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INSIDE Vital Body Fresh Food The Mind Beauty Higher Self Holistic Healer Remedies

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Interview with

Denise O’Dunn FROM Balance & Bliss Ayurveda


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“Practicing this traditional hot yoga series may be the best thing a professional or aspiring professional athlete can do to give them a competitive edge both mentally and physically”, Aaron says of classes at Yoga 365. “Time and time again, I have seen athletes injure themselves and shorten their careers because they have not been trained to play the game with proper alignment and greater flexibility, not to mention develop kind of mental toughness and single-point concentration that comes with a regular hot yoga practice.”

Aaron enjoyed a twelve-year career in professional baseball as an infielder for the Mets, Orioles, Angels, Rockies and the Tampa Bay Rays. He had the distinction of being on the Tampa Bay Devil Ray’s first expansion team in 1997. Aaron’s focus remains on athletes, teaching them the benefits of better health and flexibility, increased range of motion, and a greater edge of mental focus and concentration. He believes passionately that the practice of the traditional hot yoga series can help keep athletes on the field longer and bring them greater peace and well-being off the field as well. More information on classes, schedule and upcoming events can be found at www. hotyoga365.com. The studio can also be found on facebook at www.facebook.com/hotyoga365. Aaron can be also be reached at Yoga 365 at (727) 712-0365.

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newsbriefs Santa Claus and his friends are coming to Honeymoon State Park on Saturday, December 15th at 7:00PM for Santa’s Twilight 5K Run/Walk. All participants of this very family oriented event are encouraged to dress in Christmas costumes and awards will be given in several categories.

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Balance & Bliss Ayurveda

I n t e rvie w wi th Denise O’ D unn Photos courtesy Denise O’Dunn, James Ostrand & Janel Norton.

Denise O’Dunn is the director

is the owner and Ayurvedic

of the Florida Academy of

Practitioner of Balance & Bliss

Ayurveda in Tampa Florida. She

Ayurvedic Lifestyle Center

has been practicing yoga since

in Tampa, Florida and holds

1969. She has been a certified

a Florida Massage License.

yoga teacher since 1985 and


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recent student graduation from the academy of Ayurveda (October 2012)

Where were you living that you found yoga 43 years ago?

her classes. I was honored but uncomfortable because I didn’t feel like I knew enough about yoga to teach it, even though I had been practicing yoga for 15 years. I studied with my teacher intensely until her move but I still felt I needed to know more. Yoga teacher training was not as available in 1984 as it is today.

How did you discover Ayurveda?

three-hundred-year occupation of India by the English. In an effort to dominate the culture Through my yoga studies; Yoga the English repressed religion, is very healing – l have survived stirred things up between Islamic and Hindu communities I was a thirteen year-old 7th illness and injury with grace and forced Ayurveda out of grader at Webb Junior High because of my yoga practice in Tampa. There was a poster and Ayurveda fills in the blanks. the population centers. The Ayurvedic schools were advertising a yoga class Ayurveda is the oldest health dismantled and those who knew offered by Hillsborough Parks and wellness system on earth. Ayurveda fled to the wilderness and Recreation Department. Its date of origin is based on I searched for a teacher’s of India where the tradition was The class was at my school the oldest written texts that training program long before passed from parent to child until and my Mom would take me have been discovered but the Internet. I finally found 1947, when after World War 2, every week. It was an esoteric when it was written it was in a course at The United Yoga the English were forced out by presentation with incense and complete form just like yoga. a new consciousness brought candles and chanting and Indian Institute in Albuquerque. I was certified on May 28th 1985. The In fact, yoga and Ayurveda are forward by Mahatma Gandhi music. I fell in love with yoga. training was comprehensive. both features of the Vedic Texts, and additional pressures from My family really liked that the You were a kid, did the sacred writings of India. The the international community. school was licensed by the State writings are of the oral tradition you do yoga for of New Mexico Commission on and so to date Ayurveda By 1950 the Ayurvedic schools a while and then were back in operation and drop it and pick it up Post-Secondary Education. My accurately one has to look training gave me the confidence back much farther than thirtyAyurveda was again an accepted again as an adult? to teach and the school had the part of Indian culture. As the five hundred years. Artifacts credibility of being licensed. schools graduated Ayurvedic No, I did yoga. It was, and is related to Ayurveda reach back doctors and practitioners some a passion for me. I practiced nearly ten-thousand years. Was the school came to the USA and students every day. As more and more you attended for from America studied there. yoga books became available That’s a lot of Ayurveda licensed? In the grand scheme of things I got them. I studied them. I history. Why is it 1947 was not that long ago so attended as many classes as that Ayurveda is just Yes, I attended the Florida it has just taken this much time I could find once I got my now catching on? Vedic College in 2003 and to become established here. driver’s license. When I was graduated in 2005 with a degree Over the centuries Ayurveda in my twenties and living in in Dhanvantari Ayurveda as a Your motivation Lee County my yoga teacher was forced underground by Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner. invasions and occupations of to earn a degree in was preparing to move away and asked if I would take over India. The most recent was the Continued on page 14


