seminar reservations, call 941-921-2662 or visit

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Rosemary Court Yoga Is for You!


osemary Court Yoga, in the heart of Sarasota’s downtown Rosemary District, offers a variety of yoga styles and levels which makes this practice accessible for anyone. With styles that range from gentle to more vigorous flows, and classes geared toward beginners through advanced yogis, this studio has a class for all practitioners. Class styles include Hatha Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Mom and Baby Yoga, Pilates and more. The experienced teachers allow students to enjoy all the physical, spiritual and mindful aspects of the practice. A regular yoga practice improves flexibility, strength, posture, balance, focus, energy, while reducing stress in all areas of your life. Group classes and private sessions available seven days a week. This yoga studio is part of the Rosemary Court Wellness Center, where four restored 1920s houses surround a charming gated garden with brick paths and a koi pond. Embrace the studio’s sense of welcoming calm as you walk in the door. If you have not practiced yoga before, and are unsure of where to start, contact the studio for a free yoga consultation. Location: 810 Central Ave., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-952-5280, email or visit

Do You Feel Challenged?


ave you experienced challenges or stress in your job, health, family or relationships? If so, Rev. Lois Cheney, a psychic medium and clinical hypnotist, can help you. Hypnosis is a gentle, reliable way to make sustainable changes in your life. When the “up-front” mind is stilled, the subconscious mind is always available to take direction, and a new pathway is formed which leads to greater success. Rev. Cheney offers a variety of options as a certified clinical hypnotist. With her support, you can move beyond fears or negative habits, release excess body weight, explore past lives, enhance your fitness or athletic skills, and more. If you want to energize your physical stamina and ability to perceive the delicate intuitive energies that surround you, experience a sound and color healing treatment. While you lie relaxed on her table, Rev. Cheney works above you with 13 tuning forks, gemstones, color breaths and essential oils. Or perhaps you desire to contact a loved one in heaven. A mediumship session will provide the connection you seek. For over 45 years, Rev. Cheney has successfully channeled spirits for her clients. Also, if you need help making decisions about your own life-path direction, a psychic reading is for you. It is useful to write down the points you want to clarify and bring that list to a session. This will remind you what to ask and ensure that you receive answers. Rev. Cheney works from the healing room of her home in North Port. For more information, call 928-300-2030, email or visit 16

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Using Your DNA for Precision Nutrition


an genetic variations lead to long-term health consequences? Can these be bypassed? How could genetic information be used to help people achieve health? Sandhill Healing Center can enable patients to bypass their genetic destiny through personalized nutrition. Methylation is a process that takes place in the body countless times each day. The term methyl refers to one carbon molecule attached to three hydrogen molecules, and this group of atoms is essential for many processes like building and repairing DNA, clearing toxins and absorbing nutrients. Individual genetic makeup helps determine how compounds and elements are methylated properly. Small genetic variations, known as Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (or SNPS), can impact the methylation pathways and contribute to health concerns. Sandhill Healing Center now has the ability to test, translate and target SNPs in the methylation pathway, then customize a supplement regiment for our clients based on those insights. This precision nutrition is based on a person’s unique genetic makeup, and has been sought after by scientist and clinicians since the human genome was first analyzed. We can find which gene variations exist for each client and make rational, individualized supplement decisions with confidence. There are three steps in this process: test for nutritionally relevant SNPs with saliva-based personal genome analysis kits; translate the results into nutritional recommendations that identify eight key methylation SNPs; and target with personalized nutritional support from products specifically designed to address the SNP specific need. Location: 24901 Sandhill Blvd., Suite 8, Port Charlotte. For more information, call 941235-8929.

Make Some Magic at the Dr. Anna’s Acupuncture Facelift Fifth Annual Mystical and Necklift Seminar n September 18, 2 p.m., Dr. Anna Baker, Bazaar


ind out what magic lies within you at the Spirit University’s 2019 Mystical Bazaar on September 28–29, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Explore the unique powers you might possess in a festive environment that harkens back to the exotic legend of Arabian Nights. Performances, music, roving entertainers, unique vendors with metaphysical wares, intuitive readers and healing practitioners will whisk you off to an authentic-feeling Persian market out of place and time. At the Mystical Bazaar, you will encounter Tarot readers, palmists, angelic message bearers, animal communicators,


DOM and founder of Faces by Dr. Anna, will present a seminar on facial rejuvenation at any stage in the aging process with her muscle tightening acupuncture facelift and necklift technique. Dr. Anna’s results are unique in that all muscles of the face and neck are retightened proportionally along the route that they aged. She will show photographed results on people of all different ages and face types from her database of over 500 clients. A nationally board-certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Dr. Anna has been practicing in Sarasota since 1998. She has developed her specialty in a muscle tightening acupuncture facelift and necklift with no needles used on the face. Up to three treatments can be done in one day with a 10-treatment minimum. After the treatments are completed, a one or two treatment touch-up is suggested every 18 months to maintain the lift. Dr. Anna’s work has been nationally televised, and she has been voted Sarasota’s favorite antiaging practitioner.

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made this request before a dental treatment? They want to undergo the procedure, but they are not willing to be awake and lucid while it’s being done. Still others are so phobic that they skip the dentist altogether. Research shows that 30% of the population avoids the dentist because of fear, and “Docs Education” estimates this Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal percentage is actually closer to 50%. Technique • Dental Revision Fortunately, there is an alternative in helping patients overcome their anxiety, and it does• not require “knocking Ozone Therapy Huggins Protoco out” the patient, as so many request. Conscious sedation is Biological Extractions a minimally depressed level of consciousness, but patients Material Biocompatibility maintain their own airways and reflexes, and respondTesting to physical and verbal stimuli. As a result, the patients are more relaxed, less anxious and can interact with the staff if needed. The dentist does not have to support the patient’s breathing like with deep sedation and general anesthesia. Conscious sedation can be delivered orally or intravenously (IV) which allows dental treatments to be performed with minimal visits, no pain and little memory of the experience. Dr. Hal Huggins of White Sands Dentistry has discovered that using conscious seda$350.00 Newa strict Patient tion in dentistry has even more advantages too. Dr. Huggins recommends set of Package guidelines when removing mercury fillings safely duringComprehensive a revision (the removal of any&and Exam Treatme all dental materials and infections that risk compromising the patient’s health). When the Planning, Digital Radiographs, patient undergoes IV conscious sedation, the patient can have all procedures—even treating Bacterial Analysis Using decays and extractions—performed in one day. He is now certified to offer IV conscious seMicroscope, Holistic Dental dation for patients who want their dental needs resolved without the stress of multiple visits. For those patients seeking to avoid the experience of dentalCleaning procedures with or whoOzone,** want the convenience of minimal office visits for their treatments, weNutritional welcome you toCounseling, contact our Carehealth. Protocol office and schedule a consultation, so we can discuss the bestHolistic options forHome your dental *offer expires 9/30/19, $557 value.

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ryoskin works by using sub-zero temperatures to eliminate body fat. We utilize this science to provide slimming, skin tightening, toning, cellulite and facial treatments with non-invasive results. Cryoskin slimming helps our customers lose inches off their stomach, love-handles, thighs and other areas. Toning sessions help to diminish cellulite, tone the body and tighten the skin. Toning is effective for the face, neck and cleavage areas because it reduces the look of crepe-y skin. Our treatments are neither painful nor invasive, and there is no downtime. We are so confident in this process that if you book a stomach slimming session, and you do not measure at least half an inch less after the session, then your treatment is free. Why should you pick Cryoskin at Cryo Studio Sarasota? Aside from in New York, where the Cryoskin headquarters is located, we are the only studio in the Eastern United States that has a Master Elite Certified trainer on staff. This means you will not find any other business with more knowledge and technique for these treatments than we have. We specialize in Cryoskin treatments, and we do not offer any other services or treatments which is the reason we are experts. During this month, Natural Awakenings readers will receive $150 off any five-pack of treatments, as well as a free consultation.

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re you interested in taking your Reiki practice to its highest potential? We are offering a “Holy Fire® III Reiki and Karuna® Reiki Master and Teacher” class. Toni Merrick and Steve O’Connor have been teaching this class since the Holy Fire Energy became available in 2014. You will learn nine new symbols and become attuned to their corresponding energies. These energies are both powerful and gentle to provide purification, healing, empowerment and guidance. Holy Fire® III Reiki is noticeably more refined and comes from a higher level of consciousness. These energies work continuously, even when you are not thinking about them, to spontaneously heal issues as they come up. These energies always respect free will, and they and heal both deeply and quickly without distress. One of the main effects is a feeling of being loved. These energies help to develop all the personality traits that are healthy for a person to have such as love of self and others, kindness, patience, confidence, vitality, enthusiasm, optimism, trust, joy and peace, to name a few. This class will be offered on November 1, 6–9 p.m., and November 2–3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: River Wilderness, Parrish. Pre-requisite: must have been a Reiki Master for six months. Cost: $350 (sliding scale) includes manual, snacks and vegan lunches. Early bird special: $100 discount if you register by September 30. For more information and to register, ca;; 207-831-9876 or email 18

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rather than patching up symptoms. In fact, the brain has actually relearned a more efficient way of performing. Generally, our clients report improved moods, decreased impulsivity, restored control of anxiety or depression, better mental clarity, more restful sleep and a host of other benefits—all without drugs and harsh side-effects. We can also provide psychotherapy, nutrition counseling, light therapy and more to help you rediscover well-being. Get yourself started with our endof-the-summer special. In the month of September, we are offering a qEEG brain map, consultation, detailed report and full access to our online assessment tools, all for $199 (normally $400). Get to know yourself a little better and book an appointment today. For more information and to schedule a free consultation, call 941-552-4500 or visit


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f you’re not ready to settle into old age just yet, there’s a smart and high-tech alternative you can participate in to add another decade onto your life. Visit Lotus Stress Relief here in Sarasota. We are one of the leaders in anti-aging across the United States. Our quantum physics computers can read your subconscious and determine your worst enemies for aging. Maybe your circulation needs a boost, your memory needs to be enhanced, your hormones are imbalanced, or you need essential amino acids minerals to be replenished. At Lotus, we can adjust all of these issues or deficiencies by working with the proper frequencies in your brain and body which can restore you to optimal health. We have three systems that allow us to perform this type of work. The first is the Life Biofeedback System which can read over 7,000 frequencies in the body and make adjustments to optimize health. The Life System is FDA registered for biofeedback and stress reduction.  The second is a system pioneered for the astronauts to use on their missions. It’s called In-Light, and it enables the arteries to be renewed, the lymphatic system to improve, feelings of achiness to subside, and skin to be smoothed with new collagen growth, so your entire body is cleaner and functions healthier. The third is a system from Germany called the BICOM which resets the body’s resonance and energy levels to their younger state. So come visit Lotus Stress Relief for any of these antiaging renewal sessions. In September, you can bring in our NA ad and receive $25 off a one-hour anti-aging session for a total of $95. For more information, visit

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Medical marijuana uses the marijuana plant or chemicals in it to treat diseases or conditions. It’s basically the same product as recreational marijuana, but it’s taken for medical purposes.

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oin Sarasota Center of Light for our community outreach of education of classes and events in September. Spiritual topics and experiences such as mediumship and ascension, along with dances for peace and healing are scheduled. Enjoy a sacred and divine hour of gentle, peaceful, reflection and connection that includes healing, intention and meditation at our new Wednesday Evening Service. Find out “How and Why We Do Mediumship” with Carolan Carey on September 13. This will be a time to explore communicating with Spirit with an experienced and established medium. Rev. Jim Toole will open the doors of awareness to a more expansive and elevated connection in our “Introduction to Ascension” class on September 17. Enjoy fall equinox dances of universal peace in “Honoring the Light Within” facilitated by Susan Slack on September 21. Slack has years of experience helping people move with music and chants in a sacred, peaceful and healing way. In addition, Pam Jones will help make participants aware of how sound can heal and inspire through the “Acutonics® Healing Method” on September 24. “Introduction to Mediumship” will be offered by Rev. Jim Toole on September 26. Rev. This workshop can help participants understand and directly experience mediumship—both personal and public. A basic mediumship series will be offered in October. Please check the NA calendar and our website for details, costs and locations of these events. Join us for our services, extensive education programs, events, visiting mediums and musical events throughout the year. Location: 852 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-953-6620, email or visit

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Cold or unsupportive mothering styles can harm a child’s health into adulthood, Loma Linda University researchers have found. Compared to adults mothered in a “warm” style, adults that had been mothered in a “cold” manner had an average of 25 percent shorter telomeres, indicating faster cellular aging, a shorter life span and greater susceptibility to disease. The study was based on follow-up blood samples of 200 adults originally enrolled in cohort studies of 130,000 people starting in 1976. Those that described their mothering as cold tended to be overweight or obese as adults, with less education. A father’s parenting style had a much smaller effect and was not significant enough to impact telomere length, the authors found. 24

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For runners, food is fuel, and a new study lays to rest debates about which diet is best. Researchers at Leibniz University, in Hannover, Germany, recruited 76 men and women runners, divided equally between vegans, vegetarians and omnivores. They had an average age of 27 and ran recreationally two to five times a week. The runners were asked to pedal to exhaustion on a stationary bike, and researchers found that all three groups had similar exercise capacity and power output, and similar lactate production during exercise. The researchers concluded that vegan diets were “a suitable alternative for ambitious recreational runners.”

Regular exposure to sunlight decreases the incidence of irritable bowel disease (IBD) in children, researchers from the Australian National University report. They compared 99 children with IBD with 396 healthy children using interviews with parents to establish a database. For every 10 minutes of sunlight exposure a day on average, there was a 6 percent reduction in risk, and 30 minutes a day reduced the risk by 20 percent. Also, children with deeper tans were at lower risk. IBD, which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, has been shown in previous studies to be less common among people that live in sunnier places and closer to the Equator.

