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Kale Welcome once again to the Vegetable of the Month Club! This month’s vegetable is more popular than most people may realize. It is used in many restaurants and comes in many varieties. Ironically, though, when you see it on your plate, it’s not as part of the meal considered edible, it’s most often the garnish! By now you may have guessed it, we’re talking about Kale! Part of the cruciferous family, Kale is one of the most nutrient dense vegetables around. Right now, local Kale is available in Florida as it is in peak season until March. It can be found in stores all year. Varieties of Kale include Laciniato, Red and Green. Much research is available on the health benefits of Kale. Kale can pro-

vide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you will cook it by steaming. The fiber-related components in kale do a better job of binding together with bile acids in your digestive tract when they’ve been steamed. Isothiocyanates (ITCs) made from glucosinolates in Kale play a primary role in achieving risk-lowering benefits. New research has shown that these same ITCs can also help regulate detox at a genetic level so it is now recognized as a great support for the body’s detoxification. Here is a great recipe for Caldo Gallego (Spanish Bean Soup), a delicious, hearty soup featuring our Vegetable of the Month in a role more fitting to it than simply that of the garnish! Enjoy!

Caldo Gallego

Yields 6 servings



1 can drained garbanzo beans (or 1 ½ cups beans soaked overnight and rinsed) 4-6 cups vegetable broth1 bay leaf

1. Drain beans, combine with broth and bay leaf in medium saucepan, bring to a boil then reduce to simmer.

2 links Chicken & Turkey Andouille Sausage (or similar spicy sausage), cut into thin slices (can omit for vegan recipe) 2-3 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium carrot cut small dice 1 stalk celery cut small dice 1 small/medium onion cut small dice 1/8 teaspoon saffron threads dissolved in 1/4 cup broth Pinch cumin 1/4-1/2 bunch of kale, stemmed and roughly chopped Salt and pepper to taste Optional: 1 small potato cut small dice can be added at step 6, then cook soup until potatoes are tender.

2. In large sauté pan, bring oil to temperature and sauté sausage. 3. Once sausage is browned, add onions, let sweat for a couple of minutes. 4. Add carrots and celery and continue to sauté for approximately 5 minutes. 5. In separate small sauce pan, dissolve the saffron threads in about 1/4 cup of the veggie broth. 6. Combine all ingredients including kale into soup and let simmer for about 20 minutes, remove bay leaf and ready to serve.

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Cover Part 1:

Nutrition as Medicine

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by Dawn Balusik, AP, DOM

"He who seeks medicine & neglects his diet wastes the skill of his doctors." - Chinese Proverb


very common topic of discussion in my clinic is nutrition: Part of my health history intake is asking about the patient’s diet, and I very frequently make nutritional recommendations to assist their health goals. In addition, I am often asked about what is the healthiest way to eat. It used to be mainly a weight-loss related question, but now it seems to also be people who are struggling with severe health problems such as cancer, auto-immune diseases and chronic degenerative diseases. I find it encouraging that people are starting to acknowledge the quality of their nutrition as a fundamental source of their health or disease.

Nutrition as Medicine: The quality of what we consume directly affects our state of health. Depending on what we choose to eat, our diets can be medicinal or harmful. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, knew this. He is famous for saying “Let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food.” Healthy nutrition provides the foundational energy and substance which nourishes, heals and sustains our bodies in a state of vibrancy and health; poor diet depletes, harms and toxifies our bodies, causing myriad symptoms and diseases. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has also known this for centuries (actually millennia, to be more accurate). In fact, of the Eight Branches of Oriental medicine, nutrition is one of the most powerful, and certainly is the one that each of us has the most control over on a daily basis, as we all need to eat multiple times daily. Perhaps you’ve not thought of nutrition as medicine before now, but it is an important concept in TCM.

First Thing’s First: Whole Foods: Before delving into the deeper principles of health-promoting nutrition, we must first eliminate the fast food, junk food, preservatives, chemicals, sugars, and excess fats in our diets. We cannot help our bodies become and stay healthy if we are regularly eating these types of foods. It is essential to learn to read labels, and stay away from products that contain ingredients that are not recognizable food names, and chemical-sounding names.

The simplest and most profound piece of advice for building health through nutrition is to eat whole, unprocessed foods. Whole foods are those that are recognizable in their natural state: Whole vegetables and fruits, such as apples, carrots, cucumbers and spinach; whole, unprocessed grains, such as brown rice, quinoa, corn and oats; whole cooked beans, whole nuts and seeds without oils or flavorings added, etc. Whole foods contain all types of vitamins, fiber, minerals, and health benefiting phytochemicals that number in the hundreds, or even thousands, that work synergistically to nourish us. Many of these phytochemicals modern nutritional science hasn’t yet even identified. It makes the most sense to give ourselves every advantage in the quest for excellent long-term health by consuming as much of the beneficial elements that we can in the foods we know are health-promoting. The best way to do this is by eating them in their whole-food form. Refined and processed foods, such as pretzels, chips, crackers, white flour, white rice, sugar, sodas, oils, and processed meats are not whole foods. Their base ingredients have been stripped of any nutritional value they once had, they have little or no fiber, and they add a lot of sugar, fat and chemicals that wreak havoc with our physical health and negatively impact our mental and emotional outlook (not to mention our waist lines.)

Now What? Once we’ve eliminated the junk foods and processed foods from our diets, how do we further modify our diets to best support our health goals? The answer to this question involves many facets. l Next month - Nutrition, Part 2 will focus on Nutritional Guidelines in Oriental Medicine, based on the physiology of digestion from a Chinese Medicine point of view.

Dawn Balusik is an Acupuncture Physician, Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Certified Chinese Herbalist at Countryside Wellness Center in Clearwater. Having had personal experience with Endometriosis, she developed a passion to help women with this disease. Reach her at 727-724-0488. Tampa Bay Wellness • April 2011 13

Being True to One’s Self By Charles Lawrence Allen


don’t know how I've allowed myself to sink this low,” explained Alison. This was her first experience in seeing a therapist. Having just turned thirty, and unmarried, she was sure that she was destined to be alone for the remainder of her sad life. “I met this guy, Rick, about six months ago. At first, I really didn’t like him. He was sort of arrogant, and pushy. He pursued me for a while, and after I finally gave in it seemed we were very good together. After our first date, we saw each other almost every day after, until just recently. Then it all fell apart. He said he just wasn’t ready for a commitment, and needed his space. Actually, I knew the real story. He met someone at work, and I’m pretty sure he fell in love with her. This isn’t the first time this has happened to me.” Alison sank down into the sofa, “I just don’t get it, what’s wrong with me?” This is my twenty-first year of practicing 14 April 2011 • Tampa Bay Wellness

psychotherapy. After conducting well over ten thousand hours of therapy sessions with clients from all walks of life, each one is a first in essence. Over these years and sessions, I have learned a few things about human behavior. Generally speaking, if a person can describe the problem they are experiencing, they can also describe the solution. However, to carry out the solution is an entirely different challenge. This has always been an intriguing concept for me on a personal level, and as a professional, “If I know what the solution is, then why can’t I just do it?” “Alison, it seems that you are having a lot of doubt about yourself, and your ability to have a successful relationship.” I continued, “I’d like to ask you a question. How do you think we need to approach this situation?” Having posed this question to her, Alison will now be able to describe the problem as she sees it.