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In t e rvie w with Denise O’ D un n a practice that is still pretty much unknown, ah, why?

people to honor themselves in a more complete way when they are in class.

Ayurveda is still not something that would be top-of-mind if you asked people at the mall, but it is better known, maybe even well known in yoga circles because of Yoga Alliance. Yoga Alliance is the teaching standard that most of the yoga schools follow and in their curricula there are sections on Indian philosophy. To satisfy this, Ayurveda is presented. It is a very good thing to understand for yoga instruction because of the differences in people. It used to be if your yoga teacher was Pitta Dosha the class would be aggressive and if you were a little out of balance with Vata it would exacerbate the anxiety or ill ease you were feeling.

OK, now you are speaking a different language. What is…

Also, if a Pitta person is running the class and there are other Pittas in the class there is competition that can come from the student. It is just the way of Pitta. Now the instructors have this added knowledge and they can teach

Sorry, the Doshas. Ayurveda is based on five elements of ether, air, water, fire and earth. All of these elements presented qualities to the Rishis as they were developing their explanation of the world… Rishis? The Rishis were the holy men who rejected what they considered the corruption of their society and retreated into the wilderness to live a more spiritually centered life. They developed or were given yoga and Ayurveda through practice, observation and meditation. Got it. Please continue with the… ah… Elements and the Doshas, yes. Each element has a character; ether is described in physics

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as all the space that exists between matter. Air is an obvious element. It becomes a breeze or wind when it is moving about, ether and air are the elements of the Vata Dosha. So it follows that Vata is movement; airy, light, dry, irregular, in the emotions, the body and the mind. People who are drifty, or absent minded, or anxious are in Vata states of imbalance. Vata prominent people are easily distracted, they have difficult digestion, they are gassy, their stool can be dry and they have a fast metabolism. The fast metabolism makes them lean. They are usually taller or shorter than the average – runway models are usually Vata. The balanced Vata person is highly creative as they are most able of the Doshas to think outside the box, they are personable and fun; the life of the party -- they are not easily compatible with schedules and structure. Physically, in addition to their being taller or shorter than average, they have irregular features; longer noses; longer more slender faces; more

slender arms and legs, etc. Next, Fire and Water are the elemental components of the Pitta Dosha. Consider these elements and we can see that Pitta is hot. Agni is the term for heat in the body and the mind in Sanskrit. Agni is related to digestion and of the three Doshas Pitta has the most powerful digestion when in balance. Out of balance, too much agni; the person can experience acid reflux, or loose stools, emotionally the Pitta person can become angry and aggressive. In balance prominently Pitta people are focused and purposeful, Pitta Dosha is the most achievement orientated. Pitta is the most balanced physically. They put on muscle mass easily, they gain or lose weight easily, they are the average in height and weight when in balance. Professionally bosses are usually Pitta; both Presidential candidates were primarily Pitta. Even if they are physically presenting one of the other Doshas, the drive and focus and ability to think www.tampabaywellness.com

Balance & Bliss Ayurveda clearly and organize people is Pitta. An example of a person who is obviously influenced by Pitta but physically presents another of the Doshas is New Jersey Governor Chris Christy. He has facial features of Pitta and certainly the organizational skills to run a state but he also has a prominent Kapha component. He is a big guy. And that brings us to Kapha Dosha. Kapha is comprised of the Water and Earth elements. This makes the Kapha the most grounded of the Doshas. Being grounded is great in balance, it results in pragmatism but out of balance it can result in sluggishness. The Kapha person has the slowest metabolism; they gain weight easily. They are sweet of nature and very self-preserving. They can be taller or shorter than the average just like Vata but they are going to be thicker and more powerful. The Kapha Dosha is the most powerful of the Doshas. Kapha stamina is pervasive in all aspects of their lives. They are slow to take to routine but when they www.tampabaywellness.com

do they embrace it and when you encounter a Kapha runner they might not be as fast as Pitta but if you are running for distance, the pitta will be spent miles before the Kapha. This stamina follows in work too, Kapha people are the ones that can take care of the finer and more tedious details of a project without being distracted and because they are so self-preserving they are unlikely to feel put upon by the task that faces them. Managers of Kapha dominant people have to allow for the time it takes to complete the task. It is not good to rush Kapha, deadlines need to be reasonable. The work will be thorough when it is completed. This is true of physical labor as well. Offensive linemen are Kapha dominant. There is a lot more to it than I have told you but I think it makes it pretty clear. How does a person find out which Dosha they are?