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Qigong for Flexibility and Improved Mobility by S. Yevette Sutter, RN, CCT


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strength, bone health, balance and proprioception. As your body responds to the demands that you most frequently put upon it, you will experience the most benefits through a regular, diverse and moderate flexibility training. The movements of Qigong promote eccentric muscle contractions that occur while the muscle is actively lengthening. These eccentric contractions can help to increase flexibility and connective tissues strength more than classic stretches or the passive stretches found in some yoga practices. Flexibility is also influenced by how the body moves and functions most of the time. For instance, if you spend your time hunched over a desk, the nervous system and postural muscles will adapt to make it easier for the body to assume this habitual position. As a result, you will be less able to access, initiate and control other expressions of movement. There are flexibility benefits from

Qigong mindfulness too. As mindful movement increases your capacity to focus on and respect your current bodily experience, instead of just pushing through it, mindful movement can develop your self-awareness. Qigong places emphasis on improving your most vital function—the breath. Mindful breathing is the link between your consciousness and autonomic nervous system which regulates your stress and relaxation responses. Mindful breathing is a form of neurological conditioning. When you partner mindful breathing with flexibility training, you communicate with and retrain your nervous system which will bring a sense of calm and safety, while reducing stress and muscle tension. Qigong is one of the most powerful prescriptions a Traditional Chinese Medical doctor can use because it works directly on the body’s energy system. Thousands of Asian studies confirm the success of Qigong. In addition, forward thinking American businesses, especially in highstress technology areas like Silicon Valley, incorporate Qigong exercise breaks as a daily routine to increase productivity and success. So what can Qigong offer you? This practice will improve circulation, posture, flexibility, balance and strength; prevent or reduce falling injuries in the elderly; relieve chronic pain from injuries, surgery, arthritis and fibromyalgia; balance brain chemistry and reduce anxiety, obsessive compulsive symptoms or depression; and accelerate elimination of toxins and wastes for natural detoxification. Qigong is truly a system for a lifetime which is the reason so many people over 60 in China practice Qigong. The effects can be powerful, but the routines themselves are gentle. Qigong can certainly improve the quality of life of everyone who practices it. Sandhill Healing Center and Sandhill Medical Thermography is an integrative clinic that combines Western conventional medicine with Eastern therapies. The center is located at 24901 Sandhill Blvd., Suite 8, Port Charlotte. For more information on the innovative modalities offered and to schedule an appointment or inquire about our Beginner’s Qigong classes, call 941-235-8929.

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Aging Healthfully by Dr. Christina Captain, DAOM, MSAOM, MSHN, MA, AP


e all age, but the key to graceful aging is in paying attention to and managing the process. By doing, this you enable yourself to increase your health-span— not just your life-span. This is a choice, a philosophy that must permeate and infuse your entire life. Each decision you make in regard to what you eat, do, say and think must all reflect a basic philosophy of health and well-being. In order for this healthy aging process to manifest, you are required to make lifestyle changes that can be difficult and uncomfortable. It is also dependent on the amount of personal work you have done. The foundation of self-love must be firmly in place to be successful in healthy aging. Love and respect for yourself is necessary to create a life that will support a youthful health-span. Can we continue to age chronologically but maintain a younger biological terrain? The answer is “yes!” Biological terrain is the environment which the body, mind and spirit exist in. This biological terrain can either support the growth of the body, mind and spirit, or it can degrade and destroy them. This terrain, if kept clean and properly functioning, can become younger despite its chronological age. Just allow that to sink in. You can become younger in body, mind and spirit. Now, don’t let my casual tone fool you into thinking this is an easy task. In fact, this task is quite arduous for some—it is time consuming, and it can be costly. But there is a test available called the “telomere test,” and this blood test can determine how old your body is in comparison to your chronological age. Now that your interest is peaked, let’s begin a journey to discover some of the ways that you can increase your health span and allow your biological terrain to become younger. First, you need beauty rest. Adequate sleep is a major health factor—aging accelerates when the body does 28

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not receive the rest it needs. Put this concept to the test, and the next time you don’t obtain an adequate amount of rest, look in the mirror then ask yourself, “How old do I feel today?” I guarantee that you will see my point. Strive to obtain eight hours of uninterrupted sleep each night, as well as 12 hours of fasting, ideally from dinner to breakfast, the next day—for example, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Next, you need adequate clean drinking water. There are so many reasons for this I cannot even begin to enumerate on them. The human body is comprised of mostly water, so without consuming adequate amounts of clean water, you cannot keep your tissues, organs and skin moist and nourished as they are intended to be. You should also support your body on a regular basis with therapies like acupuncture, chiropractic and massage. These healing modalities can guide the body into a healthy and harmonious balance. You need adequate exercise too. Exercising the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of yourself is crucial for making the biological terrain younger. In my opinion, the practice of yoga is a perfect blend of body, mind and spirit. It is an incredible experience on so many levels. Cardiovascular exercise and resistance training are equally important. Having more muscle than fat increases your caloric burn, as well as bone density. This, of course, is important for maintaining a healthy weight and a younger biological terrain. Make sure to participate in one hour of physical exertion on a daily basis. Clean food sources are also imperative. Eating organic, fresh and local whole foods is exactly what you need to strive for. A variety of colored veggies and whole grains is an ideal start. Another place to look is decreasing the amount of animal flesh you consume. If every person in this country just dedicated one day each week to consume no animal protein it would have a major impact on everything in nature, from the environment to water supply. Reducing the amount of inflammation your food sources have is also a primary target. Look for more veggies and fruits and less refined or processed foods—in other words, more plants and less animal products.

Contemplative time for inner reflection is another crucial element, and meditation, in my opinion, is the most beneficial outlet. Being able to quiet the mind leads you into a state where you can self-heal. Imagine that concept—self healing. I wonder what you could heal if you just allowed yourself the time and space to focus on it? If you are too busy to focus your energy on healing, how can you expect to maintain a youthful terrain? Of course, these are just some of the foundational blocks you need address in order to reverse the age of your biological terrain. Anyone can start with these concepts tomorrow, but there are many people who already live with a dis-ease or diagnosis. Some have become that diagnosis—bought into it whole-heartedly and without doubt. But I am here to tell you to have doubt. Doubt the fact that you must live with an autoimmune disease, depression or diabetes. There are people who can help you repair, rebuild and revitalize the body, mind and spirit. The people who are in this category just need more help than an article can provide. They require guidance and caring to ease them into a healthful existence where self-love can permeate their lives and, in turn, shine outward to those around them. Seek out qualified practitioners who have integrity and walk their talk. Interview who you want to work with and ask around for referrals. Remember, it’s in the unity of a healthy mind, body and spirit that you will find truth, bliss and peace. For more information on telomere testing or a wellness consultation at the Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition, visit Dr. Christina Captain is nationally board-certified by the National Commission for Certification in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is the lead practitioner at Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition which she founded in 2000. Dr. Captain is also an expert Feng Shui practitioner and teacher who studied under Nancilee Wydra of the Feng Shui Institute of America, before originating her own style, Essential Balance Feng Shui. Since this discipline is a branch of Oriental Medicine, she often blends Feng Shui principles into her treatment plans. Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition is located at 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-951-1119.

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’ve heard it said that age is just a state of mind. “But if that’s true, then why am I feeling so old?” you might ask yourself. Aging is a process that can either be swift and devastating or slow and graceful. I look at aging as an accrual of damage from imbalances in metabolism which can result in loss of organ reserve and present as symptoms of some dysfunction or disease. In most cases, however, we are the ones doing it to ourselves, intentionally or unintentionally. For example, cigarette smoking results in damage to collagen and elastin metabolism of the skin and increases the speed in which the skin ages to cause premature and severe wrinkling. Cigarettes are an obvious source of body damage and thus accelerated aging, and so I bet that you do not smoke if you are reading this, but have you considered some less obvious targets? Many people have been sold a hormone replacement and supplementation paradigm of “better living” through modern chemistry by doctors who focus their practices on “anti-aging” medicine. Although in many instances, the client feels better initially, eventually they begin to deteriorate in vitality because hormones can become toxic in the patient when the underlying cause of hormone deficiency is not addressed. The hormones treat the symptoms and numbers of lab values, but they do not fix the reasons for hormone imbalance which could range from sleep apnea to lack of zinc. I diagnosed a pituitary tumor in a patient who had been treated with testosterone for a low level that was not fully evaluated by the initial doctor. In the right individual, however, a hormone replacement can be the answer to a vibrant full life. This patient is one in whom we have diagnosed low hormone levels. We have looked deeper for the cause with comprehensive history and targeted diagnostic testing. The results of the diagnostic evaluation will be used to formulate an individualized lifestyle and medicine program. The patient is then treated and evaluated regularly to assess the response and to assure their safety. Sometimes we find the non-hormonal therapies restore the hormone levels before we intervene, but when needed, they are highly effective. Some of these lifestyle measures are necessary to implement and critical for success. These include stress reduction techniques. They are important due to the way hormones are related in the body. Excess cortisol production in stress imbalances the other hormones. Exercise is crucial to clear the system and reset many intracellular processes that boost energy. There is nothing like high-intensity interval training to boost my energy and mood! Eating organic is the other critical leg of the foundational health platform that reverses heart disease and prostate cancer and turns on your rejuvenation and vitality genes.

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Relief from Chronic Back Pain without the Risk of Surgery? It’s Coming Here to Sarasota! by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer


t’s been over two decades since Dr. David Cifra, DC, observed a rampant need in the medical community for patients to access a non-invasive treatment for spinal disc injuries without the pain and risk of drugs or surgery. Trained in addressing chronic back issues, Dr. Cifra is a nationally certified practitioner in the field of Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression (NSSD). This breakthrough medical technology is used to repair degenerated, stressed, herniated or bulging discs with a conservative approach that eliminates the need for complex surgeries and subsequent medications for recovery. Dr. Cifra was first drawn to NSSD because it enabled him to offer a solution to patients who had experienced no relief elsewhere. “From the start of my career, I wanted to help those with complicated issues who did not respond to conventional methods. This advanced technology allows patients to heal without surgery. People come to me as their last defense before epidural injec-

tions, narcotics and unnecessary surgeries,” he explains. So how does the process of NSSD actually work? Dr. Cifra describes it like the metaphor of a garden. “Think of an impaired disc as a garden that’s starting to die because its nutrition source has been shut off. Conventional medicine procedures cut away those dead segments of the disc, but my approach will suck the nutrient material back into this damaged area which nourishes and lubricates the disc, restoring it to life once again.” NSSD is a safe, gentle and effective treatment protocol for anyone who suffers from a number of conditions related to the spinal column such as the aforementioned degenerative, herniated or bulging discs, as well as sciatica, stenosis, and chronic neck or lower back pain, to name just a few. Dr. Cifra adds, “One testimonial of success I love talking about is an 80-yearold former patient of mine who had sustained major damage to her spine in addition to other medical issues too. She had been to the Laser Spine Institute but found no results there, and when she came to me, the energy of her body was split in conflicting directions. I treated her with NSSD, and she finally experienced relief.

Now I use her story as an example that if an 80-year-old woman can heal from chronic pain, then don’t be discouraged— you can too!” In fact, Dr. Cifra is so confident and passionate about this technology that he is opening a second location to his Syracuse, New York-based practice here in Sarasota. This latest expansion to his work comes on the heels of a recent advanced training certification he obtained in 2018 through the International Disc Education Association, Disc Centers of America and International Medical Advisory Board on Spinal Decompression. This is considered the “gold standard” for accreditation in this field, and is only awarded to a select few doctors each year. Dr. Cifra plans to continue this benchmark of efficacy and excellence as he welcomes patients to his brand new Sarasota office this month. Appointments can be scheduled as early as September, and consultations are always free of charge. “All you have to lose is the pain,” he quips in conclusion. Dr. David Cifra, DC, specializes in the treatment of complicated, progressive spinal injuries with the use of Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression. His newly opened practice is located at 2415 University Parkway, Sarasota. For more information and to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION, call 315-3457390 or visit his current website at 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 features practical tips for embracing an active, nutritious and empowered lifestyle.

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During stress, the body is primed to resist or escape a threat, and … it’s not going to prioritize restorative activities. laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, it is now understood that prolonged daily stress weakens DNA structures by shortening chromosome-protecting telomeres, a major component in premature cell death and the trigger of genetic, predisposed markers for disease. Studies by Dr. Owen Wolkowitz, of the University of California, San Francisco, demonstrate the link between shortened telomeres and insufficient response to free radicals, resulting in chronic inflammation, now believed to be the catalyst of most degenerative

Age-Defying Bodywork How to Turn Back the Clock by Marlaina Donato


t has been said that stress kills, and it often can be a slow and premature process, leading to common but avoidable symptoms of decline: impaired memory, loss of mobility, fatigue and decreased libido. Good nutrition, getting enough sleep and staying active contribute to vitality; however, fortifying the nervous system is critical to combating age-accelerating stress hormones like cortisol. The key to keeping body and mind young may lie in the therapeutic modalities of bodywork, an umbrella term for up to 350 methods that include massage, energy work and meridian-based therapies like acupuncture, shiatsu and reflexology, which can improve quality of life and promote cellular integrity. Once considered a luxury confined to spas and private home sessions, bodywork is moving into the medical mainstream with reputable hospitals like the Memorial Sloan Ket32

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tering Cancer Center, in New York City, which offers reiki sessions and instruction for patients and caregivers. According to a survey by the American Hospital Association, reiki and its close cousin Therapeutic Touch comprise one of three top complementary therapies in American hospitals, along with massage therapy and music. The Arthritis Foundation recommends massage for all types of arthritis and pain syndromes like fibromyalgia, as it can reduce discomfort and stress.