“Well, I don’t seem to choose men very well. I’ve had this same thing happen lots of times. It's strange, I know what makes a good man for me. But I don’t seem to choose them. Why don’t I just choose better men?” We could all agree that this relationship had been a bad choice, and there seems to be a pattern in Alison’s choices of men. So why not just make the good or right choice? Questions such as these led me to write a book called, “Why Good People Make Bad Choices.” In the book, I ask and then provide my answer to the question inferred by the title. “They more he pulled away, the more I tried to hold on. Then I couldn’t stop thinking about him. I think I went overboard in trying to show him that I was the best woman for him. I think I was really in love with that guy, but in the end, he didn’t even like me,” Alison lamented.

“Alison, do you think you are likeable?” “That’s a good question, I’m not sure,” she responded. “At the risk of this sounding like kindergarten psychotherapy, do you like yourself?” “If I say I’m not sure, that kind of sounds like a ‘no’ then doesn’t it?” “So maybe the problem isn’t how you choose men. Maybe it’s how you don’t like your life. If you don’t like it, will others? So, why do good people like Alison make bad choices? There is a problem at the heart of this matter. The problem is human instinct. I have a theory called the ego’s agenda. As the theory goes, human beings are driven toward selfpreservation – or simply, survival.

Toward this goal we follow a set of subconsciously maintained directives: 1) Minimize physical and emotional pain. 2) Maximize physical and emotional gratification. 3) Establish and maintain external power and control. And, 4) Establish and maintain idealism – internal and external. These directives become the agenda of the human ego, or – the ego’s agenda. What does this mean in a nutshell? It means deep down inside we like to feel no pain, feel lots of pleasure, be powerfully in control, and feel superior. Look no further than your own “bad” choices for examples of how this agenda influences you. “Here’s what I think is going on Alison. It seems that you are trying to avoid the pain of loneliness. It feels good to be in the company of someone who clearly wants to be with you. Even when you initially show resistance, he persists, and sometimes this feels flattering. You probably feel a rush of excitement in a new relationship. When you don’t feel good about you, or how you are living your life, its very tempting to jump into a relationship with someone. You get distracted from you own pain and problems, and it’s a quick fix for self worth deficits. The problems can start when the relationship loses its initial momentum. The rush starts to fade, and you begin to worry. As you desperately try to control the dynamics of the relationship, and fail, your self-worth goes with it. The basic problem is that your ego has gotten involved, it has interfered with your choices.” Many millions of years of evolution have hard-wired the ego’s agenda into our brains. This is why it is sometimes so hard to “do the right thing” in life. There is a competing part of our brains that interferes with our good choices, saying to us: “avoid that discomfort, feel good now, get control, get power, and become an alpha leader.” This is why we feel compelled to procrastinate, eat the ice cream, yell when we’re mad, worry about how we look, and fantasize about external approval. “Okay, that all makes sense,” says Alison. “I never really looked at it that way before. So now what do I do?” “Getting involved in another romantic relationship will just soothe your fearful ego. Instead of seeking out another boyfriend, I’d say begin to focus on building a life that you love. If you do that first, then you will know what brings you joy. Start making conscious decisions about how you want to spend your time.

Think about creating a world that you enjoy spending time in. Each day, spend some time doing something physical, mental, and spiritual for yourself. Develop a few non-romantic relationships to diversify your social circle. As you create your joy-filled world, you will attract others to it.”

Many millions of years of evolution have hard-wired the ego’s agenda into our brains. This is why it is sometimes so hard to “do the right thing” in life. In order to overcome the powerful influence of the ego’s agenda, you must have a clearly established alternative agenda. In my book, the solution is to consciously establish a belief system. This means that you make conscious decisions about how to spend your time in life. It means that you decide what is important to you, what standards to hold yourself up to, what to expect of yourself, and what kind of person you are becoming. Two weeks later Alison returned for her next appointment. Only this time there was a spring in her step. “I just have to tell you what’s going on. I’ve made some

important changes since we last talked. I’ve taken up a yoga class for starters. Also, I’ve met some people there, and we’ve been going out for coffee after class. It’s been great, and I feel like I’m coming out of my shell. I’ve been so used to chasing the approval of the men I’ve dated that I totally forgot how to live. I’m going to win my self over for a change. Like you said, my scared ego was running the show, and now that I’m focusing on myself, things aren’t so complex. It makes sense to me now, I’m seeing myself evolving into a fun and healthy woman. As I continue to do that, I’ll attract fun and healthy people into my life. That’s just got to be a good thing.” Over the next month, Alison added several other activities to her life, including a book club, bicycling, and volunteering for an organization that helps to build houses for homeless families. She was living a life that she loved and was proud of. Eventually Alison finished with me in therapy. A year later I received a letter from her: “Lately I’ve been doing some thinking about how my life has changed over the past year. It took a bad experience to make me take a good look at the way I was living. It all changed when I started making a few choices differently. It was not about making huge staggering changes like I would have thought. Instead, I just made a few small changes that wound up having spectacular outcomes with time. I think my original questions to you were, ‘What’s wrong with me, and why don’t I choose better men.’ What I found out was that when I changed the way I lived my life, those questions were no longer important. Everyday now, I can see what’s right with me, and that has made all the difference.”

Charles Lawrence Allen is a practicing psychotherapist, and the author of “Why Good People Make Bad Choices: How You Can Develop Peace of Mind Through Integrity.” He makes his home in sunny Riverview, Florida, with his vegetarian yoga instructor wife Colleen, where they enjoy lots of healthy outdoors activities. You can find out more about Charles through his website at:

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Magic diet pill! Melt your fat away! Diet and exercise not required! Messages like these on weightloss products taunt consumers looking for a quick and easy way to shed pounds.

as “quick and effective” or “totally safe.”

But these products don’t live up to their claims. Even worse, they can cause serious harm, say federal regulators, who have found dozens of products being touted as dietary supplements but that actually contain hidden prescription drugs or compounds that have not been adequately studied in humans.