We have a list of Dosha qualities on our Balance & Bliss site. (www. balanceandbliss.com) It’s fun but it is more likely that you will discover where you are right now rather than your native traits. The Balance in the Doshic make-up of a person is based on who you were at Birth. This is why to truly understand your unique body/mind constitution it is best to come for an Ayurvedic consultation. The consultation is at least two hours. In the consultation I look into your eyes, and study your tongue, I take your pulse at seven levels and I give you the details, a lot more detail than I have been able to in this interview. I look at your childhood pictures and photos of family members. The consultation reveals variations in your Doshas. You will know more about how your environment is affecting you. Because the Doshas are always shifting; with the weather or your interaction with people or your diet, the consultation gives you the best baseline of where you will thrive.

You are the director of an Ayurvedic academy; tell me about your school. The Florida Academy of Ayurveda is licensed by the Florida Depart of Education Commission for Independent Education. We are five hundred six hours in the classroom. The student is also responsible for fifty student consultations. Each student is required to develop and deliver a presentation. The course is comprehensive and covers every aspect of Ayurveda. It takes 15 months and meets on a schedule of one weekend every three weeks. Our next class begins in January of 2013…Next month. We are approved for 24 students and we have openings. Q: How can someone contact you? By email, balanceandbliss@ gmail.com. Licensed by the State of Florida Commission on Independent Education #4443 Balance & Bliss Ayurveda Lifestyle Center 6201 Lynn Road, Tampa, Florida 33625 727-417-4006

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By Paula Owens

A HEALTHY GUT = A HEALTHY PERSON “All disease begins in the gut.” ~ Hippocrates


ou may have heard, “You are what you eat.” Actually, you are what you absorb and assimilate. Hippocrates quotes: “All disease begins in the gut.” Fifty to seventy percent of your immune system is in the gut. Your second brain is through the gut. Consider this: an inflamed gut = an inflamed brain = depression and dementia. Many people with low stomach acid (hypochlorhydria) or no stomach acid (achlorhydria) often complain of bloating, belching, a feeling of heaviness in the stomach after eating, or feeling full after eating only a small amount of food. Many people with low stomach acid are constipated, but others have diarrhea. And then, there are those with low or no stomach acid who experience no symptoms at all. The main

causes of poor digestion and HCL deficiency are aging and stress. The older we get, the probability of hypochlorhydria or achlorhydria are more common than not. Lack of HCL causes carbohydrates to ferment and protein to putrefy in your body. HCL deficiency inhibits your body to breakdown and use food or your supplements to be absorbed at the cellular level creating an environment of malnourishment. If you are not digesting your food properly, your risk for Candida, leaky gut and other health conditions and diseases increase. Advertising suggests that heartburn and indigestion are caused by too much stomach acid. This is hardly ever the case. It’s unfortunate that many doctors fail to recognize how serious a health problem hypochlorhydria and achlorhydria are.

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Conditions and Symptoms associated with Poor Gut Health and HCL Deficiency: Alcoholism Anemia Asthma, allergies or food sensitivities Auto-immune conditions Candida; Parasites Celiac Disease Chronic Hives, Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis and/or Rosacea Depression (90% of serotonin is produced in the gut) Diabetes Gallbladder dysfunction Gas, Bloating and Belching Hair Loss Heartburn and/or Acid Reflux Hepatitis Lupus Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Osteoporosis Thyroid Dysfunction

Do you experience any of the following? Bad breath, body odor and foul smelling stools? Chronic headaches? Feel like skipping breakfast? Food Sensitivities/intolerances? Gas and bloating shortly after eating? Heartburn, Acid reflux or excessive ‘fullness’ after meals? Hives? Indigestion, constipation or diarrhea? Loss of taste for meat? Stomach upset by taking vitamins? Undigested food in your stool? Vegan diet (no meat, fish or eggs) A simple remedy for hypochlohydria is to supplement with a www.tampabaywellness.com

quality HCL digestive enzyme, not OTC antacids or Rx drugs such as “the purple pill.” When you take supplemental HCL you can expect improved digestion and assimilation of protein and amino acids, minerals and other important nutrients. Your energy, strength, endurance and sleep will also improve.