The Chemistry of Premature Aging

Busy lives without enough downtime can set up the body to be in a chronic state of “fight-or-flight”, which compromises cardiovascular health, nutrient absorption, waste elimination and immunity. Thanks to groundbreaking researchers like Nobel

diseases. Psychological stress, according to research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Sheldon Cohen of Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, changes how the body regulates inflammatory response. “Stress and inflammation cause pain and disease,” says Certified Reflexologist and holistic practitioner Martha Garland, of CreativeSpirit Healing Arts, in Baltimore. “All of this that we carry in our bodies will make us feel much older than our years.” Through application of pressure on specific reflex zones on the feet, hands and ears, reflexologists like Garland can help promote the natural flow of bodily functions. “Reflexology, a modality that is separate from massage therapy, reduces the tension, stress and pain that we hold in our feet and in the rest of our body, which can promote longevity and better quality of life,” she says. Certified craniosacral therapist Margaret Connolly, of Narberth, Pennsylvania, agrees that mental or emotional


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strain plays a key role in the aging process. “During stress, the body is primed to resist or escape a threat, and in that situation, it’s not going to prioritize restorative activities,” she says. Craniosacral therapy (CST) focuses on the cerebrospinal fluid and the meninges surrounding the brain, spinal cord and related connective tissue, and helps the body drop out of excessive fightor-flight mode.

Pain, Serotonin and Substance P

Bodywork and its ability to impact the chemistry of stress has far-reaching effects on most bodily systems. Studies in 2016 from the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine have shown that massage therapy helps to regulate hormones, boost immunity, improve attentiveness and ease the symptoms of depression. Licensed Massage Therapist Michele Duncan King, of Sea Spell Massage, in Cannon Beach, Oregon, knows firsthand how her work can assist in counteracting the energy-sapping effects of stress. “When the digestive system doesn’t go into the ‘rest-and-digest’ state via activation of the parasympathetic nervous system, it can affect muscles, joints, organs and hormones. This, along with elevated cortisol, can certainly make us function less optimally, making us feel older and less vibrant.” Traditional massage modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, Thai and Lomi Lomi help reduce blood pressure, boost immunity by augmenting natural killer cells, decrease symptoms of depression and support the cardiovascular system. It can also assist lymphatic movement, which can prevent cold hands and feet and achiness. Massage also raises serotonin and dopamine levels, neurotransmitters that play vital roles in memory, mood regulation and immunity. Most significantly, higher serotonin levels are linked to lower levels of substance P, a neuropeptide that is central in pain perception. It soars during times of stress, anxiety and insufficient sleep, and has also been linked to tumor growth and inflammatory conditions.

As human beings, touch is so important. ~Anita Bondi

Multidimensional Well-Being

Bodywork can assist the physical body, but it can also be a restorative balm for the emotions and psyche. “As human beings, touch is so important. Massage modalities invite safe, healing touch,” says Anita Bondi, licensed massage therapist and a founder of the Wellspring Holistic Center, in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. “A good therapist will also educate a client about other benefits of a more holistic lifestyle. I believe any time we give ourselves permission to listen to the body’s wisdom and follow its lead, we reduce stress and increase well-being.” While women are more apt to include bodywork sessions in their health care,

men can be hesitant. Connolly encourages both women and men to experience CST and other modalities. “Sometimes men are a bit nervous about being touched, whether the practitioner is male or female. Even when open to hands-on therapy, some men believe extremely deep pressure is needed in order to be effective.” Not so, says Connolly, who cites the experience of Mark Bertolini, CEO of the Aetna health insurance company, who credits CST with saving his life when he was contemplating suicide and suffering severe neuropathic pain from a skiing accident.

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CST can also have an impact on women’s hormonal changes. “Very slight movement of tissues near the pituitary gland can exert a subtle pumping motion on the master gland in a way that will facilitate its

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ability to produce and release hormones,” explains Connolly. The therapy is sometimes used in conjunction with acupuncture, which also impacts hormones and works on the brain. A 2018 study by Chinese researchers published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine shows neuronal improvement through acupuncture in both cognitively impaired patients and healthy individuals.

Tools for Life

Most practitioners believe that deriving benefits from bodywork requires consistency, which can support longevity in unexpected ways. Garland says, “What really makes a difference in reducing chronic stress is consistent stress reduction. One session occasionally will feel good and reduce tension temporarily, but will not make a major difference in reducing stress in the long term.” King agrees: “A massage once a month is my recommendation for ideal overall maintenance, and more frequent sessions for specific conditions or goals.” Research and results confirm that well-being is not a luxury, but a necessity, and puts to rest the idea that bodywork is a guilty pleasure. “The more we do to help ourselves, the better our lives will be as we age,” says Bondi. Marlaina Donato is certified in massage and bodywork, and is the author of several books. Connect at

Shoulder Pain Relief through Fascia Therapy

by Eric Winder, DC


elieving shoulder pain requires a careful, thorough approach for this complicated joint. The shoulder moves more than any other joint in the human body, so both its movement and stability depend on over a dozen muscles. The successful treatment of many shoulder problems hinges on accurately finding which muscles are problematic and then applying treatments that will restore muscle function and balance. To illustrate the complexity of shoulder issues, let’s examine the cases of three recent patients of mine whom I will refer to as Pat, Larry and Sue. Pat could not raise her left arm to her head to style her own hair, and had been diagnosed with tendonitis. Larry could not reach behind himself or even into the back seat of his car. He was told that he had bursitis in his right shoulder. An MRI of Sue’s right shoulder exposed a small rotator cuff tear. She was unable to lift a coffee mug or drive her car without intense pain. Each of these patients had different problems, but the roots of their pain could be traced back to their fascia, a fibrous connective tissue. Three Problems Pat’s tendonitis occurred because lifting her arm caused a tendon to be pinched. Examination showed that her latissimus dorsi muscle, which is the largest shoulder muscle, was contracted and overly tight whenever she lifter her arm. This caused the joint to align incorrectly during motion which resulted in the pinch.

Larry could not reach behind himself because of tension in the pectoral (chest) muscles and restriction of the fascia at the front of his shoulder joint. These issues were likely caused by a hard fall onto concrete two years prior which caused shoulder pain for several weeks. In Sue’s case, shoulder movement was weak and unstable due to uneven tension and weakness in the muscles around her shoulder blade. Sue’s pain and discomfort had developed gradually over several months, rather than making a sudden appearance. The instability and awkwardness in her shoulder movements caused a gradual degeneration that led to her rotator cuff tear. Solving the Problems The solutions to these different problems shared one aspect in common—the need to restore muscular balance and stability to the shoulder. With the utilization of therapy to release restriction in the fascia, stress was removed from the irritated tendons and connective tissue, allowing it to heal. This kind of fascia release in the shoulder often relieves pain even when there is a minor tear or other injury. In the cases of Pat, Larry and Sue, all three found significant relief and ability to return to their daily activities. Pat required fascia treatment in the lower back area where the latissimus muscle is anchored. There were also restrictions in the fascia of the left side of her rib cage and her left biceps muscle. In addition to fascia release therapy, she also received a specific massage therapy to coincide with treatment to her lower back. After a few weeks of treatment, she was able to raise her left arm almost as high as the right with comfort and ease. In addition to treating Larry’s pectoral muscles and right shoulder joint, fascia restriction in his thoracic spine (mid-back) also needed to be released. Low-level laser therapy was also used to relieve pain and inflammation deep within the shoulder joint. Over time, he gained a full range of motion. I did, however, warn him to stop reaching behind himself from the front seat of his car into the back, for sales samples and his briefcase. That position is

unnatural and stressful to the shoulder and can cause injury, as he found out. Sue’s primary issue was in the serratus anterior muscle under the shoulder blade. She also had restricted fascia at the base of her neck and down her triceps. After a fascia release therapy, Sue learned to perform specific shoulder stretches and exercises to accelerate her healing and prevent re-injury. After the treatment was complete, Sue could drink her morning coffee and drive without complaint. She still had to avoid heavy lifting due to the rotator cuff tear, but otherwise, she had no problems with daily activities. The Common Thread No two shoulder problems are exactly the same. However, almost all issues with the shoulder can be improved by restoring muscular balance and stability to the joint. There are many important parts to a successful treatment plan for the shoulder which includes stretching, strengthening, and sometimes low-level laser or microcurrent therapy. The treatment that I find most critical is usually fascia therapy because restrictions in the fascia are often the main cause of muscle weakness, tension or imbalance. When fascia therapy is combined with other treatment methods to restore muscular balance and control of the shoulder joint, many types of shoulder pain can be significantly reduced or relieved entirely. This is even true when shoulder surgery has failed to resolve the shoulder pain or created new pain due to scar tissue. You are invited to attend an evening program on September 25, during which you can learn in-depth about fascia, why it is important and how to solve fascia problems when they create pain. Dr. Eric Winder will discuss case examples, provide a treatment demonstration and hold a Q&A session following the presentation. Attendees are invited to arrive at 6:45 p.m. for refreshments, and the program itself will take place from 7–8 p.m. This free event is located at 3131 S Tamiami Trail, #102, Sarasota. To RSVP, call 941-957-8390. Dr. Eric Winder has 21 years in practice, and focuses on relieving pain and restoring alignment and motion through fascia release therapies, without forceful manipulation. For more information, visit    September 2019


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sight interrupts focus, University of Texas at Austin researchers found. At night, make sure devices are turned off an hour before bedtime, and then collect them into a recharging basket by the front door. Keep phones, computers and tablets in a public part of the home—out of kids’ bedrooms— so that online activities are in plain view.

How to Click With Young Techies any Silicon Valley executives that design devices and apps have put their own children in tech-free Waldorf schools, reports The New York Times; even Bill Gates and Steve Jobs strictly limited their kids’ screen time. They know firsthand what many parents fear—that kids are missing out on developing life and social skills because of technology that has been deliberately designed to be addictive. Recent studies link excessive digital use by kids to anxiety, depression and, according to a team of University of Southern California scientists published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a doubled risk of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder compared with infrequent users. However, there are sound strategies that we can use to help kids navigate the electronic wilds, say experts. “Parent like a tech exec by establishing strong tech limits and actively engaging your kids instead with family, school and the outdoors,” advises Richard Freed, Ph.D., a Walnut Creek, California, child and teen psychologist and author of Wired Child: Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age.


Part of the challenge we face as parents is that these devices make things easier for us because our kids are occupied, so if we want to change our kids’ tech behavior, we’ll have to change how we do things, as well. ~Mariam Gates like no video games on weeknights, or very specific, like you can only play YouTube videos on the living room computer when other family members are present,” says Angela Roeber, director of communications at Omaha’s Project Harmony, a child protection nonprofit.


Set sensible time limits. The

American Academy of Pediatrics recommends monitored, minimal screen time for kids under 2 years old; one hour a day for kids 2 to 5; and “consistent limits” for kids 6 and older. “What works best for my family is a simple kitchen timer,” says Anya Kamenetz, author of The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life.


Talk with kids. Discuss with them

why limits are needed, how to evaluate internet information according to its source,

apps and website visits. Check out, which rates such content. If one causes concern, instead of Googling just its name, add search terms like “risks”, “problems” or “child use”.


Employ parental controls.

Websites and games can be blocked or limited within the devices themselves. Consider replacing the Safari or Chrome browser on a device with a kid-friendly version like Mobicip or GoogleSafeSearch, or installing in-depth monitoring programs such as Net Nanny, Norton Family Premier or Qustodio Parental Control.


Create enjoyable alternatives.

Bicycle with kids in a park. Enroll them in sport teams and art classes. “Part of the challenge we face as parents is that these devices make things easier for us because our kids are occupied, so if we want to change our kids’ tech behavior, we’ll have to change how we do things, as well,” says Mariam Gates, an educator and author of Sweet Dreams: Bedtime Visualizations for Kids.


Do a family digital detox.

During one Sunday a month at home, a weekend away camping or a vacation at a remote spot, keep all devices off and

away—and watch how kids grow more responsive as they tune back into “real life”. “Remember, our kids may always be an app ahead of us, but they will always need our parenting wisdom,” advises Sue Scheff, a cyber-safety blogger and co-author with Melissa Schorr of Shame Nation: The Global Epidemic of Online Hate.

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different ways to balance doshas in tune with the seasons. “In winter, use warming spices like ginger, cinnamon or chilies, and in summer, season with cooling spices like coriander and fennel, or fresh herbs like cilantro,” says Alter.

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n Ayurveda, food is medicine,” says Susan Weis-Bohlen, the Reisterstown, Maryland, instructor and author of Ayurveda Beginner’s Guide: Essential Ayurvedic Principles and Practices to Balance and Heal Naturally. “How we feed ourselves is the first line of disease prevention and longevity.” First developed in India some 5,000 years ago, Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. It works to rebalance mental and physical health in coordination with mind-body energy types called doshas. The primary ones—Vata, Pitta and Kapha—correlate to the five elements of space, air, fire, earth and water, and can fluctuate over time. An Ayurvedic diet can help address dosha imbalances and optimize health and well-being. New York City chef, restauranteur and author Divya Alter embraced Ayurveda while suffering from an autoimmune disorder that conventional medicine couldn’t cure. “Food was instrumental to my healing,” she says.

Eating in Season “Ayurveda is about living in harmony. Eating seasonally and locally, you not only get the most nourishment, but also rekindle your relationship to food and the environment,” says Nishita Shah, of The Ayurvedic Institute, in Albuquerque. 38

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“In Ayurveda, we look to seasons to determine what to eat based on what is naturally available, like eating light juicy fruits in summer rather than the heavy root vegetables abundant in winter,” notes Weis-Bohlen. Spices and herbs have powerful healing properties that can be combined in

Proper combination and selection of ingredients are a critical component of Ayurveda, according to Alter, author of What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen. She says, “Well-prepared food is easy to digest and protects prana—the food’s living force or energy—so it can nourish and energize.” Ayurveda also focuses on the “six tastes” ideally present in every dish: sweet, sour, salty, astringent, bitter and pungent. “Western cuisine has a strong salty and sweet bias. Health issues arise from an imbalanced palate,” says Shah. Alter adjusts taste profiles according to the season and the individual’s dosha. “Bitter foods can be very cleansing and help eliminate winter sluggishness. More pungent foods are good in the spring, when the body may feel congested and heavy after winter,” she says.

Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible.


The Beginner’s Ayurvedic Kitchen

he rules of Ayurvedic cooking can seem overwhelming, but there are simple ways to start aligning our diet with its principles. “There is a profound knowledge behind Ayurvedic cooking, but the methods of preparation are easy; you don’t need to be a skilled chef,” says chef, restauranteur and author Divya Alter. “One portion of food should fit in your hands when cupped together,” says Nishita Shah, of The Ayurvedic Institute. “Any more is going above and beyond what the body needs and can handle.” “Energetic imbalances can fluctuate, so what you need now doesn’t have to be what you eat for the rest of your life,” says Alter. Shah uses color to guide her cooking, declaring a dish done when its greens are at peak vibrancy.