If you suspect a dietary supplement sold online may be illegal, FDA urges you to report that information online. You or your health care professional can also report an illness or injury you believe to be related to the use of a dietary supplement by calling 1-800-FDA-1088.

• Be skeptical about anecdotal information from personal “testimonials” about incredible benefits or results obtained from using a product.

“These products are not legal dietary supplements,” says Michael Levy, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Division of New Drugs and Labeling Compliance. “They are actually very powerful drugs masquerading as ‘all-natural’ or ‘herbal’ supplements, and they carry significant risks to unsuspecting consumers."

Supplements & The FDA


Dietary supplements, in general, are not FDA-approved. Under the law (Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994), dietary supplement firms do not need FDA approval prior to marketing their products. It is the company’s responsibility to make sure its products are safe and that any claims are true.

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“We have seen deaths associated with these weight-loss products,” adds Levy. “Make no mistake—they can kill you.” FDA has found weight-loss products tainted with the prescription drug ingredient sibutramine. This ingredient was in an FDA-approved drug called Meridia, which was removed from the market in October 2010 because it caused heart problems and strokes. FDA has also found other prescription drug ingredients that have been removed from the market or never approved at all. “We’ve found other weight-loss products marketed as supplements that contain dangerous concoctions of hidden ingredients including seizure medications, blood pressure medications, and other drugs not approved in the U.S.,” says Levy.

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Many of these tainted products are imported and sold through the Internet, but some can also be found on store shelves. FDA has made it a priority to seek out these dangerous products, stop them from being imported, and take legal action against firms that manufacture and distribute them. But the problem is so big that FDA needs help. The agency is reaching out to the dietary supplement industry to help eliminate the availability and sale of these products. And FDA is enlisting the help of consumers. “We also need consumers to be aware of these dangerous products and to learn how to identify and avoid them,” says Levy. (See FDA’s Web page and video on how to recognize fraudulent weight-loss products and claims.)

Don't Fall for Fraud Look for potential warning signs of tainted products, such as • Promises of quick action, such as “lose 10 pounds in one week”

• Use of the words “guaranteed” or “scientific breakthrough” • Labeled or marketed in a foreign language • Marketed through mass e-mails • Marketed as an herbal alternative to an FDA-approved drug or as having effects similar to prescription drugs Advice for Consumers Generally, if you are using or considering using any product marketed as a dietary supplement, FDA suggests that you: • Check with your health care professional or a registered dietitian about any nutrients you may need in addition to your regular diet • Ask your health care professional for help distinguishing between reliable and questionable information • Ask yourself if it sounds too good to be true • Be cautious if the claims for the product seem exaggerated or unrealistic. • Watch out for extreme claims such

Just because you see a supplement product on a store shelf does NOT mean it is safe or effective. When safety issues are suspected, FDA must investigate and, when warranted, take steps to have the product removed from the market. However, it is much easier for a firm to get a product on the market than it is for FDA to take a product off the market. FDA has worked with industry to recall more than 40 products marketed for weight loss with potentially harmful ingredients, and has issued consumer alerts about dozens more. The agency also has issued warning letters, seized products, and criminally prosecuted people responsible for these illegal diet products. FDA cannot test all products on the market to identify those that contain potentially harmful hidden ingredients. l

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The Body Ashley’s Top 5 Tips for

Tight and Toned


here are several ways that you can see when a person is fit and healthy! Nothing says so more than your BUM! Whether you are looking to just make some minor tweaks to your backend OR you are looking for a complete overhaul, these tips are sure to get you started well on your way!

at how this helps you shed weight in your BUM! It is key to write things down because it makes you much more AWARE of the useless calories you are in taking each day! You know what I am talking about- those calories that do nothing other than add weight to your caboose!

Toned glute muscles are a clear sign of a person who is fully conditioned. You can have people who are tight and toned all over but nothing speaks more volumes than when they turn around. Your glutes are a tell tale sign of your conditioning. It really shows utmost discipline to your diet and your every day routine when your glutes are tight, toned and firm! J

Tip #2 – Target those GLUTES! Your glutes are a muscle and MUSCLES love to be worked! Be sure to engage your glutes when performing exercises. If you are able to do so, squats and lunges work VERY well! You will either love them OR develop a love/hate relationship with them but THEY WORK! It is obviously advised to seek the help of a professional if you are unaware of proper form. The key is to put your mind into the muscle and really focus intently on that area you are trying to manage. While there is no such thing as “spot reduction” you will engage this area working and toning it to sheer beauty!

I myself had to work extra extra hard at this. When I used to be over 208 pounds I carried almost ALL of my weight in my lower body. I remember clearly having lower back problems and reduced mobility because of this excess weight I was hauling around and most of it, in my caboose! If I was able to firm up my “rear view” I KNOW you can too! Here is the GREAT news! With dedication and discipline – you CAN achieve amazingly firm GLUTES! How great will that feel!? Lets get started on my top five tips and if you ever have any questions feel free to reach out and email me! I am always available to help you achieve your fitness goals! Tip #1 - AWARENESS of your food! This starts with keeping a food journal of anything and everything you are eating! Cut out all processed foods, sugars, saturated fats and junk food! Opt for nice lean protein choices, complex carbs and fresh veggies. Make sure that you are fueling that body every 2.5-3.5 hours. You will be AMAZED 18 April 2011 • Tampa Bay Wellness

Tip #3 - Weights and Cardio (The Two lovebirds) I have met several types of people – those who love cardio and hate weights or those who LOVE weights and hate cardio. Think of the two as lovebirds. You simply cannot have one without the other. When you learn the power of the TWO together – you will see such a huge change in your body’s response to exercise. I always tell my clients that it is about “working SMARTER, not HARDER” I advise fueling up and going HEAVY on the weights, do not hold back now! Be bold and lift with a medium to heavy resistance. Follow this by cardio (you will have depleted your glycogen stores at this point) and will therefore burn your body’s FAT storage! Now – your shaping those nice glute muscles

you were blessed with AND shedding that layer of fat on top! It’s a beautiful pair! Tip #4 – Don’t forget sister thighs! You simply cannot work on strengthening y our core WITHOUT working on strengthening your back. Likewise, you do not want to maintain focus only on your caboose without paying some special attention to the thighs, hamstrings and inner thighs! When you focus on the entire lower portion of your body you are creating strong toned fit legs AND GLUTES.. now this is REALLY nice! J The total overall energy expenditure is more as well! Tip # 5 – The infamous “BE PATIENT!” YES! I said it! I did not go from 208 pounds of unhappiness to fit, healthy and HAPPY overnight! I had to face the realization that it took me quite a bit of time to put on this unnecessary weight and it would take some time to rid myself of it! You must be patient! Getting frustrated and constantly putting yourself down will only result in failure. You must search for adjectives as goals to keep you motivated instead of living by the scale. Seek to be happy, healthy, fit and energetic! You will see that you start to really LIVE this healthy life for the right reasons. Oh – and before you know it, that rear view will show you a great big THANK YOU!! J As always, I am accessible almost all of the time! I can be reached at 813-907-6227 or via email at You CAN do this! In health, Ashley Poptodorova


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Allergies at their Source By Gwen Thomas, AP, DOM


pring is finally here! But unfortunately for many of us, so is allergy season. Just when you think you’ve made it through flu season, symptoms of a runny nose, itchy eyes, and sore throat start to coincide with the yellow haze all over our cars and the great outdoors. That familiar dread of an irritated head is enough to drive anyone crazy.