Tips to Optimize Digestion:

Antacids and Rx drugs come with many adverse side effects. They neutralize stomach acid and reduce or block stomach acid production – exactly what you don’t want. Many OTC antacids contain toxic ingredients such as aluminum, artificial colors and sweeteners. Highly respected, Jonathan Wright, M.D. says “These chemicals disrupt digestion and alter the structure and function of stomach lining cells and cause side effects like headache, diarrhea and abdominal pain.”

• Drink a cup of water with the juice of half a lemon before meals.


• Avoid carbonated beverages. • Avoid eating while stressed out. • Turn off the news or chaotic music while eating. Even stressful conversations during meal time can disrupt digestion.

• Drink plenty of water away from meals. Drinking water during meal time dilutes HCL and weakens digestion. • Eliminate foods you’re sensitive to and that wreak havoc on your GI system, specifically gluten, processed foods and dairy. • Go for a walk after eating. • Maintain a healthy weight (extra weight puts pressure on your abdomen encourages acid

reflux). • Refrain from lying down for 2-3 hours after eating. • Slow down, enjoy and taste your food. Chew your food until it is liquefied before swallowing. • Take Digestzymes in the middle of the meal. Drink only enough water to wash them down. • Taking probiotics at the end of your meal (not at the same time as the digestive enzymes) can help reduce inflammation and improve digestion. Proper digestion and absorption are fundamental requirements for optimal health. Read more about hydrochloric acid and the importance of digestion as a key to health in my book, The Power of 4. Remember, “A Healthy Gut = A Healthy Person.”

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By Tom T. Moore

Guardian Angel Conversations


ix years ago I discovered that I could converse with “spirit” as it’s called. This is something you can do too if you don’t mind putting in the time and effort, which I’ll explain below. The first person I communicated with was an American Indian Shaman living in the western United States in the 1600’s. He explained that I was a Shaman also living at that time and that I was to reintroduce people to “The Gentle Way.” This became the title of my first book on teaching people a simple, yet very powerful spiritual tool to use—requesting Most Benevolent Outcomes (MBO’s). I had been requesting MBO’s for several years, but I did not understand how powerful they are. I only cared that they worked PERFECTLY, and I had never been able to say that about any of the other modalities I had tried—law of attraction,

this is? Theo told me that this is the FIRST big step in learning to co-create with spirit! Our goal is to become “Junior Creators in Training.” So just start with the mundane requests such as, “I request a Most Benevolent Outcome for a parking place in front of ________, thank you!” You’ll start receiving immediate feedback that these requests work, before you start requesting MBO’s for ones that can take months or even a year to manifest, such as requests for the PERFECT job, home, or mate. Theo says humans are impatient (he says that with humor).

Theo tells me that there are a little over one million Guardian Angels (GA’s) handling all the souls having earth lives, and all of our lives on earth are happening at the same time, as time is power of positive thinking, etc. an illusion for us. That’s why I could converse with the Shaman Eventually I began communicating each time with my own living in the 1600’s. I have Guardian Angel. Naturally I learned from him that all of these asked what name to call him. He GA’s are “golden light beings,” explained that our vocal chords with an enormous amount of are not made to pronounce experience and knowledge. angelic names, and we would simply be frustrated if we tried. They do it with great love and joy, He said, “Tom, we’re not too big but Theo says we must request on names here, so you can call assistance, as our souls have me Tom, Dick, or Harry, but instructed them to only assist Tom might be a little confusing if we ask, or if our lives are in in your meditations.” So in my danger and our soul contracts are case I thought about it for a few to live to an older age. So when days and was “inspired” one you request MBO’s you become day to begin calling him Theo. more aware, and most importantly, your vibrational level So here’s your first suggestion. begins to increase! Theo says Say out loud, “Guardian Angel, requesting MBO’s is the simplest what name should I call you?” way to raise your vibrational You may immediately receive a level, and with all the benefits name in your mind, or it may that come with your GA assisting take a few days, as it did me. in manifesting your requests. The second suggestion is to start requesting MBO’s. Remember what I said about how powerful