Alter stresses eating according to the strength of your digestion. “Someone with a fiery or strong digestion may need to eat heavier foods and more frequent meals.” Cooking with fresh, high-quality and ideally, organic ingredients is key. Food should be prepared soon after purchase and consumed soon after preparation to maximize flavors and nutrition. Ayurvedic cooking enhances natural flavors, while optimizing digestion, nutrient absorption and waste elimination. “How you experience food after a meal is just as important as how you feel while eating it. Deep frying, charring or cooking at high temperatures makes food hard to digest, overheats the liver and causes acidity,” says Alter.

To address diners’ differing doshas at her restaurant, Divya’s Kitchen, Alter focuses on seasonal dishes that incorporate all six tastes. “By definition, these are tri-doshic foods which can balance all three dosha types.” Good tri-doshic foods include asparagus in spring, berries in summer and root vegetables in winter. “Cooked leafy greens can also be tri-doshic,” says Alter, adding that spices can tweak the natural dosha effect of a given food.

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Ayurveda’s rules of the kitchen—such as avoiding cold, raw, processed or microwaved foods, not combining fruits with other foods, and making lunch the heaviest meal of the day—can run counter to the typical Western diet, but with time, Ayurvedic cooking can become intuitive. Ayurvedic meals don’t need to be complicated or challenging to prepare. “A simple apple or plain rice can nourish us,” says Shah. One of Alter’s favorite recipes is an apple or pear stewed with cloves, prepared and eaten first thing in the morning to stimulate the digestive system. Plain almonds are another good protein snack, especially in aiding digestion when soaked and peeled, she advises. A “Buddha bowl” packed with colorful, sautéed vegetables, lentils and a grain like quinoa, barley or millet makes for a simple, nourishing, well-balanced meal, says Shah. “I try to add just enough spice to enhance the flavor, while still being able to taste the sweetness of a carrot or the bitterness of chard.” A cook’s mindset is as important as the meal itself, say Ayurvedic practitioners. Alter believes mindfulness while cooking and eating not only enhances our experience, but also our digestion. Ayurvedic cooking should be fun, ignite curiosity and taste great—not feel restrictive or lack flavor, says Shah. “Food should bring joy, and bring us back in tune with our bodies. Our bodies are smart and will tell us what they need.”

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Beauty Buzz: Are Toxic ingredients in Your Skin Care? by Point Lumineux Staff


et’s talk about skin care products and the harmful chemicals often inside of them which can clog your pores and even promote cancer growth. Did you know the skin absorbs up to 60% of what you put on it? Even if a chemical isn’t so harmful that it has an immediate effect, some accumulate in the body and take a toll over time. If you deal with chemicals that are carcinogenic, interfere with hormones (endocrine disruptors), or are toxic to your nervous system, the goal is to minimize this exposure as much as possible. The product selection out there seems endless, and choosing a healthy option for your specific skin type can seem daunting. We want to make

it easier for you when deciphering what to use on your skin—or at least what to avoid. Here’s a list of the most toxic ingredients that you’ll want to steer clear of. Parabens Parabens are several distinct chemicals with a similar molecular structure. Several are common in a wide array of cosmetic and personal care products: ethylparaben, butylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben. Numerous studies have been conducted on both sides of the argument about parabens, so the question remains, should we avoid them? The problem with parabens has been identified because they are xenoestrogens. In other words, they mimic estrogen in

the body which has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues including the early onset of puberty and reduced sperm count. SLS’s Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a surfactant, detergent and emulsifier used in thousands of cosmetic products, as well as in industrial cleaners. It is present in nearly all shampoos, scalp treatments, hair color and bleaching agents, toothpastes, body washes and cleansers, make-up foundations, liquid hand soaps, laundry detergents, and bath oils or salts. Although SLS originates from coconuts, the chemical is anything but natural. The real problem with SLES/SLS is the manufacturing process (ethoxylation) results in SLES/SLS being contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic by-product. Mineral Oil Mineral oil is a colorless and odorless oil that’s made from petroleum—as a byproduct of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline. It’s long been used as a common ingredient in lotions, creams, ointments, and cosmetics. It’s lightweight

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Each time we show up on our mats, we show up for ourselves, an opportunity to nourish the body, our one and only temple.

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Yoga gives us powerful tools so we may age gracefully. ~Lisa Moore

The Power of Yoga

Tapping Into the Life Force by Marlaina Donato


ongevity is something most of us strive for, and increasingly, research shows that implementing a consistent yoga practice can be a fruitful investment toward that goal. Yoga is an eight-branch system of well-being that encompasses exercise, meditation, conscious breathing, diet and other elements, but how it effects mind-body fitness alone is proving to be a reliable defense against age-related loss of mobility, cardiovascular disease and depression. Its stress-busting capabilities help to support challenged adrenal glands and lower elevated blood pressure. Getting on the mat can improve insulin sensitivity in diabetics and also help balance immune responses in individuals with autoimmune conditions or insufficient natural killer cells. Combined research from 22 studies by the University of Edinburgh reveals that yoga, compared to both sedentary lifestyles and other forms of exercise such as walking or chair aerobics, improved the lower-body strength and flexibility in individuals age 60 and older. The findings published earlier this year in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 42

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also showed improved quality of sleep and fewer symptoms of depression.

Fewer Health Risks, Stronger Bones

Yoga’s inverted poses increase blood circulation to vital organs, including the intestines, which facilitates assimilation of nutrients and waste elimination. Asanas like shoulder stand, bridge and downwardfacing dog stimulate blood flow from the lower extremities to the heart and fortify red blood cells by increasing hemoglobin, guarding against blood clots, stroke and heart attack. Yoga can also strengthen the bones. A 2016 study published in the International Journal of Yoga shows improved bone mineral density in women with postmenopausal osteoporosis. “Much like a house that sits empty or a car left to sit unused in a garage, our human parts can age and rot without movement. Movement creates more energy,” explains Nancy Poole, a teacher at Clarksburg Yoga and Wellness, in Clarksburg, Maryland. Joints lose flexibility as we age, but yoga movement provides them with essential oxygen, blood and nutrients. Lisa

Moore, owner of Free to Be Yoga, in Great Falls, Montana, underscores, “A joint needs to move through its full range of motion to function well. Movement helps lubricate and cushion joints, provides nutrition and removes wastes.”

Stretching Into Joy

A 2014 hatha yoga study published in the Journals of Gerontology revealed increased cognitive function in older adults after eight weeks of yoga three times a week. Yoga’s super power lies in its capacity to reset the autonomic nervous system and ramp up mood-boosting serotonin while decreasing monoamine oxidase, an enzyme that disarms the effects of stress hormones like cortisol. Under the influence of yoga, the brain is bathed in calming neurotransmitters, combatting depression and anxiety, and instilling a sense of optimism. “Yoga also helps us to embrace the hard times and ride the waves. With the tools that yoga provides, we can swim toward the light. It also helps us to experience a more intimate relationship with body and soul, and in turn make better choices in all aspects of life,” notes Carmen Ferreira, owner of the Sunshine Barre Studio, in Rocky Point, New York. Moore concurs, advising, “Yoga gives us powerful tools so we may age gracefully. One of them is to manage stress with equanimity.”

The Breath of Life

Conscious breathing is at the core of a dedicated yoga practice, and a lowered risk of cardiovascular and respiratory disease gives us another reason to inhale and exhale deeply. Poole observes, “Our general population does not breathe correctly, and many of us even hold our breath unconsciously. For my students, the hardest part of yoga is learning to take deep, full breaths. Old breathing habits must be unlearned. Once

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attention is given to the breath, tensions can be released.” “Yoga improves lung capacity and brings more energy to the cells, which in turn creates more energy and life force in our bodies,” says Ferreira. “It helps us to live from the heart’s center and foster a better quality of life,” she adds. “Each time we show up on our mats, we show up for ourselves, an opportunity to nourish the body, our one and only temple.” Marlaina Donato is an author of several books and a composer. Connect at

September 2019


How Yoga Therapy Changes Lives, Lifestyles and Medicine by Paula Morris, C-IAYT, ERYT, MA


imes have changed. Before the 1990s, few doctors and medical therapists were aware of yoga’s mind-body benefits to recommend to their patients. Medical science could save and enhance lives with heart bypass and angioplasty procedures, but these conditions would often reoccur. After serious injury and rehabilitation, patients were often left with addictive prescriptions to manage their pain. If a patient felt mentally stressed or emotionally disturbed by life events, most physicians did not address that side of health in consultations, and psychological care was separated from medical treatment. The effects of unmanaged chronic and post-traumatic stress received minimal attention until research named it the number one factor that impacted degeneration, health breakdown, increased medical risks and shortened lifespan. Now, the National Institute of Health includes yoga therapy among other recognized “complementary alternative medicines,” based on amassed international research that corroborates the significant efficacy and therapeutic value of this modality to healing from both pain and stress. Moreover, when yoga is adapted, individualized, and targeted to specific needs, the result is yoga therapy. Not only do more healthcare providers in both mental and physical medicine recommend yoga therapy to their patients, they also have started to discover how it improves their own health, well-being and performance. 44

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Yoga therapy is effective because it is stress management for the mind, body and spirit. The modality integrates all of these as equal resources for health and healing, then adapts them to individual needs and limitations, just as is done in other targeted therapies. It exercises and restores the whole person through movement, breath, awareness, relaxation and meditation. One study from the 2011 Annals of Medicine concluded that 12 weeks of yoga therapy was twice as effective as 12 months of physical therapy for pain, as well as the most effective option for back pain. Clinical studies of patients with heart and other chronic diseases also saw diseases reduced or permanently reversed when yoga therapy was applied as a continuous lifestyle of self-care. A recent Harvard Medical School study compared those who practiced yoga and those who did not, and found a 43% lower incidence of medical visits for those who practiced regularly. However, sometimes these results cause misunderstandings. For example, a 1998 JAMA study attracted buzz about yoga’s benefits for carpal tunnel syndrome, and many people with this injury flocked to group classes which included typical weight-bearing poses on the hands and wrists that do not help the condition. The JAMA research was based on a therapeutic program designed solely for people with the syndrome. While yoga is beneficial, personalization is rarely possible in generalized group classes, and some people cannot—or should not— participate in them. Certified yoga therapists are trained and experienced to design and target which yoga tools will best affect a person, address their needs and limitations, and keep them safe. Yoga therapists primarily serve one-to-one or in small groups of a similar condition. A regular yoga teacher often cannot provide this. What makes yoga therapy unique is that it addresses a person’s total life condition, and the practitioner learns independence and skill in practices to optimize and self-regulate their overall health and functionality. Someone in

pain or recovery might practice reclined supported postures, breathwork and meditation until they are physically able for more. For a busy working parent, the practice might be just 15 minutes once or twice daily and one longer guided session once a week. Those healing tools—simple as they might seem— can profoundly improve health on all levels because we know the mind and body communicate with each other on a cellular level. This integrated and frequent dosage can be more effective in maintaining health and happiness than treating each body system separately—or not at all—until the symptoms indicate a problem. Yoga therapists create simple and individualized practices for at home and on-the-job applications, for prevention and recovery, so that everyone can access yoga’s health benefits in their differing lives, bodies, environments, ages, conditions and needs. To locate a certified yoga therapist near you, visit or the International Association of Yoga Therapists at IAYT. org. Yoga therapists can be found educating schools and adult learning centers, and serving in private practice, wellness centers or hospitals around the world. You are never too old, and it’s never too early or late to begin. Yoga therapy is for anyone who desires to feel supported, strong and resilient through life’s changes or challenges of all kinds. This modality helps countless practitioners to continue to experience both purpose and enjoyment in their fullest, healthiest lives at each stage. Paula Morris, MA, C-IAYT, ERYT, is a Certified Yoga Therapist by the IAYT and experienced yoga teacher since 2007 who opened Empowered 2 Wellness Yoga Therapy in 2017 as a private practice in Sarasota. She offers consultations for free, and as a community leader in the use of yoga therapy for all, she designs wellness courses for Ringling College’s Osher Learning Institute. Register for Fall’s “Living Healthier: Mind-Body Practices for Everyday Life” at Morris also contributes to Manatee Memorial Hospital’s cancer survival and support group and provides “Survive and Thrive” sessions in Sarasota, as well as “Unplug and Restore” halfday meditation retreats. Her practice is located at 1219 S East Ave., #104, Sarasota. For more information and to schedule a consultation, call 941-316-6893, email YogaTherapyWithPaula@ or visit


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We had one bottle of Nestlé Pure Life with over 10,000 pieces of plastic. ~Sherri Mason, Ph.D.

The Re-Use Revolution Plastics Peril Drives New Strategies


by Yvette C. Hammett

aily news footage and photos capture the damage plastic is doing to the planet’s oceans: turtles ensnared in plastic nets, whales with guts full of plastics and aerial views of the burgeoning island of floating detritus known as the Pacific Garbage Patch. Tiny pieces of plastic are even showing up in our food and drinking water. The growing plastics crisis has some people yearning for the days when soft drinks and beer all came in reusable containers that required a deposit, or when milk and cream were delivered to the front porch in quaint, glass bottles. Sherri Mason, Ph.D., sustainability coordinator at Penn State Behrend, in Erie, Pennsylvania, believes this is exactly the direction this issue may take. “I do think some of it will be a return to glass,” she says. Mason conducted a study in 2018 and discovered that bottled water contained tiny bits of microplastic. An earlier tap water study she conducted showed there were about five particles of plastic in a liter of tap water, if averaged across the globe. “We thought that would shock people into demanding change. Instead, a lot of the comments were to drink more bottled water.”