An allergy is characterized by an ‘over reaction’ of our immune system to a foreign protein substance. In other words, our immune system goes haywire to any contaminant it can’t make sense out of. Biological contaminants include bacteria, mold, mildew, viruses, animal dander and cat saliva, house dust, mites, cockroaches, pollen, foods and chemicals. There are many sources of these pollutants. Pollens originate from plants; viruses are transmitted by people and animals; bacteria are carried by people, animals, and soil and plant debris; and household pets are sources of saliva and animal dander. The protein in urine from rats and mice is a potent allergen. When it dries, it can become airborne. Contaminated central air handling systems can become breeding grounds for mold, mildew, and other sources of biological contaminants and can then distribute these contaminants through the home and work place; sounds gross and scary doesn’t it? Not to mention pretty impossible to avoid. It should be no surprise that allergies have been linked to a number of other chronic diseases, like asthma, digestive problems, migraines and auto-immune disorders like Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Eczema. Most people will try the quickest route to symptom relief by trying any medicines they can. However, these ‘one size fits all’ medical treatments for symptoms only leave us with a different symptom. In fact, most allergy medications can cause higher blood pressure, headaches, lack of focus and fatigue and then make our original symptom worse. But why do we do this? Consumers crave brands with health and affordability claims, according to Information Resources Inc.’s annual New Product 20 April 2011 • Tampa Bay Wellness

Pacesetters report. PepsiCo’s G2 and over-the-counter allergy relief medication Zyrtec topped the list of most successful product introductions last year. Wait a minute-an allergy medication made it to the top of the list out of all new products? It makes you wonder how many people in the United States are suffering from allergies. According to the National Institutes of Health, (NIH), environmental allergies are on a huge rise. The NIH conducted a study back in 1994 that showed about 54 percent of Americans had some form of allergy. Since then, more than 5 million Americans have been diagnosed, and those numbers are increasing every year. In fact, these increasing numbers have gotten the attention of the EPA, which has become involved with public health issues. Drug store shelves are loaded with anti-histamines, nasal sprays and steroids. Even the practice of Environmental medicine is a new medical specialty that recognizes how many people with allergies need treatment. In other words, allergies are on the rise and people are demanding attention for more help. Literally thousands of years ago, the dynasties in China were dealing with allergies in their highly populated communities but they turned to their Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to treat underlying causes and not just the symptoms. TCM treats the body as a whole, and recognized that allergies presented with ‘multi-system’ involvement. Meaning that although you may have itchy eyes and a runny nose, those symptoms are just a reflection of what may be out of balance within the body. In order to treat an ailment, a proper differential diagnosis is made by looking at other outward signs like the color of your tongue, the feeling of your pulse, your complexion, personality, and even certain foods you may be eating. When you are given a diagnosis by an Acupuncture physician, you may be told that you have a ‘Spleen Qi deficiency’ a ‘Wei Qi deficiency’ or ‘Wind Cold invading the Lungs’. Each of these conditions can be treated with acupuncture, food therapy, tui-na (massage techniques), and the proper herbal formula. ’Yes, everyone is unique! So how can one treat a symptom the same way for all people and expect to resolve or heal any underlying issues? Although the explanations of disease in TCM seem poetic and novel, they are anything but. After time proven methods and modern research, allergies are being treated with TCM in a very specific and targeted way. Why use life-long drug therapy when in many cases identifying contributing factors can eliminate and greatly reduce such problems? I once suffered with allergies and the pitfalls of treatment but I now consider myself more of a successful survivor than a victim of the season’s allergens. As an Acupuncture Physician, one of the most rewarding parts of my practice is freeing people from their battle between symptoms and drugs. With the tools of Chinese medicine this is possible. For more information, visit ●

Yoga Poses

Tadasana Mountain Pose

Ever notice the way you walk or stand? Ever found yourself waiting in line, putting all your weight into one leg? Maybe take a peek at the heels of your shoes? Over time our unconscious tendencies produce imbalances. Standing, not so hard. Right? Bring your feet together, put your heels up against the wall if you’d like. With toes and heels touching, lift the toes and spread them apart, then let them lengthen back down onto the mat. Begin to gently close your eyes and wow! Notice what your body is doing. Redistribute your body weight until you feel more balanced on the front, back, left and right side of your body. Secure your stance by rooting into the earth with the mound of the big toe, little toe and the two points on each of your heels. Notice your arches. See if you can give a subtle lift to the arches which sparks a current of energy from the arches up the inner leg into the groin area. Allow the ankles to strengthen. Feel the calves and shins begin to activate. Your knees are moving in an upward motion. Notice the direction,“upward”, not backward. The movement of the knees begin to awaken the hamstrings and quadriceps. Both legs are now active and working together as a strong base. Let the tail bone slightly tuck under, as the pelvic area begins to tilt up the hips are gently rolling open creating space in your pelvic area. As the breath moves into your body feel the belly fill, as the breath leaves feel your center remain engaged in uplifted. As the breath rolls in again notice the chest filling, opening . Your heart center is shining bright. As the breath rolls out, sense the freedom in the shoulders as they relax down the back. Your arms are long and engaged all the way through the elbows, wrist and fingers. Your neck is finding it’s natural space out of the shoulders. The crown of the head is lifting you a touch more. Your chin is tucking slightly as the crown of your head is now parallel to the sky. And now you stand in awareness. Growing in awareness as you listen to your breath. You are powerfully rooted as you reach for the skies. Yo are creating space and freedom in your body and mind. LeShan is a beloved local yoga teacher of great integrity and skill as an instructor and yogi. LeShan has been teaching yoga for over 10 years. She is the former owner of Ananda Yoga Studio and the head teacher for Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Program at Jai Dee. She has studied with many renowned teachers. LeShan believes that yoga is a gift that we give to one another; it is a gift we give to ourselves.