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So contacting your own GA can be quite easy if you already meditate. Instead of going into a deep

meditation, just stay in the higher Alpha state instead of the deeper Theta level. Then you just say, “Guardian Angel, are you there?” You’ll receive a response where it seems you are mentally answering your own question, but continue with a simple question or two. Theo says they send us “thought packet” answers that are filtered from our right brain to the left according to our knowledge, beliefs, and education. And that’s why you can communicate with any beings in the universe, as you don’t have to speak their language. If you don’t meditate, don’t fret. There are many meditation CD’s and MP3’s out there. I do highly recommend that you say, “I request a Most Benevolent Outcome for receiving these messages perfectly, thank you!” That and surrounding yourself with white light will give you protection to only speak with your own GA. Communicating with your own Guardian Angel takes some work, but the results will amaze you. You can write the answers, say them out loud and record, or as I do type the answers on your computer. Have all your questions listed on a pad and open your eyes to read each one as you go. Then PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, as Theo told me over and over again. Have a most benevolent experience! Tom T. Moore is a speaker, frequent radio guest, and author of THE GENTLE WAY: A Self-Help Guide For Those Who Believe In Angels and THE GENTLE WAY II: The Story Continues (Light Technology ISBN # 1-891824-60-0 and # 978-1891824-80-7). For more information, go to www.thegentlewaybook.com/. www.tampabaywellness.com

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Miracles Abound When There is Love! “Life is our greatest possession and love its greatest affirmation!” - Leo Buscaglia,


n times of uncertainty within self or the world, people turn to a higher purpose for hope, peace and love. Love being in my estimation the greatest gift of the divine. Everyone searches for love throughout their lifetime. Love is the primary goal. Everyone wants to be loved and most of all feel loved. When we receive it and give our love to someone or something it is the best feeling in the world! Love is the greatest gift humanity can give to one another, and best of all once given can never be lost. Furthermore, what would it be like to just be love. For instance, what would happen if you didn’t ask for it, want it, demand it from someone or even hope for it? What if you decided to start the day and just be love and walk with the intent that you are already loved and loving. Moreover, what do you think would happen if you decided to take just one day and try love on!

I too was curious and decided to become love and this is how I went about being love. When I awoke I started my day by affirming that “I am loved and loving”. I also vowed to; • Smile from the heart • Not to speak an unkind word about someone, something or some circumstance • To truly listen from the heart • Immediately stop any negative thought and repeat remember the experiment to redirect • Imagine a bright pink light emanating from my heart center as I walked • Be deliberately helpful when a moment to do so arises • Right now, Forgive someone their transgression, start small • Make eye contact with those I encountered • Take note of my surroundings as if it was the first time I was surprised at how hard

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What are the ingredients in the spray tan solutions? Spray tan solutions vary with their ingredient list much like cosmetics and skin care products. There are hundreds of different brands and similar to cosmetics and other skin care products, they can contain a broad range of ingredients. Some manufacturers use harsh additives, chemicals and preservatives. Since the initial founding of sunless tanners, spray tan solutions have come a long way with regards to ingredients, color, scent, and durability. There are now options that are comprised with over 98% organic and natural ingredients! In addition, many high quality, natural solutions contain anti-oxidants to decrease/minimize free-radical production. There are numerous custom spray tan solutions that are paraben-free, alcohol-free, fragrance-free, mineral oil-free, glycol-free, phthalate-free and sulphate-free.

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Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) reacts chemically with amino acid groups, which are part of the protein-containing keratin layer on the skin surface. This reaction causes a skin-browning effect, which is non-toxic.

How is a “custom” spray tan better/ different from a selftanning lotion or spray tan in a booth? Many self-tanning lotions and spray tan booths use a lower quality DHA which result in orange tones. Spray tan booths are entirely automated and do not know the location of your body parts, thus the nickname “car wash” fits accordingly. Selftanning lotions are difficult to apply evenly and create a

Orange Fear! The following can contribute to the orange-effect: • Low quality or diluted DHA • Too much DHA on certain skin types • A technician overspraying

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How often can I spray tan? Spray tanning does not work like traditional sunbathing/tanning in relation to building up color. One spray tan can achieve your desired color. Spray tanning weekly is not recommended and contributes to carry over color and unevenness. If it is desired to keep a tan indefinitely, spray tanning every 14-21 days will provide the best results.

What if I am very pale? Any color can be achieved with one spray tan application. A

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The Missing Link in Healthcare Myofascial Release What is John F. Barnes Myofascial Release? Myofascial Release is a safe, gentle hands-on technique that works on the level of the fascia to open the restrictions thus releasing blocked energy and restoring health.