In the 2018 study, Mason and her team, then at the State University of New York at Fredonia, tested 259 bottles of water from nine countries that included all the top brands in the U.S.—Dasani, Aquafina and Nestlé Pure Life, among them. “On average, for every liter of bottled water in total, you would be ingesting 325 pieces of plastic. We had one bottle of Nestlé Pure Life with over 10,000 pieces of plastic. These are the particles that can make their way across the gastrointestinal tract and be carried to your blood, liver, kidneys and brain,” Mason says. Analysis of the particles indicates that the plastics found in bottled water leach from the container itself, while the source in tap water may be PVC pipes and fittings. However, plastics are also ubiquitous in surface and groundwater, and may make their way into drinking supplies via air, wind, rain and industrial activity, according to an assessment published earlier this year in the journal Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health. After Mason’s findings were released, the World Health Organization announced a review into the potential risks of plastic in drinking water. Meantime, the impact of plastic pollution on marine life—zooplank-

ton, seabirds, marine mammals and reptiles throughout the food chain—is well documented, according to a 2014 study published in the online journal PLOS ONE. The study estimates more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic, weighing somewhere near 269,000 tons, are floating in the Earth’s oceans. People are loudly calling for change, and innovators are responding. In the United Kingdom, there is the Plastics Pact, which brings together businesses from across the plastic industry to eliminate problematic or single-use plastics through redesign, innovation and alternative delivery models. A UK startup, Ooho, has created an edible water container made of seaweed to provide the convenience of plastic bottles while limiting the environmental impact. Tom Szaky, the CEO and founder of TerraCycle, a Trenton, New Jersey, recycling company, is among those pioneering a rebirth of reusing with a pilot project launched in May called Loop. The company has partnered with Proctor & Gamble, Nestlé, Clorox and other major brands to deliver and retrieve products in durable, reusable containers, just like the milk man. Consumers can order everyday items from the online Loop store—paying a deposit on the container—and UPS will deliver it to their doorstep, picking up empties to be washed, refilled and used again and again. “Hundreds of products, from Tide to Häagen-Dazs to Tropicana, are being delivered,” says Szaky. “It’s growing very fast in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, D.C.; and we’ve just expanded to Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Delaware—eventually nationwide.” The re-use revolution is also taking shape in 10 states and a U.S. territory that have passed “bottle bills”: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Vermont and Guam. Typically, the laws require a deposit of 5 to 15 cents be placed on all glass, plastic and metal containers. Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at September 2019


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essica Martinez, a medical assistant and part-time dog groomer in Rockford, Illinois, was growing her family— a husband, two daughters and a young beloved husky. When their third daughter was born with health problems and an allergy to dogs, Martinez was determined to manage the situation. She cleaned fervently—vacuuming, wiping down hard surfaces, and bathing and brushing the dog every day. Everyone had to wash their hands frequently. In addition, the room where other dogs were

groomed had to be thoroughly cleaned after each session. It all eventually became too exhausting, and the husky was rehomed. But there may have been other options available to the family, say practitioners that treat patients with pet allergies. “I personally would rather not recommend that a patient not be around animals, because there are so many health benefits that animals can bring,” says Rosia Parrish, a naturopathic doctor at Boulder Natural Health, in Colorado, and a spokesperson for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Allergen Alert

Some families opt for one of the so-called hypoallergenic breeds of dogs or cats. However, experts at the American Lung Association and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology advise that all warm-blooded animals shed dander: flecks of skin containing proteins that can cause allergies. Additional allergens exist in proteins from saliva, urine and feces. Because proteins, not fur, are to blame, even short-haired or hairless dogs and cats can elicit an allergic response. They’re present in the dander of all mammals, including horses, rabbits, cows and mice. “Allergies are caused when the immune system cannot discern the difference between a safe protein, such as egg, and a dangerous protein, such as mold, and it starts attacking the wrong ones,” says Barbara Meconis, a registered nurse and owner of Holistic Care Approach, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In the home, these proteins can easily become airborne and cling to surfaces and clothing. They can be carried by people to pet-free schools and hospitals, making the proteins difficult to avoid, so for those that deal with symptoms that range from watering eyes to difficulty breathing, allergies can flare up in unlikely places.

Traditional Medical Response

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I personally would rather not recommend that a patient not be around animals because there are so many health benefits that animals can bring. ~Rosia Parrish when multiple or severe allergies are present. Pet owners aren’t given many choices. “In the last five years, there is a working theory regarding being desensitized with incremental exposures, but there is no proof,” says Meconis. “Elimination has always been the answer from mainstream allopathic medicine, so if you are allergic to pets, they say, ‘don’t have a pet.’” Parrish suggests that making lifestyle changes may enable some people to keep a furry friend in their lives. Effectively preventing allergic reactions requires limiting exposure to the offending animal proteins. This can mean vacuuming often, using HEPA-grade air filters, removing carpeting, leaving coats and shoes at the door and washing sheets, mattress covers—and the pet—on a regular basis.

Alternative Treatments

At Holistic Care Approach, Meconis is trained in Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Therapy (NAET), a combination of allopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, kinesiology and nutrition. Treatments are typically effective in as little as one session per allergy. “We reprogram the immune system so that it no longer ‘sees’ that particular allergen as an invader,” Meconis says. “By removing disharmony at the intercellular level, the body stops being so reactive.” Founded in 1983 by Devi Nambudripad, a California chiropractor and acupuncturist, today there are more than 12,000 NAET practitioners and they can be found at Parrish recommends natural treatments for affected people such as steam showers and baths with thyme, eucalyptus and menthol to help clear passageways, along with anti-inflammatory supplements like boswellia, quercetin, nettle leaf, fish oil and magnesium. “Unless an allergy is severe, I think that living around cats, dogs and other furry animals is a really good thing and brings so much love and sloppy kisses into our lives,” she says. However, for a serious allergic reaction such as asthma, a pet lizard may be in order. Julie Peterson has contributed to Natural Awakenings for more than a decade. Contact her at

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VENOUS RISING Natural Help for Varicose Veins

by Melanie Laporte


he season for wearing shorts and swimsuits may be coming to an end, but the unsightly—and often painful—puffy, blue streaks caused by varicose veins will likely remain an issue for many. While more than 40 percent of adults suffer from them, women are affected two to three times more often, according to a study in the journal BMJ Clinical Evidence. It cites child-bearing, especially more than two pregnancies, as one root cause of varicose veins. However, smoking, family history, obesity and professions that involve extended periods of standing and sitting such as chefs, hairdressers, office workers and healthcare professionals can also contribute to the condition. Birthdays can also be a factor. “As we age, the leg skin gets thinner from wear and tear,” says Marcelle Pick, an integrative OB/GYN nurse practitioner in Falmouth, Maine, resulting in even more visible veins. However, these lumpy blood vessels can cause more than cosmetic issues Varicose veins can promote pain, cramping, itching and swelling of lower legs, ankles and feet, as well as lead to more serious health conditions involving blood clots and poor circulation. There are a number of natural strategies that can alleviate symptoms and even prevent them from developing.

Get Moving

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to pool inside the vessel. “When you’re standing still for a long period of time, the valves stop working and blood fills in the vein, creating more and more pressure, which dilates it like a water balloon,” says Dr. Mary Sheu, assistant professor of dermatology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Walking, swimming, cycling and trampoline jumping are among the most beneficial activities. Sheu says it helps to get up and walk around every half hour for those with a stationary desk job. “Do some squats or go on your tiptoes to get the blood pumping, so it’s not stagnant.” Aerial yoga or headstands are other exercises that help move blood from the feet to heart, along with using an inversion table that holds people upside-down. However, most people can’t stay in that position for any appreciable length of time, so an easy daily option is to elevate the legs on a pillow or small stool. “Any position where your legs are elevated above the level of your heart would help with the flow of fluid back towards the heart,” says Sheu. Work with gravity: the higher the elevation, the quicker blood returns to the heart.


Supportive legwear is another effective way to reduce water retention and swelling, boost circulation and improve pelvic posture. “Compression stockings help keep

everything cinched in so veins don’t stay dilated and the valves don’t move farther apart,” says Sheu, especially for frequent flyers stuck in a small seat for long flights. In addition to old-fashioned tights, support options range from chic, charcoal, high-denier hose and lacey knee socks to stylish compression leggings, athletic compression socks and light support pantyhose. Most are readily available in airports and retail outlets.

Nutritional Support

Because obesity is a known cause of venous issues, maintaining a healthy weight is essential to lessening pressure on the lower limbs. Pick recommends an antiinflammatory diet rich in antioxidants that helps increase blood circulation. Foods like blueberries, blackberries, leafy greens, beets and ginger are good options. Chamomile and dandelion tea can arrest fluid retention, which relates to swelling and heaviness in the legs, as do botanical herbs. Ascorbic acid and ginkgo biloba stimulate circulation, helping the veins and capillaries contract. Australian naturopath Leah Hechtman, who specializes in reproductive health, often sees women dealing with compromised veins. “Rutin, quercetin, and vitamin P bioflavonoids, taken in conjunction with vitamin C, are effective at improving the integrity of the vein and improving blood flow,” she says. Another flavonoid, red vine leaf, reduces swelling and symptoms of tension and heaviness in the legs. Jill Blakeway, a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in New York City and author of Energy Medicine: The Science and Mystery of Healing, advises, “CoQ10 increases circulation, while horse chestnut and bilberry reduce inflammation and increase fluid circulation.” She also recommends bromelain, which is an anti-inflammatory and reduces the risk of blood clots, with acupuncture to raise central qi, which improves the elasticity of blood vessels and improves blood flow. Melanie Laporte is a freelance writer and licensed massage therapist based in Austin, Texas.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 ECK Light and Sound Service - 11am-noon. How to Overcome the Fear of Death. Each person is a divine being who comes to life on Earth with a spiritual purpose, ultimately to become a coworker with God. Soul can never die. Death, the translation or movement from one stage of experience to another is but a further step on Soul’s journey home to God. LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 812 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte, 941-358-0325,

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 Meditation + Acupuncture for Sleep - 7-8pm. Join International Best-selling author/Spiritual Mentor Lara Jaye and Molly Rhoads from Rhoads to Health Acupuncture on the 1st Tuesday each month for a healing and mindfulness event. Align your mind, body, and spirit to live a more fulfilled, meaningful and inspired life. To reserve your spot, go to events at $30 at Salt of the Earth Sarasota, 4037 Clark Road, Sarasota. More info,

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Salt Bed + Healing with Lara Jaye - Light language intuitive energy sessions. Prepare to release stuck emotions, be filled with higher vibrational energy, and have a renewed meaning to live a more fulfilled life. Feel lighter, energized, focused, decreased stress, and expanded intuition. All day - must schedule in advance at $125/session. At Salt of the Earth, 4037 Clark Road, Sarasota. More info, Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe: Crystal Records Readings with Debbie - 11am-4pm. Debbie now has developed the ability to access a person’s soul information from the Crystal Library on the etheric plane which is several dimensions above the Akashic Records. The Crystal Library records contain energetically recorded information of each soul and it’s human journey through all time and space. This includes all soul and human thoughts, feelings, intent, words and deeds. The Crystal Libraries are an informational catalog that Debbie can access to give insight, guidance, wisdom and healing from our past, present and future self. 30 mins/$60, 1 hr/$100. Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe, 6283 Lake Osprey Dr. Sarasota, 941-822-8056,

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe: Ask Susan! - Susan’s Tarot Readings are straightforward and offer the opportunity to receive clarity and wisdom. You will walk away feeling empowered to navigate your life’s journey toward fulfillment with clear guidance and insight. 30 mins/$60, 1 hr/ $100. Appointment is recommended; however, walk-ins are welcomed. Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe, 6283 Lake Osprey Dr. Sarasota, 941-822-8056, Susan@

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Psychic Saturday – 10:30am-1pm. Readings and Healings, 15-minute readings $20. Vibrational Healing, Love Donation. Gift certificates available. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave, 941-953-6620,


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Women’s Yoga Workshop w Stephanie Nikirk 1-4pm. Gentle Yoga • Art Project • Mindfulness Exercise • Restorative Yoga. Light refreshments provided. Location: Colonial Oaks Community Center. Beginners welcome! $45. Please reserve space by emailing or for questions. Woman’s Gathering - 3-4:30pm. Held at Spa Northwest in Bradenton, every first Saturday of the month. Bring a friend and meet new friends in honoring the loving awareness of The Sacred Feminine, uniting us to our ‘authentic self” through playing, dancing, chanting and more. Due to limited seating, pre-registration is suggested by going online at Workshops-and-Events/. $20. For more information call Sioux Nikoley at 941-518-9681. Drum Circle - 5-6:30pm. At Spa Northwest in Bradenton, every first Saturday of the month. A ‘let loose’ experience to shake, rattle and roll. No drum? No problem. Bring anything that you can improvise as percussion. Casual fun for mature teens and adults. Pre-registration online at Spa-NorthWest. com/Workshops-and-Events/. $20. For more information call Sioux Nikoley at 941-518-9681

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Vibration-Raising TSU Community Potluck - 121:30pm. Come to a get together of light minds and hearts in a casual environment with a welcoming group. Bring your favorite dish. This event will be held directly after the Sunday Celebration (held from 10:30am to 12:00pm). Bring your instruments if you wish to join in. You’ll find people to connect with through spirit, music, and food. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874,,