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Scoliosis: Is Early Intervention the Answer? By Dr. Jacqueline Smith


as your child been diagnosed with Scoliosis? Are you confused as to what steps you should take to help your child? Are you currently in the “wait and see” period? For those of you that don’t know, Scoliosis is an abnormal lateral bending of the spine that occurs in approximately 2-4 % of the population. It is associated with back pain, neck pain, diminished quality of life, limited activity, decreased respiratory function and lower self-esteem. Scoliosis is more prevalent in girls and is usually detected

between 8 and 14 years of age by either a pediatrician or the parents. So, if your child were diagnosed with scoliosis what would you do? Imagine this scenario: A mother brings her daughter to the pediatrician who discovers her daughter has scoliosis. The mother is then referred to an orthopedic surgeon who determines that the curve(s) are below 25 degrees. At this point, he states there is nothing to do at this time as she is not in need of a brace and isn’t a

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surgical candidate. So, the prescribed approach is to wait and see what happens. Four months later the mother takes the daughter back to the orthopedic surgeon only to find out that her curves got worse and she has to wear a brace for 23 hours a day or worse yet, she needs surgery. This is usually the moment when panic sets in and the parents wonder what it is they can do to help their child. What would you do? The current methods of treatment are observation (wait and see) only, bracing and surgical intervention. Looking at each respectively, observation in and of itself is not technically a treatment and it allows time for the curvature to get worse, bracing has been shown to be emotionally detrimental with a high non-compliance rate and surgical intervention is trading deformity for dysfunction. As there may be needs for bracing and surgery in certain instances, it is worth visiting the idea of early intervention in those cases that fall into the observation only category, usually below 25 degrees. A child’s posture is a good indicator of underlying spinal problems. A typical scoliosis posture pattern demonstrates a high right hip and shoulder, their head may be too far forward (the ears should be in line with the shoulders), and in severe cases their rib cage may be rotated. Unfortunately, current screening using the Adam’s Test where a child bends forward at the waist and is observed from behind

has been termed the “Too Late Test.” If a rib hump or bump is observed during this procedure, the rib cage has already started to rotate. The ability for parents and health practitioners to recognize these early warning signs could set the stage for an early intervention program that may halt the scoliosis from getting worse. Scoliosis is not only a skeletal problem, but it is also a disease of the neuro-muscular-skeletal system. It involves postural disorganization, neuro-musculoskeletal dysfunction and unsynchronized growth patterns. Re-education of the musculature and associated postural reflexes is an absolute necessity when rehabilitating a curvature. Let’s take a closer look at the thought process behind early intervention. The first thing to realize is that all big curves start out small and each scoliotic curve is individual in nature. There is no one easy answer on how to tackle a curvature but there are contributing factors that appear to be common among children with scoliosis. One factor that needs to be addressed is the front to back curves seen on a side view x-ray. More often than not, there is a loss of the natural curvature in the neck, the mid-back or low back. Sometimes a loss of curvature is present in all three areas. The first goal in early management of these cases is to restore these natural curves to reduce the tension on the spinal cord. This is accomplished by specific chiropractic adjustments and neuromuscular rehabilitation.

The second component of an early active rehabilitation program is to address the neuromuscular imbalances. Some scoliosis patients have issues with balance and proprioception, which is an individual’s awareness of their body position. Active and Reactive exercises are applied in the office and performed at home by the patient to re-coordinate the tonal (postural) muscles helping to improve overall balance and function. If a child has a scoliosis that is classified as observation only, this is the perfect time to actively rehabilitate the neuromuscular system. Early, proactive rehab may be successful in preventing the curve from progressing, possibly even reducing it, making a significant impact on the patient’s overall health and quality of life. This article was written in hopes of reaching all those parents whose children are in the “wait and see” category. ● Dr. Jacqueline Smith is a chiropractic physician practicing in Palm Harbor. She currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the CLEAR Institute and is one of only four doctors in the state of Florida who offer this program. For more information, visit or you may contact Dr. Smith at 727-785-6771.

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way to enhance the mind’s responsiveness is akin to the now famous studies that were conducted on the brain while studying and listening to certain classical music known as “the Mozart effect”. When brain scans were taken of the brain it was found that both the right and left hemispheres were activated, thus enhancing learning and memory. RRT’s strength is enabling the mind to pinpoint the exact events to clear, in what order and do so quickly and painlessly while simultaneously organizing and optimizing the mind to work at its very best. Connelly developed and simplified the process of trauma resolution which he affectionately terms “clearing ghosts from the past”. For instance, a ghost from the past is defined as any past event that is currently having a negative effect or influence today and the distorted beliefs that get attatched to it. This can be any event from a big “T” trauma such as war, rape, violence or a little “t” event such as your teacher calling you in front of the class to give a book report , you then became all “veklempt” and now dread speaking in front of a group of people. Moreover, when the problematic way that the mind had been working around an issue or event is cleared it leaves the client with a feeling of peace and energy. Hence, the phrase “transformational” is now widely associated with Connelly’s method. Fast and immediate results have many benefits, the obvious one is feeling better immediately which means you will be actually looking forward to resolving your issues, the second is with faster results you spend less time in therapy which is extremely appealing to clients when their time is at a premium. But I like the one about feeling good and getting clear sooner rather than later!

Clear Your Mind & Ignite Your Way to Balance, Peace & Clarity! By Laura Delle Donne, LHMC, CHt


ove over Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler and Carl Jung there’s a new wave in mental health and it is called Rapid Resolution Therapy. It’s a unique and powerful approach that is brief, painless and allows for a rapid resolution from the negative effect s of any current issue or past event. The final result is a feeling of renewed emotional freedom. Rapid Resolution Therapy or RRT is the “brain child’ of Dr. Jon Connelly PhD., who initially developed this mode of treatment for trauma survivors. These methods worked so well it was expanded to help all clients. In particular, not only has RRT been found to be highly effective when clearing

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a traumatic event but also when addressing other issues such as abuse, anxiety, panic, depression, fear/ phobias, PTSD, anger, grief or weight loss. So how does all this work?! The premise is based on how trauma is encoded in the brain, how we process, store and utilize information, perceive time, view basic emotions and respond to “stuff” in general. During an RRT session, the therapist will guide the client through specific processes such as multi-level communication, establishing connection, utilizing creative visualizations, changing internal geography and perceived identity. These processes engage many facets of the mind but on a much deeper level. Engaging the mind in a specific

Clients have the intelligence within themselves to get unstuck and move forward, sometimes we just need a little help and direction. Rapid Resolution Therapy is a phenomenal way to help people who currently want to change the way they were thinking, feeling, acting or reacting around an issue or event and who desire to move forward with their lives. RRT is currently being researched at Georgia State University, has been cited in the Sept 2010 Soldiers Magazine of the US Army, and Colonel S. Richie-Melvan, Ph.D., and D. Vines, Ph.D. book on combat nurses in Iraq and Afghanistan entitled Angel Walk . ●

Laura Delle Donne, LMHC, CHt is an RRT Master Practitioner and is currently in private practice with North Star Counseling Services in Tampa. 813.416.9577. www. your guide to clarity .com. Stay tuned for next month’s article on “The 3 things that keep people stuck”!

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amonica is a predigested Brown Algae Super-Concentrate. It has been proven to balance thyroid function, and detoxify the body from heavy metals and radiation. Specifically formulated for human consumption it is safe for vegetarians, vegans and diabetics. Lamonica contains the vital properties of: Alginate, a natural absorbent of heavy metals and Laminarin, a Polysaccharide. It contains Beta 1.3/1.6 glucan and Fucoidan, another Polysaccharide. It stimulates the immune system and heavy metal detoxification, including Mercury, Lead, Uranium, Strontium. But what is Fucoidan? Fucoidan is a sulfated polysaccharide which is found in brown seaweed such as mozuku, wakame, and kombu (Laminaria japonica). It is a common element of kelp (general name for brown seaweed) and other sea plants. The “slimy” component of seaweeds is a rich source of fucoidan, which is a general term referring to a group of polysaccharides containing sulfated fucose – an essential sugar. Numerous studies have found that polysaccharides, a class of dietary fiber contained in brown algae, have many health benefits. In Japan, fucoidan extracted from brown seaweed has been clinically shown to increase natural killer cell activity as well as improve activation of macrophage, T-cells and B-cells. Scientific research proposes that many health conditions could be positively impacted by the regular consumption of fucoidan. Among the conditions that can be affected are: immune system modulation, cancer, heart disease, rheumatism and arthritis (types of inflammation), high blood pressure, infectious disease, gastrointestinal function, and more. Modulation is a term used to describe the process of reducing the extremes of cellular activity – either stimulation or inhibition. Immune modulating substances have the ability to work in both directions. They can boost the immune system when it is depressed (referring to conditions such as chronic fatigue) and can also suppress the immune system when it is overstimulated (such as in the case of autoimmune diseases like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis). Most immune modulating agents work by improving inter-cellular communication. One way that cells communicate is by presenting on their surface complex, information-rich protein

(glycoprotein) macromolecules linked with molecules of saccharides or sugars (polysaccharides). An inter-cell “message” depends on the structure of saccharides. For example, one message might tell a cell to start producing specific chemicals, and another message might tell a cell when to divide. Cells have glycoprotein receptor molecules, which can read messages from other cells and respond accordingly. The immune system depends heavily on this kind of communication to coordinate cellular defense, apoptosis, cell attack and repair processes. When any of saccharides required to build capable glycoprotein – and thereby to pass on a correct message – is missing, the quality of that communication is jeopardized. A study done in the early 1960's seems to confirm the traditional belief that sea vegetables have an antibacterial effect in the intestines. Moreover, in the test tube, seaweed extract was shown to be an effective antibiotic drug against common food poisoning bacteria. Sea vegetables have even been shown to inhibit the growth of herpes virus in test tubes.

taken into the human body are rendered insoluble by alginic acid in the intestines and cannot, therefore, be absorbed into body tissues.” What’s more, Dr. Tanaka’s research has shown that the alginic acid in sea vegetables actually helps bind and draw out any similar toxins that are already stored in our bodies, thus “lowering the body’s burden.” Brown algae’s natural affinity for binding with toxic non-organic heavy metals may soon be exploited by industry. Research conducted over the last decade has shown that treating heavy metal-bearing industrial effluents with brown algae is an effective and economical way to detoxify industrial waste. The process, called “biomass biosorption,” is particularly effective for lead and cadmium. For more information on Lamonica Please Call Sentient Temple at 727-3232793

If there is another event like Chernobyl in 1986, we need to be prepared for it to affect us in the US. When unfortunate events such as the horrific earthquake occur, it does resonate throughout the world, not just one country. Leaking radiation will circle the globe, and holistic practitioners will be the first line of defense for the population. We understand how radiation affects the human body and what can be done to prevent any illness or remove any radiation that is absorbed by the body. Along with specific iodine products, Lamonica is the foremost product in that line of defense. Taking iodine when not needed can be detrimental to one’s health, according to NBC’s medical advisors. Lamonica is a physician prescribed product that cannot be purchased in any store.

As a result of this research, a few new medicines have been developed from this underwater harvest, such as laminin, which is used to reduce blood pressure. The most important discovery about sea vegetables for modern living, however, is their ability to cleanse the body of toxins. This powerful cleansing action has been linked to a substance called alginic acid. Alginic acid is a polysaccharide that is abundant in those sea vegetables classified as brown algae, including kombu, hijiki, arame, and wakame. Scientific researchers, including a team led by Dr. Tanaka at McGill University, have demonstrated that alginic acid binds with any heavy metals found in the intestines, renders them indigestible, and causes them to be eliminated. So, any heavy metals, such as barium, cadmium, lead, mercury, zinc, and even radioactive strontium, that may be present in the intestines will not be absorbed by the body when alginic acid is present. Doctors Seibin and Teruko Arasaki, Japanese scientists who have published several books about sea vegetables, also report this cleansing property of alginic acid in their book, Vegetables From the Sea. They conclude, “Heavy metals Tampa Bay Wellness • April 2011 25


It’s Not the Camera, It’s the Photographer! - Brooker Creek Preserve, Saturday, April 9, 9 to 11 a.m. 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Any camera can take good photographs, but it is the photographer that makes them great. Register by visiting, clicking the Registration button, then the Brooker Creek tab. For event information, call (727) 453-6800; for more registration information, call (727) 582-2100. Please check in at the front desk.