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Crush Your Keto Seminar - FREE! Guest Speaker from Natures Plus, snacks, giveaways and more! Must Reserve a Seat! 941-342-1908 See Super Value Nutrition’s Full-Page Ad for More Details. 5842 Bee Ridge Road, 941-342-1908, Sarasota, Free Medical Cannabis Educational Event - Sponsored by Muv, Trulieve, Surterra - 5:307pm. Please join us for our informational event. Here, you will find answers to your questions, obtain product knowledge, and speak with our doctors in reference to consultations – now available to clients who qualify at Point Lumineux! We are excited about this educational seminar sponsored by Muv, Trulieve & Surterra. We hope to see you there! Event Sponsors Muv, Trulieve & Surterra will be providing food! Call 941-217-6828 to register, Point Lumineux, 2206 Jo An Drive, Ste 4, Sarasota.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Laugh-Firmations – 6-7pm. Initiate laughter as exercise along with child-like playfulness. Combine it with yogic breathing (Pranayama) which helps to oxygenate the blood. Affirmations are used to focus on positive thoughts and beliefs. Recent studies have confirmed that affirmations have improved the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds. The simple act of focusing on the sources of meaning and purpose in our lives is incredibly effective at lowering defenses and changing behavior. With Jean Marcley. $10. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, Manatee Sarasota Sierra Club General Meeting – 7pm. Pat Rounds our special guest will be speaking about Sarasota County Board of County Commission’s plan to redraw county district lines before the 2020 election and the upcoming census. Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Ave of the Arts, Sarasota, Florida.SierraClub.Org/Sarasota.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Elysian Fields Anniversary Celebration! - Friday, Sept 13th- Sunday, Sept 15th. This weekend will be spent enjoying all the magical and mystical things the store has to offer. The sale will last throughout the whole weekend, but Saturday will have special guests and exciting events happening in honor of the 28 beautiful years as Sarasota’s first metaphysical store. Featuring: SALE, Colonial Shrubs Tastings, Pavé Chocolate Tastings, Tea Forté Tastings, Flash Floor Readings, Henna, Tattoo, Card Pulling, Essential Oil Sampling, Bowl Demonstrations, Reflexology/Aromatherapy. Enter to win our grab bag raffle and with any purchase over $20 you will also get a new Elysian Fields sticker for free! Elysian Fields, 1273 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-361-3006, ECKANKAR Center and Reading Room of Sarasota Open - 3-6pm. If you have a true desire to experience God for yourself, Eckankar can help you reach that goal. Discover a better understanding of your true spiritual purpose. Complimentary materials available. 3650F Webber St. Sarasota, 941-358-0325, How and Why We Do Mediumship - 7:30-9pm. With Carolan Carey. Learn what mediumship is and how it works. Discover the inspiration and healing it offers and its role in the grief process. Explore this wonderful and powerful connection to Spirit and the differences it makes in so many lives. All are welcome. $15. Learning Center, 941-953-6620,

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Abundance Revolution - 10am-3pm. When you begin understanding and applying the principles of manifestation and the tools that are part of this program you will begin experiencing unexpected transformations in every aspect of your life. Discover how using the universal laws correctly can lead to your exponential success. Go beyond goal setting, visualizations and affirmations with these tools which can train you to train your vibration and enable you to manifest like a master. With Annindita Palaus. $89/advance, $119/ATD. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, Learn Energetic Healing with REIKI 1 - 10am2pm. In this fun and powerful one-day class you will 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. Class size is limited, so preregistration required. Workshop includes: Reiki 1 Certification and Attunement, Aura Clearing, Hand Positions, Self-Treatment, Healing Others, Body Scanning, Develop your Practice, Reiki in Hospitals. With Barbara Harrison. $118/advance, $138/ATD. $18, Manual Separate. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, Astrology of 2020: Seeing “Perfect” with Clear Vision Before & Beyond - 10:30am-1:30pm. We will explore the astrological influences present that are weaving their way into this divine design. A timeline ranging from the present through 2026 will be covered, with the focus on the year 2020, as major aspects related to this cosmic shift are discussed in detail. Come learn about the major astrological events taking place next year, their inherent meaning and symbolism. With Nathaniel Glosson. $29.95. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874,,

Experience HU, the Sound of Soul - 11am-12pm. Chanting HU can bring you peace, calm, and harmony, regardless of your religion, culture, or walk of life. There will be 15-20 minutes of chanting followed by 2-5 minutes of quiet contemplation, then a discussion and light refreshments. Free. Visit for a video and further explanation of the Sound of Soul. Woodmere Park Classroom B2, 3951 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice, 941-358-0325, Sound Meditation - 3-4:30pm. At Spa Northwest in Bradenton. Meditation using various instruments producing vibration to gently yield one’s personal vibration into the natural order of a unified field, relaxing and uplifting the spirit within. Preregistration online $20. For more information call Sioux Nikoley at 941-518-9681.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Experience HU, the Sound of Soul - 10am-11. Chanting HU can bring you peace, calm, and harmony, regardless of your religion, culture, or walk of life. There will be 15-20 minutes of chanting followed by 2-5 minutes of quiet contemplation, then a discussion and light refreshments. Free. Visit for a video and further explanation of the Sound of Soul. ECKANKAR Center and Reading Room, 3650F Webber St., Sarasota, 941-358-0325, Learn Your Abundance Number & Increase it to 100! - 12:30-2:30pm. Eliminate your sub conscience beliefs around money and success. Release any emotions tied to limiting your natural state of abundance. Raise your vibration to align with the abundance frequency. In this workshop, you will be intuitively guided to release the subconscious beliefs you are holding regarding abundance and success as well as any blocks holding you back from achieving your heart’s desire. With Ann Bliss. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, REIKI 2 Certification - 1-5pm. Reiki 2 teaches distance healing in order to bridge the span of space and time. Learn unique methods of sending Reiki including use of crystals and photographs. Students will be granted Level 2 symbols and additional energy centers will be accessed with Level 2 attunements. The class will begin with a short review of Reiki 1 fundamentals. Wear comfortable clothing. Prerequisite is Reiki 1 Certification. Class size is limited, so pre-registration is required. With Cathy Zapsalis. $136/advance, $156/ATD. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@,

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 ECKANKAR Center and Reading Room of Sarasota Open - 11am-1pm. If you have a true desire to experience God for yourself, Eckankar can help you reach that goal. Discover a better understanding of your true spiritual purpose. Complimentary materials available. 3650F Webber St., Sarasota, 941-358-0325,

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Intro to Ascension - 7-9pm. With Rev Jim Toole. Learn what ascension is and the powerful and important pathway it is for you, your life and the world. Get to know and get acquainted with masters, ascended masters, angels, archangels and so many others that play a vital role in transformation of each of us, all of us and the planet. This will be an informative and experiential introduction workshop. All are welcome. $15, Learning Center 941-953-6620,

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 ECK Wisdom on Spiritual Freedom - 6-7pm. What Is the Secret of True Freedom? Are you everything you want to be? You came into this life to spread your wings and live in freedom– heart, mind, and Soul! We will be discussing various tools described in the new book ECK Wisdom on Spiritual Freedom, which will be given as a free gift to attendees. ECKANKAR Center and Reading Room, 3650 F Webber St., Sarasota, 941-358-0325,

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe: Crystal Records Readings with Debbie - 11am-4pm. Debbie now has developed the ability to access a person’s soul information from the Crystal Library on the etheric plane which is several dimensions above the Akashic Records. The Crystal Library records contain energetically recorded information of each soul and it’s human journey through all time and space. This includes all soul and human thoughts, feelings, intent, words and deeds. The Crystal Libraries are an informational catalog that Debbie can access to give insight, guidance, wisdom and healing from our past, present and future self. 30 mins/$60, 1 hr/$100. Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe, 6283 Lake Osprey Dr. Sarasota, 941-822-8056, Victoria Ackerman-Mediums: Evidential vs. Fraudulent and How to Tell the Difference -6:308:30pm. Mediums have been a part of the human experience since society took root. But, in this modern era of mass media and commercialization, the emergence of conmen has crawled out of the proverbial woodwork to serve their own ends. Evidential medium and owner of The Spirit University, Victoria Ackerman, will present a series of signs and signals one should look for in selecting an experienced, evidential medium, how to recognize “cold readings”, and what to do to protect oneself from charlatans. A presentation of true mediumship will conclude the talk. Elysian Fields, 1273 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-361-3006,

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 ECKANKAR Center and Reading Room of Sarasota Open - 3-6pm. If you have a true desire to experience God for yourself, Eckankar can help you reach that goal. Discover a better understanding of your true spiritual purpose. Complimentary materials available. 3650F Webber St. Sarasota, 941-358-0325, Gallery by Advanced Student Mediums - 7-9pm. On this night, at our new location at 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, several of our advanced student mediums will present a SPIRIT MESSAGES GALLERY, supported by two of our certified Spirit Mediums. Each attendee will have the opportunity to receive information from their spirit loved ones or guides, by the different styles of each student. Come and enjoy this fun and informative evening. $10 donation is requested.  Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 941-266-8435,, Facebook is CMF of Sarasota.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Opening Heart Yoga - 3-4:30 pm. At Spa Northwest in Bradenton. Stretching our thoughts and beliefs that hold tight the muscle of the heart. Sitting or laying in Shavasana pose while listening to Teachings from global masters, past and present, on being human. Pre-registration online at $20. For more information call Sioux Nikoley at 941-518-9681. Fall Equinox Dances of Universal Peace 7-8:30pm. “Honoring the Light Within” Led by Susan Slack. The Dances of Universal Peace is a practice that help us realize this balance with inter-

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SERVICES HOUSECLEANING. Enjoy your free time and let us do what we do best: Housecleaning to your healthy satisfaction. Call Paula for a free estimate 941-320-4052. active movement and chanting of sacred phrases from world traditions, taught patiently before each Dance. Often called moving meditation, musical tai chi or moving kirtan, live musicians will lovingly guide your steps. Davis Hall, $15. 941-953-6620,

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 ECK Light and Sound Service - 11am-noon. Transforming Your Life with the Sacred Word HU. If you’re in trouble, in pain, or in need of love, sing HU quietly to yourself. If you know how to sing HU, you can open yourself to the Holy Spirit, to the help that it’s offering you to take the next step. ECKANKAR Center and Reading Room, 3650F Webber St., Sarasota, 941-358-0325, 7 Mystical Initiations of Love - 3:33pm. A special ceremonial event. The Divine Union Bringing Divine Balance to our Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine Selves. $20 suggested donation. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light’s Divine Chapel of Love, 5041 Ringwood Meadow, Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Join us for a Cool Night Out at Point Lumineux - 5-7pm. CoolSculpting Event - Sponsored by Allergan. We will be performing demonstrations on a few different procedures and you will be given the opportunity to sit in on scheduled consultations to answer any additional questions you may have. This is a Free Event! We’ll have a raffle to win up to two free cycles, a $1,500 value, and we’ll offer special pricing to anyone who signs up for CoolSculpting procedures that evening. Also, we’re so excited to announce we’re now offering financing through Green Sky Financing. RSVP and learn everything you need to know about the CoolSculpting procedure. Call 941-217-6828 to schedule your consultation and reserve your spot today! Point Lumineux, 2206 Jo An Drive, Ste 4, Sarasota.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Introduction to the Acutonics® Healing Method 7-8:30pm. With Pam Jones, Learn about the Acutonics® Healing System. Discover how we hear sound not only with our ears and the profound effect that the sounds that occurs all around us and music play in therapy and healing. Explore harmonizing and balancing the body, psyche and soul to reconnect with the cycles of nature and the cosmos. $15. Learning Center, 941-953-6620, Law of Attraction Class Returns - 7-9pm, starting Sept. 24th. This on-going Tuesday class and support group now titled the Mastering the Law takes you to the leading edge of co-creation, working with the Principles of the Laws of Cause/Effect or Sow/Reap. We are entering a study series of intension for living life as joyfully and masterfully as we can, given our individual quirks and preferences. We move forward in our understanding of the Law of “if you ask it is given.” All are welcomed. $10. At Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd. Sarasota. Rev. Zan Benham, 941-9227839, or

September 2019




Learn In-Depth About Fascia - 7pm. With Dr. Eric Winder. You are invited to attend an evening program where you can learn in-depth about fascia, why it is important, and how to solve fascia problems when they create pain. Case examples will be discussed, a treatment demonstration will be provided, and a Q&A session will follow the presentation. Arrive at 6:50pm for refreshments, and the program itself will take place from 7-8 p.m. Free. RSVP, 941-957-8390. GentleBay Chiropractic, 3131 S Tamiami Trail, #102, Sarasota,


Celestial Mystic Fair - 11am-4pm. Come and learn what Summer has in store for you. Relax in this spiritual oasis. Experienced mediums available. 20 min. readings/$25 donation. We will also have crystal bowl healer/reader, numerologist, card readers and healers working. Plus, we will offer pendulums, homemade essential oil health blends and crafts plus other hand-made gifts for sale. Come for the fun and to benefit from any one or several of the services being offered. For more info, 941-266-8435. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, at our NEW LOCATION at 3231 Gulf Gate Dr., Suite 204,, Facebook is CMF of Sarasota.

Sound Circle of Crystal Bowls Workshop 7-8:30pm. Robert Austin will be conducting this workshop at our NEW LOCATION at 3231 Gulf Gate Dr., Suite 204. Individuals will be seated in the center of the Circle of Angelic Sounds to achieve a personal Experience of Healing, Releasing and Relaxation. Please Bring Your Own Bowl (BYOB), or you may use one of Robert`s Crystal Bowls. $20 donation is requested. Reservations required by calling Robert at 941-475-2187. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship,, Facebook is CMF of Sarasota.