Micheline Berry Master Class Series, April 1st – April 3rd. Deepen your personal practice as a laboratory for exploring the creative healing potential of vinyasa flow yoga. Come join Micheline Berry and the 2011 teacher trainees in a Prana Flow Master Class. Level 2/3 practitioners recommended. April 5th 7:00 – 9:00am, April 6th 8:30 – 10:30am$30 each $50 for both, Yogani Studios, 1112 W. Platt, S. Tampa, www. (813)251-9668

Yin Yoga - Sunday April 10th, Sunday 2 – 4 pm Learn about Yin Yoga and the benefits of this quiet, but powerful practice that encourages the body to open as each pose is held passively for several minutes. Class is open to all levels. Your Yoga practice will reach new heights as you become more grounded and peaceful through this ancient practice. $25, Yogani Studios, 1112 W. Platt, S. Tampa, (813)251-9668

Balance & Bliss Academy of Ayurveda is offering information sessions about Boundless Love Spring Retreat, Sat. April 2, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm Speakers: Lisa Seward and Helena Trangata. Come enjoy relaxation, fun, friendship on a beautiful lakefront setting RSVP online at Call Rev. Maria Pierre, 813-293-9410 Store Tours! - Liat Golan RD, LDN will take you shopping through the Patch! Learn how to decipher confusing nutrition labels & health claims & how to identify staple ingredients for stocking a healthy pantry. LIMITED SPACING! You MUST register at Customer Care. Be sure to indicate which date you plan to attend. Please join us Sunday, April 3rd & 24th at 11am. Nature’s Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St, Clearwater, FL 33755 more info @ Yoga Nidra- "Yogic Sleep" Tampa- Join Nancy MacDonald, RYT-500 at the Lotus Pond (6201 Lynn Rd) Sunday, April 6 from 4:30-5:30 for Yoga Nidra, known as "Yogic Sleep." You will enjoy a complete experience of deep relaxation, self healing and integration by systematically relaxing the body, breath and mind. This practice is suitable for all levels of practitioners as guided meditation, no experience necessary. Cost $15, register in advance. For more information or to register visit or call (813)961.3160.

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Day of Hope Yoga Flow Class Community Event, April 10th - Eating disorders affect millions of men, women and children of all ages. Day of Hope will bring awareness about how the healing power of yoga can help people who are struggling with eating disorders. Instructors from three local sponsoring studios will lead a Yoga Flow class outdoors at the beautiful Curtis Hixon Park. Free for all! Times: 6:00 – 7:00 pm. All Donations go directly to USF Hope House. Curtis Hixon Park outside the Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602 For More Information Contact Joy Tapper or Contact Yogani Studios (813)251-9668 Guided Hike - Brooker Creek Preserve, Saturday, April 9, 9 to 10:30 a.m. 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs Take a walk through time each Saturday morning on a guided hike along the education center trail. Online registration closes 24 hours before the program start time by visiting www.pinellascountyextension. org, clicking the Registration button, then the Brooker Creek tab. (727) 453-6800; registration information, call (727) 582-2100. Please check in at the front desk.

APRIL 15-21 Sacred Women's Retreat ~ Title: Now I Become Myself; Walking the Edge of Authenticity. April 15-17, 2011. St. Pete Beach, FL An opportunity for women to gather in sacred space to explore, integrate, express and celebrate our authentic selves through are, meditation and movement. Registration is $325. before March 25 ($375 after). More info: susan@ or

Yoga for Scoliosis Practice with Yoga Therapist and Occupational Therapist Stacy Renz. April 16, 1-3pm, $35 a week before class. $45 afterwards. Manage the pain associated with scoliosis with yoga stretching and strengthening. Register at or call (727) 826-4754. Living Room Yoga, 1608 29th Ave. N, St. Pete, FL 33713 Seminary Open House , Sun . April 17, 4 pm – 6pm Thought about becoming an interfaith minister? Come and learn about boundless spirituality and joyful service. Meet the director, tutor, instructors, sponsors and friends. RSVP online at Call Rev. Maria Pierre, 813-293-9410 Yoga Nidra - April 17th, 4:30 – 5:30 pm. - Enjoying your Yoga practice? Ready to discover more about the complete experience of the science and philosophy of Yoga? Come experience true deep relaxation through "yogic sleep with awareness." Become more grounded, focused and at peace. Embody serenity. $10 Donation to Exalted Warrior Foundation. Yogani Studios. Contact Yogani Studios (813)251-9668 Crystal Bowl Meditation with ELUV (from WMNF Radio), Wednesday, April 20th, 7-8:30pm. Let go and relax as you take a journey of sound while enjoying the powerful vibrations of singing Crystal Bowls and other instruments played by one of our very own local celebs ~ ELUV ~ from the radio program “UltraSounds” on 88.5 FM and around town with her band “Radiant Sol”. Raydiance Helio Spa & Wellness Center @ 120 S. Howard Ave. (813) 2580458. ($20 early bird, $25 at the door) (Third Wednesday every month)

APRIL 22-30 Annual Earth Day Celebration! – Buy Fresh, Buy Local! The day will be filled with vendor demos and samples of products that come to us locally. Come see (& taste!) the local products that we have to offer. The Patch is committed to sustainability! Tod’s Salsa will be here sampling the freshest, all natural salsa. Joe’s Oat Patties is going to be showing you a meat & eggless patty that will WOW your taste buds. Taste of Freedom Farm will show us where honey comes from and even have an observation hive! These are just a few of vendors that will be making an appearance on this day of celebration! Please join us on Friday, April 22nd at 11am until 5 pm. Nature’s Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St, Clearwater, FL 33755 more info @ Drum Circle with Kevin “K.D.” Dennis, Friday, April 22nd, 8:00pm. Drum your worries away as the rhythm of the drums carries you away from the every day. Professional Drummer, Kevin (“KD”) Dennis, facilitates drumming circles that flow from directed rhythms and rounds to cut-loose, free-flowing drumming! No need to register, if it moves you, just show up! Raydiance Helio Spa & Wellness Center @ 120 S. Howard Ave. (813) 258-0458. (Donations: We pass the hat for this circle leader )(Third Friday every month). Belly Dance with Lady “D.J.” Darjuxena, Friday, April 22nd, 7:00pm. Learn confidence while working out every part of your body through the beautiful art of belly dance. Let your inner goddess out! We’ll dance, workout & have lots of FUN. Join the Drum Circle afterwards for extra practice time as

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WELLNESS Calendar well. Raydiance Helio Spa & Wellness Center @ 120 S. Howard Ave. (813) 2580458. ($15 per class)(Third Friday every month). Introduction to Yoga - Saturday, April 23, 9 to 10:30 a.m.. In this 4 week workshop you will learn the basic postures of yoga combined with explanations of yoga philosophy and tips on feeling comfortable in the classroom. Starts the first Tuesday each month 7:15-8:30pm at Lotus Pond (6201 Lynn Rd) and 7:00-8:15pm at Lotus Room (1101 W. Kennedy Blvd) Cost $55. Visit the workshops section of for more information. Intermediate-Advanced Iyengar Yoga Workshop Tampa- Join Master Teacher E-RYT-500 Karin Stephan at the Lotus Pond (6201 Lynn Rd) for a 3day workshop Friday-Sunday, April 22-24. Karin began studying with BKS Iyengar in London in 1972 and co-founded the Original Iyengar Center in Boston. This workshop is open to students & teachers interested in deepening their practice with intermediate-advanced asanas. Cost Early Bird $195 by 3/25 or $210 after 3/25, Individual days open for sign ups as well- call studio at (813)961.3160 or visit Lotus Pond workshops & special events at www. Chakra Intensive: An Intuitive Development Workshop, April 23, 2011. Learn about the chakras and our energy field and how they affect our moods and influence our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. We will explore Shamanic techniques, body movement and mudras for cleansing and balancing your own chakras. 12:00pm -5:00 pm, $100 at door/ $75 in advance (online) The Sentient Temple, 5438 3rd Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33707 (813) 361-0450 Reiki I Training Workshop, Saturday, April 23rd, 1-4pm. Explore your natural healing abilities! Initiate your Reiki practice making you an open channel of universal healing energies. Receive your first attunements, learn about the Chakras and subtle energies of the body, learn proper hand placements, and experience a group Reiki session. ($100, 20% discount for pre-registration). Raydiance Helio Spa & Wellness Center @ 120 S. Howard Ave. (813) 258-0458.

Live Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Journey with Eluv, April 24th, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Join us for this special 1 hour Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Journey guided by Eluv, sound healer and host of WMNF, 88.5 “Ultrasounds” Thursday night radio show “Ultrasounds”. Through sound healing, chakras are realigned and balanced to promote balance, well being, relaxation and rejuvenation of emotional, spiritual, and physiological functions. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat or similar to lay on and blanket or something warm to cover your body. Eye pillow or sleeping mask and water are also recommended. $20. Yogani Studios 1112 W. Platt, S. Tampa, (813)251-9668 Yogani for Kids Springtime Camp w/ Jessica Logsdon, April 25th, 26th & 27th. 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Daily This week of camp we celebrate Earth Day by focusing each day on one or more of the 4 elements; Wind, Earth, Water, and Fire. Healthy snacks will be created together to fill tummies and teach how yogis honor their bodies through good nutrition and self-care inside and out! $100 Yogani Studios 1112 W. Platt, S. Tampa, (813)251-9668 The FOOD LIFE SYNERGY Program! (Cooking & Nutritional Education Classes), Wednesday, April 27th, 7-9pm, RETHINK YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD! Our classes guide you to understanding what your body really needs for nutritional health and lifelong wellness. Learn how to phase into a more nutritious diet, learn to appreciate real foods that will help you stay lean and healthy, and learn to cook with new ingredients and to prepare a variety of raw, exotic, and interesting super foods. Raydiance Helio Spa & Wellness Center @ 120 S. Howard Ave. (813) 258-0458. ($35 per class; Save $25 with purchase of five classes)(Last Wednesday each month) BioCrystal Mattress Pad Event - FREE!!! - APRIL 29, Sleep your way to health and vitality! Learn about chemicals in our environment, geopathic stressors, radiation and how crystals, silver and celiant can assist you in a pain free night's rest. Call to confirm you'll join us for this informative night and receive a free crystal bracelet! Refreshments will be served. Please read more details about the pads benefits at biocrystal. The Sentient Temple, 5438 3rd Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33707 www.

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WELLNESS Calendar Call 941-447-1544 108 Asanas Workshop: The Evolution of your Bikram Practice - 2:00 – 5:30 pm Missy White returns to Tampa to share a complete yoga series designed for the Warrior in you!! April 30th From the lineage of Bishnu Ghosh and Bikram Choudhury. Are you curious? Do you want to expand and deepen your practice? Open up to the possibilities and join us. This class is taught in a heated room and we move to the rhythm of a fine blend of cool tunes. $45 or $40 before April 8th Yogani Studios 1112 W. Platt, S. Tampa, (813)251-9668

EARLY MAY Jai Uttal Passion and Grace Workshop Tampa- Wed 5/4 1:30-4:30pm at the Lotus Pond (6201 Lynn Rd) Celebrated Kirtan artist Jai Uttal will be leading a workshop on the art of devotional singing. You will explore how to approach the path of Bhakti Yoga in your own life, with your own personalities and identities. Jai will open the floor to all kinds of questions, and, with a very flexible and lighthearted approach will answer from his personal experiences and ideas and the stories of ancient India. No previous experience needed, this is an exploration of the heart! Limited seating, please bring a cushion. Cost $60, visit or call (813)961.3160 for more information or to register in advance (recommended). Standing Hands, Steady Heart. Learn techniques to work toward handstands off the wall. Prepare to turn your world upside down! Intermediate practice session on Saturday, May 14, 1-3PM at Yoga Etc. Cost: $15. For more information:

ON-GOING Sunday Morning Mindfulness Meditation. Join the Tampa Zen Center d/b/a Beginners Mind Zen Group at 9:00 AM Sunday mornings for traditional Zen meditation. We sit at The Lotus Room, side entrance, 1101 West Kennedy in Tampa. All are welcome. Instruction for newcomers begins at 8:30 AM. For further information:

Guided Hike - Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs Take a walk through time each Saturday morning on a guided hike along the education center trail. Online registration closes 24 hours before the program start time by visiting, clicking the Registration button, then the Brooker Creek tab. For more event information, call (727) 453-6800 or registration information, call (727) 582-2100. Please check in at the front desk. 500 Hour (300 Bridge) Yoga Teacher Training Immersion A Unique and Comprehensive Yoga Alliance Registered Program taught by LeShan Barrios, ERYT taught weekends April thru July Jai Dee Yoga Studio|5803 N. Florida Ave. | 813.231.2300 Peaceful and Joyful Kids Yoga 8 Week Series April-May Fun classes, children play yoga by imitating animals and nature, and by using creative expression, games, music, art, and storytelling. Jai Dee Yoga Studio|5803 N. Florida Ave. | 813.231.2300

WEDNESDAYS Tampa Bay Buddhist Community: Mindfulness Meditation & Buddhist Philosophy, Every Wednesday 6:00 –8:00 p.m. Learn the secret to experiencing mental clarity, enhanced Every Wednesday evening we have a guided meditation, a Dharma talk and some Q n A. This class is open to and helpful for students of all levels of practice. It is taught by Michael Gregory and occasionally other teachers in the community. Please email or call 941.323.3372. by donation only. Donation is $15 per class or $60 per month Wednesdays 6 -7 pm donation $15 or $60 per month Yogani Studios, 1112 W. Platt, S. Tampa, (813)251-9668

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