Mystical Bazaar 2-Day Event - 11am-6pm. Come for a day of fun and mystical connections and experiences! The Sarasota Mystical Bazaar is an annual event for the public to enjoy. It is a marketplace hosting many different things: Vendors, Psychic Readers, Speakers, Message Gallery, Healers, Aura Photos, Gemstones and Jewelry, Metaphysical Items. This is the most comprehensive and unique mystical bazaar in Florida. $5 Admission. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium 801 N Tamiami Trail‎, Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@,

Intro to Mediumship - 7:30-9pm. With Rev Jim Toole. Explore Mediumship, what it is, how it is done, how it can affect your life personally and you can be of service to others. Learn how Spirit works with mediums with readings, messages, inspirational speaking, channeling and other forms of mediumship. This will be an informative and experiential introduction workshop. A basic mediumship class series is scheduled to begin in October. All are welcome. $15. Chapel, 941-953-6620,

Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe - 11am-6pm, Sat 28th and Sun 29th. We will have a table at the Mystical Bazaar! Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-822-8056,

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 ECKANKAR Center and Reading Room of Sarasota Open - 3-6pm. If you have a true desire to experience God for yourself, Eckankar can help you reach that goal. Discover a better understanding of your true spiritual purpose. Complimentary materials available. 3650F Webber St. Sarasota, 941-358-0325, Art in the Dark - 7-9:30pm. Artist and intuitive Tammy Kubiak will lead the attendees to use their intuition along with different artistic tools in a darkened room to let go, and create a spiritual work of art. Tools used this night will include string, marbles, paint, and canvas. The evening will start with a guided meditation to speak with our teachers and creative guides, asking that they work with us to give needed messages through our art. The night will end with a grounding, snacks and discussions. All art supplies will be provided. $20 donation requested. Reservations suggested, call 941-2668435. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, at our NEW LOCATION at 3231 Gulf Gate Dr., Suite 204,, Facebook is CMF of Sarasota. Rising in Love Dance with Lucy Sky - 7-9pm. Dancing is a fun, joyful way to move your body and raise your energy vibration. Release stress, tension and anxiety by simply bringing conscious dance and movement into your life on a regular basis. You will get better sleep and increased energy levels, the list of benefits is endless! “Rising in Love” Dance empowers people of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds to freely express themselves; the liberating atmosphere creates a melting pot of acceptance and the fearlessness with which others move gives newbies permission and courage to dance without inhibition. Encouraging movement, dance and playfulness and connection within ourselves and others. Bring water. Wear comfortable clothing - no dance experience necessary. Open for all ages. Suggested contribution $15-$20. Students and children are free. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light’s Divine Chapel of Love, 5041 Ringwood Meadow, Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333.


Sarasota/Manatee Edition

Skan-Sacred Motion – 3-4:30pm. Learning ‘how’ we move in life might contain a fresh way of living life without all the struggles we believe we have. The way ‘between’ is a delicate balancing of movement in each moment. Spa Northwest in Bradenton, pre-registration online at Workshops-and-Events/. $20. For more information call Sioux Nikoley at 941-518-9681. Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? – 11amnoon. Come share and learn more about spiritual experiences such as coincidences, guidance from departed ones or angels, dreams, past lives, and soul travel. These topics come from the Spiritual Experiences Guidebook which will be given as a gift to attendees. Free. Mid County Regional Library, Meeting Room B, 2050 Forest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte, 941-358-0325, EckankarInSarasota.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 The Universal Service - 10:30am. This weekly egalitarian service will be officiated by Rev. Zan Benham. Services celebrates all of humanity’s religions and spiritual traditions on a single altar. Scriptures, songs, prayers, chants, and offerings from each religious tradition are accompanied with universalist prayers that honor all faiths as lights serving humanity’s unfoldment. Different officiates/ Cherags rotate on leading the services each week. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839, Mystical Bazaar 2-Day Event - 11am-6pm. Come for a day of fun and mystical connections and experiences! The Sarasota Mystical Bazaar is an annual event for the public to enjoy. It is a marketplace hosting many different things: Vendors, Psychic Readers, Speakers, Message Gallery, Healers, Aura Photos, Gemstones and Jewelry, Metaphysical Items. This is the most comprehensive and unique mystical bazaar in Florida. $5 Admission. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium 801 N Tamiami Trail‎, Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe - 11am-6pm. We will have a table at the Mystical Bazaar! Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-822-8056,

plan ahead TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1 Isha Kirya Meditation - 7-8pm. Attend a simple and powerful guided meditation called Isha Kriya, designed by Sadhguru who is a world-renowned yogi. It has the potential to transform the life of anyone who gives it a few minutes each day. Daily practice of Isha Kriya which lasts 12-18 minutes will help you to reorganize your energies. This life-changing practice might be exactly the relaxation and concentration tool you are seeking. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, Meditation + Acupuncture for Weight Loss - 7-8pm. Join International Best-selling author/ Spiritual Mentor Lara Jaye and Molly Rhoads from Rhoads to Health Acupuncture on the 1st Tuesday each month for a healing and mindfulness event. Align your mind, body, and spirit to live a more fulfilled, meaningful and inspired life. To reserve your spot, go to events at $30 at Salt of the Earth Sarasota, 4037 Clark Road, Sarasota. More info,


Salt Bed + Healing with Lara Jaye - Light language intuitive energy sessions. Prepare to release stuck emotions, be filled with higher vibrational energy, and have a renewed meaning to live a more fulfilled life. Feel lighter, energized, focused, decreased stress, and expanded intuition. $125/session. All day - must schedule in advance at Salt of the Earth Sarasota, 4037 Clark Road, Sarasota, or SoteSarasota. com/book-online. More info,


Shaman Journey - 2-5:30pm. We enter Fall, the time of withdrawal known as the Looks Within Time. This is a time for self-reflection, preparedness and insight. It is said that the Shaman stand in the shadows of this gate offering us an opportunity to go deeper within to seek out answers and understanding. We call on our guides for protection, discernment and guidance on our expansive journey into world of our Shaman’s dream. Similar to a guided meditation, enhanced by the heartbeat of the large mother drum we enter into a parallel reality where the seen and unseen, known and unknown open before us for guidance, clarity, insight and healing, RSVP. $25/advance, $30/ATD. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, Rev. Zan Benham aka Butterfly Deerwoman, 941-922-7839, or

on going events

sunday Sunday Morning Wake up Class - 9am. Think outside the box and find new answers. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. Unity of Sarasota - 10-10:15am. Meditation Service and Daily Word. 3023 Proctor Rd, Sarasota, 941-955-3301, Nia - 10am. With Becky. Say yes to living well with Nia: a blend of the dance, martial, and healing arts.  Also Wednesdays and Fridays at 9am.  All classes only $10! Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6557 Superior Avenue. 941-312-5630, Sunday Service at CMF - 10:30am. At our New Location. Please join us each Sunday morning for spiritual healing, an inspirational talk, special music and messages from spirit. Leave refreshed and inspired to start the new week. Refreshments and fellowship period follow the service. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota, 941-2668435,, Facebook: CMF of Sarasota.

Sunday Celebration - 10:30am-12pm. Join us for a beautiful celebration each Sunday in the Spiritualist tradition. We begin with healings at 10:30am, followed by inspirational trance lectures at 11am. Each service is ended with inspiring and uplifting Spirit Messages. We invite people of all faiths and backgrounds. With Rev. Mary Linn Clarke and Rev. Thomas Clarke. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, The Universal Worship Service -10:30am. This weekly egalitarian worship service celebrates all of humanity’s religions and spiritual traditions on a single altar. Scriptures, songs, prayers, chants, and offerings from each religious tradition are accompanied with universalist prayers that honor all faiths as lights serving humanity’s unfoldment. Different officiates/Cherags rotate on leading the services each week. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839, Unity of Sarasota- 10:30am. Uplifting service with music and inspiration with Rev. Dr. Suzi Schadle. All Welcome! 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, Sunday Morning Celebration Service - 11am. (Vibrational Healing available 10:30–11am). We celebrate life in an uplifting and inspirational morning service that includes singing, music, a guided meditation, greeting of the community and an inspirational talk by Rev. Jim Toole. Vibrational Healing 10:30 – 11am in the sanctuary. Enjoy the energy, fellowship and inspiration of this Spiritual Community. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, Cosmic In-Service Gathering of Lightworkers - 12:15pm. Open Heart Divine Healing Service with Rev Sharon-Elizabeth James (1 st Sunday of the month). Rev. Eric Watrous, Connecting with Angels, Masters and Teachers (2nd Sunday of the month), Rev. Lea Chapin, Celestial Messages Service (3rd Sunday of the month), Rev. Mary Gemming, Ph.D., Ascended Master Teachings (4th Sunday of the month). Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, Sunday Evening Celebration Service - 7pm. Our evening service is special for the Spirit communication offered by our Pastor, Rev. Jim Toole, one of our mediums, or a guest medium.  Experience the inspiration and joy as we come together for an inspirational talk, singing, music, prayer and celebrating life. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, Unity of Sarasota - 7pm. Music and Inspiration. All are welcome! 3023 Proctor Rd. 941-955-3301,

monday Drop-In Psychic Intuitive, Tarot, and Astrology - 10am-6pm, Monday through Friday, Sat 12-4pm. Psychic, Tarot/ Astrology. Also, by appointment and special scheduled events! $25/15 minutes. Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6557 Superior Avenue. 941-312-5630, Feldenkrais with Bonnie K - 5:45pm. Ongoing Awareness Through Movement lessons. Improve posture, body/mind connection, self-reliance. $15. Ionie’s, 1241 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. 941-360-2248. Paganism 101 - 6:30-8pm, starting Sept 9th. A series of classes to answer questions, dispel myths, teach you on how to connect with your inner witch. Presented by Pagan high-priestess Helen Greene. This 12-week course designed give students a solid foundation with a new topic each week including practical exercises to enhance one’s spiritual life. Please come join us and discover what nature’s

power has to offer. $10. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, Pub Theology - 6:30-8pm, the 2nd Mon. of the month. Enjoy a Spiritual discussion, Meets at Pub 32, 8383 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Vinyasa Flow Yoga - 6:30pm, Mondays and Wednesdays. All-levels welcome, only $10. Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Avenue in Gulf Gate, 941-312-5630, Advanced Readings Practice Circle - 7-8:30pm, starting Sept 9th. One of the best ways to improve your psychic reading abilities is by working with a group. Learn from each other, encourage, aid each other’s progress. This practice circle is a place for you to work on your natural abilities in a supportive setting with fellow psychic readers. We will focus solely on the intuitive impressions received without using psychic tools. Open to all who have had some prior training or instruction in performing psychic or mediumship readings. With Kathy Guitierez and Daniel Densing. $10. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, Joyful Findings: Intuition and More - 7pm. With Melissa Parks. Explore ways of finding and living your joy, through tapping into your intuition and healing abilities. Live your truth! $20. Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Ave in Gulf Gate, Learning to Connect Classes at CMF - 7-9pm, Mondays and Tuesdays. At our New Location. Join Susan Houliston and guest instructors every Monday to learn techniques for connecting with Spirit. Students are given the opportunity to practice lessons to develop their skills and each class will end with healings by the “WE” for all attending.  Discussion and refreshments follow. $10 donation is requested. Please refer to the CMF website for description of the programs offered for each weekly class or call Susan at 941-266-1696. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 203-C, Suite 204, Sarasota.  Basic Yoga Class - 7:15pm. Learn the basics of hatha yoga including standing, seated, and reclined poses. No prior yoga experience is needed. $18 drop in/ or new student package. Garden of the Heart Yoga,, 941-341-9781 for more info. Intermediate Healing Class Series - 7:30-9pm, 8/5-9/30.  Explore a full spectrum of topics including chakras, color, meditation, breath, sound, alternative modalities and more during this 10-week series.  A basic knowledge of healing needed to take this class series.  Please contact Rev. Jim for questions and details. $15/class. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620,, Monday Evening Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation - 7:45pm. With Dr. Rev Sharon-Elizabeth James, serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light every Monday since July 16, 2007! Love Offering. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333,

tuesday Energetic Chakra Balancing - 5:30-7pm, starting Sept 10th. Do you have difficulty concentrating, sleep problems, feeling helpless, not able to express yourself, lack motivation, close off to others, not able to accomplish goals? The 7 chakras in the body are energy centers that have a direct impact on your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being and regulate bodily systems, influencing everything from emotional processing to resistance to disease. Using a variety of modalities, Barbara works to clear energetic blockages and find alignment balance. Facilitated by Barbara Harrison. $10. The Spirit University, 373

Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, Meditation Instruction and Practice - 6-7pm. At Spa Northwest in Bradenton. Beginner’s and all practices welcome. Different techniques used each week. Pre-registration suggested online at Spa-NorthWest. com/Workshops-and-Events/. $15. For more information call Sioux Nikoley at 941-518-9681. An Evening of Reiki Healing - 7-8pm, starting September 10th. Reiki is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. These brief sessions are offered through non-touch, with the practitioner’s hands placed and held on a series of locations on the head and front of the torso and sometimes limbs to a fully clothed recipient. If you have never experienced Reiki now is the time to try it. Facilitated by Barbara Harrison. $15 suggested donation. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, Psychic Practice Circle - 7-9pm, starting Sept 10th. During this continuing series, come together with like-minded individuals to practice your psychic and mediumship skills. Develop and expand your intuitive abilities in a supportive and caring atmosphere. This is not a class, but rather an opportunity to advance and share your sacred gifts in friendly environment. Each session will be preceded by a brief meditation and blessing. Open to all regardless of experience. Join us for one, any, or all weeks! With Shirley Smolko. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, Sierra General Meeting Notice - 7pm, 3rd Tuesday of the month. The public is invited to the Charlotte Sierra Club’s monthly meeting, always on the third Tuesday of each month (except during the summer). Meeting at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Bldg., 1532 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte, 941-423-2713. Stones, Crystals, & Their Mysteries - 7-8pm, starting Sept 10th. Learn the gifts of the Earth, crystals and stones that may enhance your health and well-being. These magical gems, when used with different spiritual modalities like astrology, Tarot, and pendulum, can increase the positive effects of chakra balancing, Reiki, meditation. Can enhance ability to receive a stronger response. Gain the confidence to use crystal and stones on a daily basis. With Cathy Zapsalis. $10 The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, Exploring Your Dreams - 9:30-11:30am. Why do we dream? How to remember and interpret your dreams and the benefits of dreams are a few of the topics which will be discussed. Attendees will receive a gift book on dreams. FCGU Conference Room, 117 Herald Court Square, Suite 211, Punta Gorda,

wednesday Feldenkrais with Bonnie K - 9:45 and 11am. Awareness Through Movement class at 9:45am to improve posture, balance, and body awareness. Ongoing Awareness Through Movement at 11am. Lessons (in chairs/on floor) are designed to quiet non-working habitual patterns, invite you into a process for learning and offer experiences for more efficient movement. $15. Ionie’s, 1241 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. 941-360-2248. Shining Soul Club - 1pm, Sept 11th and Sept 25th (2nd and 4th Wed each month). Via conference line and online to experience leading-edge intuitive and insightful spiritual guidance, meditations, healing and energy clearing assisting you in aligning your energy for a more fulfilled, meaningful, and inspiring life. $5 to get started. More info,

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Connect with Your Inner Stillness Mudra Meditation - 11:30am-12:30pm. In this guided meditation format, you will hold mudras (finger poses) to ease tension & stress; quiet your mind; connect with your inner joy & serenity; and, more! In 1912, Jiro Murai used these mudras to prove that they release circulation blockages & he was cured of a terminal illness. This was the beginning of Jin Shin Jyutsu® as we know it today! Register by 10am, the day of the meditation. Special rate: Only $10! Cash or check. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, 820 Central Ave, Sarasota. Contact: Michelle 941-2282972,, Exploring Your Psychic Potential - 2:30-4pm, starting September 11th. Discovering different psychic and intuitive practices is made fun in this dynamic, exploratory class! From lucid dreaming to psychometry, seeing auras to telepathy, we will be diving into a different topic every week to explore what they are and how to apply them using our own psychic gifts. This is a great opportunity to learn new techniques, as well as to share your own experiences and methods with your peers. With Barbara Harrison. $10. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, Creative Manifestation - 4-5pm, starting Sept 11th. Everyone has experienced that joyful moment when the light flashes on the Ah-ha! of intuitive connection, messages and creativity from another dimension or your higher consciousness. This class will give you the tools you need to open up new frontiers, find your own resolution to everyday problems and aid you in decision-making. Facilitated by Barbara Harrison. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, 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, Yoga at South Gate Community Ctr! - 4:30-5:30pm Gentle/Beginner, 6-7:15pm Mixed Level. $10. 3145 Southgate Cir. Info, Automatic Writing - 6-7pm, starting Sept 11th. Automatic writing is a method of communicating with those that have passed on. No experience necessary, just the intention to learn. We teach easy techniques to give you a firsthand experience in being a pen-pal with those who are now in spirit. With Barbara Harrison. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com, Recovery Yoga - 6:30-8pm. Ongoing group for individuals with addiction issues who wish to deepen their recovery through yoga, mindfulness, and supportive group energy. Just bring yourself (and maybe a friend!) and a willingness to expand. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd., Sarasota. Contact Betsy Anderson, 941-544-7423, Series on Mediumship - 6:30-8:30pm, starts Sept 11th. 6-part series, come to any or all: Concentration in Mental Mediumship, Guides and Teachers, Part 1 & 2, The 4 C’s: Clairvoyance, Clairaudience, Clairsentience, Clairgustance and Trance - Part 1 & 2. With Mary Lynn Clarke. $15/class, 6/$79. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, Vinyasa Flow Yoga - 6:30pm. All-levels welcome, only $10. Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Avenue in Gulf Gate, 941-312-5630, A Course in Miracles Study Group - 7pm. With Molly Friedenfeld. Discover the peace that resides within you, illuminating the pathway for souls to remember their inner wisdom and brilliance, gather in


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a sacred circle, spiritual discussion and illuminations from the book, meditation, sharing and understanding the lessons from the workbook A Course in Miracles assists us with detaching from judgment and attachments of this world in order to “be in this world but not of it.” $10 donation. To register, Music with Inspirational Prayer and Message 7pm. Join us for a mid-week high. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. Tarot Practice Circle - 7-8:30pm, starting Sept 11th. The Tarot is a wonderful tool that can cultivate your intuition. We will find together unique ways to play with some of the meanings to strengthen one’s knowledge of most of the symbols and other pictograms within each deck of cards. This workshop will offer a bit of education, advice and practice to further your knowledge of the Tarot. Come with your favorite deck of Tarot cards! With Barbara Harrison. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com, Unity of Sarasota - 7pm. Join us at Unity of Sarasota for an hour of music, meditation and a short message. 023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, Wednesday Candlelight Healing Service - 7pm. Wednesday evening is dedicated to healing. Receive a Vibrational Healing and join us in a guided meditation. We share our energy and intentions together in our candlelit sanctuary in a peaceful and loving hour together. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620,

thursday NEW! Restorative Yoga - 2pm.Give your body the opportunity to deeply relax & rejuvenate with supported restorative poses held for a longer time. $18 Drop/or use a class pass. Garden of the Heart Yoga,, 941-341-9781 for more info. Pet Grief - 7pm, 3rd Thurs of the month. A safe Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. Sound Bath Meditation - 7pm. Join for a relaxing hour sound event with Ece, Only $10. Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Avenue in Gulf Gate, 941-312-5630, Uniting with the Hierarchy of Masters - 7-9pm. With Mark Libowitz. Building the rainbow bridge between heaven and earth. From the unreal to the real. From separation to oneness & joy – aligned group endeavor – circle around the flame. We are a Group of dedicated people who are striving for union and expression of our Higher Self; the experience of wholeness. Our circle reaches into the realms of the hierarchy of masters who are fully dedicated to serving humanity and the divine plan for human and planetary evolution. The Masters especially seek to empower the advancing servers and are guiding us toward our personal and collective freedom; the central purpose of life at this time. $10-20 love donation. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333,

friday Yoga at Colonial Oaks Community Ctr! - 9-10am. Gentle/Beginner $10, 5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd. Mats available. Shamanic Healing with Eric - 11am-7pm. Fridays only by appointment. These powerful healing sessions are often channeled and rely on the high vibrational angels, masters, healers, and teachers that flow through Eric. All sessions are different

depending on the treatment that is needed. All will receive results in accordance with your own bodies’ desire and willingness to heal. $60/1 hour, $30/30 mins. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333,, Tai Chi with Reuben Fernandez - 2pm. The main principle of tai chi is internal relaxation. Tai Chi is known as an internal martial art. The power and energy do not depend on muscle power, strength or speed, rather power comes from internal relaxation and release of Chi. In this class we will focus on developing a tai chi body the basic warm up exercises and the Chen form as well as Chi Gung for its health benefits…. Reuben D. Fernandez. Tai Chi and Chi Gung has been ongoing for the past 15 years. Presently he is instructing in Venice, Sarasota and Bradenton. To register, Lift Your Spirits - Social Event - 5-6pm, starts Sept 13th. Let’s get to know one another in an informal setting. Get together with others who share your interests, in a casual atmosphere over tea, coffee or drinks. Network, build friendships, compare experiences, learn and engage with others in the Spirit community. Discuss your goals. Talk with facilitators, staff or students to find out more about The Spirit University. You may even discover interests you didn’t even know you had! The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, Developing Consciousness with Rev Jim Toole - 6pm. Enjoy a time of connection, checking in with each other, discussing spiritual topics and joining in a channeled meditation. All are welcome Love offering. Sarasota Center of Light Ed Center 852 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, 941-330-5031,

saturday Sarasota Farmers Market - 7am-1pm. Rain or shine. Established in 1979, the market continues its tradition of serving the community with local produce, plants, prepared foods and artisans. They currently have a full market that includes 70 vendors and 5,000 sq ft of produce and plants. 1592 Main St from Lemon Ave to Selby Five Points Park, Downtown Sarasota. Central Sarasota Year-Round Farmers Market - 8am-1pm, rain or shine. Every agriculture vendor at the market (fruits, vegetables, herbs, plants, etc.) is a grower or farmer, not just a reseller. The Florida House, 4454 S Beneva Rd, Sarasota. Bradenton Farmers’ Market - 9am-2pm. Over thirty-five vendors offering locally-grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, fresh seafood, prepared foods, as well as the s of local artists, craftspeople and musicians. 1005 1st Ave W, Bradenton. 941-932-9440. Downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market - 9am2pm. Features a special activity including guest chefs, raffles, arts & crafts vendors, children’s activities. Old Main St, Downtown parking/free on weekends. Dogs on leashes welcome. 941-744-7484. Psychic Fair - 10am-3pm. 2nd & 4th Sat. Are you searching, questioning and seeking answers? Choose from some of the best Intuitive Artists in the area. See what your future holds. Complimentary refreshments. Private Readings $1/Min. Angel Ministries, 2269 Tamiami Trail, Venice. Rev Pat & Rev Donna, 941-492-4995,

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Quantum biofeedback wellness center offers multiple energetic modalities for stress reduction and health enhancement. Lotus Stress Relief uses the FDA-registered LIFE biofeedback technology to balance Physical Health, Emotions, Brainwaves and Psychological well-being. Devices include Bicom, LIFE System and InLight. New client special $20 off your first visit!


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Fusion Therapy 7069 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-921-7900 •

Terry Schibler has 30 years experience in advanced bodywork. He has a singular ability to trace, recognize and treat complex pain patterns through numerous modalities such as CranioSacral Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Visceral and Fascial manipulation. Terry’s hands-on work is effective for a wide range of problems associated with pain and dysfunction such as Migraines, Chronic neck/back pain, Concussions, TMJ, Post-surgical dysfunction...and more.


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Celebrating 27 wonderful years, this award-winning store for conscious livings offers a unique assortment of quality, hand-selected gifts: jewelry, crystals, books, greeting cards, clothing, candles, aromatherapy, incense, and more… Private intuitive readings offered daily by the most reputable readers in town. Engaging classes and events monthly. Open: Mon-Sat 10am – 6pm, Sun 12pm – 5pm. Come in and meet the new owners.

Celebrating 27 wonderful years, this award-winning store for conscious livings offers a unique assortment of quality, hand-selected gifts: jewelry, crystals, books, greeting cards, clothing, candles, aromatherapy, incense, and more… Private intuitive readings offered daily by the most reputable readers in town. Engaging classes and events monthly. Open: Mon-Sat 10am – 6pm, Sun 12pm – 5pm. Come in and meet the new owners.

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Our Holistic practice is committed to achieving optimal health using the highest standards in professional care and safety working together with our integrative modalities. Our approach to dentistry is based on honesty, integrity and respect.

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Our holistic & biological dental practice offers fluoride-free, mercury-free and mercury-safe procedures, Huggins Protocol, biological extractions, jaw-bone cavitation/NICO revisions, Ozone Therapy, holistic dental hygiene protocols, phase-contrast microscopy, homeopathic support, metal-free restorations, dental material biocompatibility testing, detoxification protocols and nutritional counseling all the while taking highly conservative and preventative approach.




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The Feldenkrais® Approach , ‘Movement with Attention’, helps one ‘sense easier, improved posture and ways of moving. Clients optimize their musical, athletic or everyday activities through heightened ‘awareness’. They find unique ways to recover from injury, surgeries or illness. Call for appointments, classes or  for weekend TOUCH TO INFORM seminars 941-360-2248 ,


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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




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Medspa specializing in eyebrow Microblading, eyelash extensions, non-surgical micro needling face and neck lifting, CryoSkin fat freezing, facials, chemical peels. Dr Boyle specializes in BioTE® hormone replacement, weight loss injections, Marijuana evaluations, Botox and injectables, as well as pain management.

Counseling, Bodywork, Hypnotherapy Reiki Master, Minister 941-350-7232


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.


4016 Cattleman Drive, Sarasota 941-929-4378

CBD American Shaman is dedicated to bringing wellness to the world through ultra-concentrated terpene rich CBD oil derived from all natural, high quality industrial hemp.


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.


1440 Main St., Sarasota

We offer Brain Mapping and Neurofeedback Training. Non-drug, Non-invasive relief for anxiety, depression, ADHD, Trauma, and more. Free consultation. Retrain Your Brain & Enjoy Life!


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.


Rev. Zan Benham, BSL, BD, CHT 941-922-7839

Spiritual counselor, shamanic practitioner, Reiki healing, breath, and energy work, hypnosis, soul retrieval, past life regression all to empower and help you move into the Divine flow of the joy and power within you.


2163 Siesta Drive Sarasota, 941-366-1997 5842 Bee Ridge Rd. Sarasota, 941-342-1908

Sarasota’s original discount Vitamin store, family owned since 1977! Lowest prices and best selection in town!


Dr. David Cifra, DC Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Specialist 315-345-7390

Medical Breakthrough Technology! Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Specialist, Dr. David Cifra, DC.Advanced procedure for patients who have back and neck pain and want to avoid narcotics, epidural injections,and unnecessary surgeries. Over 90% effective. No pain, No drugs, No surgery. Call today 315-345-7390. FREE CONSULTATION.



Certified Clinical Thermographer 2008. Prevention is better than early detection. Knowledge is power: Know your risk factors to make corrections and avoid developing pathology. Call for location convenient for you.


4801 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-706-3257 •,

Unique and one of a kind gifts, products, and spa services. The luxury spa includes services such as S o u n d Wa v e A t t u n ementTM, Crystal Alchemy Energy AttunementTM , and massages that incorporate the ancient healing sounds of singing bowls & crystal gridding. We offer an array of healthful and personally empowering products. Enjoy a visit to our showroom and discover the largest selection of crystal singing bowls in Florida. We invite you to stop in and mention code Natural10 to receive 10% off any single item.


852 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota 941-953-6620 •

Experience the peaceful energy, love and light of our metaphysical spiritual community. Join us for the inspiration, healing and connection to Spirit in our services, classes and social gatherings.


2888 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota. Near Tuttle 941-341-9781

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.


6557 Superior Avenue (Gulf Gate Shopping Village), Sarasota 941-312-5630

Community for health + wellness shop offering Yoga, Pilates, Nia, Buti Yoga, and more. Classes and workshops learnfor every interest/age/ skill level, offered daily + weekly.  Classes are all $10. Daily Psychic move Intuitive + Tarot Readers.  Event 6557 SUPERIOR AVENUE • SARASOTA, FL • 34231 spaceVILLAGE} rental available. {IN GULF GATE SHOPPING



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


Clinical Hypnotist and Spiritualist uses your energy to design a program specifically for you: self-confidence, fear removal, losing weight, passing tests.

September 2019


Bradenton Veg Expo Celebrating Healthy, Eco-Friendly, Compassionate Living

Saturday, October 5, 2019 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Bradenton Area Convention Center 1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto, FL 34221

FREE EVENT Vegan Merchandise Vendors | Non-Profit Organizations | Animal Rescues | Chair Massages | Free Health Assessments | Live Music | Workshops | Giveaways | Silent Auction | Scavenger Hunt | Games & Prizes


Be the Solution Convention Starting at 2:00 p.m. in the Longboat Key Room

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