What is fascia? Fascia is connective tissue. It is in every living organism, plant and animal. Fascia is made up of collagen and elastin fibers and ground substance (fluid and proteins). The connective tissue is formed into microtubules on the order of nanometers (one billionth of a meter). The microtubules carry fluid in the tubules and are crystalline in nature which makes them perfect for conducting energy and information. The microtubules are configured in bundles and connected in networks. Microtubules are in every cell, surround every cell, connect all 70 trillion cells in the body into a 3-D dynamic web of connective tissue. Since X-Ray and routine diagnostic imaging is not able to capture restrictions in the fascial system, the underlying cause of the problem is often missed.

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What causes myofascial restrictions to let go?

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The fascial system is a piezoelectric tissue which means mechanical energy can be converted to electrical potential and vice versa. The therapist applies gentle sustained pressure into the fascial system through compression, traction or moving a body part against gravity, which creates an electrical current. The current allows for rehydration of the fascial system and return of energy flow.

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wellness calendar December 1-7 Introduction to Acro Yoga - Saturday, December 1 | 1:00 - 4:00pm | $40 prior to Nov 24 $50 after. Learn the basics of partner stacks, counterbalances, and low level acrobatics. Students will also be introduced to the softer side of AcroYoga through Thai Massage and “Therapeutic Flying”. No partner or experience necessary. Yogani Studios | 1112 W. Platt St. | 813.251.9668 | yogani.com. FREE Vision Screenings – In our Wellness Department with Robin Quigg, Certified Ophthalmic Technician. Please join us Saturday December 1st @ 10:30am – 1:30pm. Call Robin @ 727-784-3733 to sign up. Nature’s Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St, Clearwater, FL 33755 more info @ www.naturesfoodpatch.com Introduction to Slackline Yoga - Sunday, December 2 | 10:00am - 12:00pm | Specialized “eLine” slacklines have been designed to deliver the best possible slackline experience for both play and yoga. Slackline yoga (or slackasana) has been described as “distilling the art of yogic concentration.” To balance on a 1” piece of webbing lightly tensioned between two trees is not easy, and doing yoga poses on it is even more challenging, but made remarkably accessible in this workshop. The practice simultaneously develops focus, dynamic balance, power, breath, core integration, flexibility, and confidence. Yogani Studios | 1112 W. Platt St. | 813.251.9668 | yogani.com. FREE: Sustainable Seafood – John Jaksa, Nature’s Food Patch Meat & Seafood manager will focus on how to make informed decisions

when choosing seafood. This will include information on which species are abundant & readily available, and those that are being overfished. We will delve deeper into the ongoing debate of wild-caught vs. farm-raised, which also includes sustainability & impact on ecosystems. Another area of concern is weighing the nutritional benefits of eating seafood regularly against the risk of contaminants such as mercury & PCB’s. Please join us Thursday December 6th @ 6:30pm. Nature’s Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St, Clearwater, FL 33755 more info @ www. naturesfoodpatch.com

December 8-14 Raw Foods – FREE: We are happy to announce our Raw Foods classes are starting back up! Come meet Brad, the Vegabond Chef. Brad has been a Vegan Chef for about 5 years with part of that time being strictly raw. Currently Brad still “cooks” and eats all vegan incorporating raw foods as much as possible. So whether you are looking to go completely raw, or would just like to add more raw foods into your diet, this class is for you! Menu: Cacao Truffles, Maca-macaroons & Raw Chocolate Glaze. Please join us Saturday December 8th @ 3:00pm. Nature’s Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St, Clearwater, FL 33755 more info @ www.naturesfoodpatch.com Meditation Class with Tina Tidwell Saturday, December 8 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm | $15, Join Tina Tidwell for the chance to learn about different meditation techniques and for a quiet place to practice meditating. The first 20-30 minutes will be a lesson and the final 30 minutes will be meditation practice, which will include visualizations and yoga nidra techniques. Join us

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in a candle lit environment for this chance to grow your inner practice. We often have to get out of our home environment to truly calm our minds. Bella Prana Yoga | 1000 W. Kennedy Blvd., #100 | 813.407.2140 | bellaprana.com/workshops Navigating Labor -- Sunday, December 8 | 12 - 2pm | This workshop will provide families assistance and support to clearly establish and outline their individual birth preferences. Learn how to navigate the limitless information and influences available to parents today. Learn to ask the right questions so medical and support providers supply the information needed to make sound decisions during the uncertainty of labor and birth. Yogani Studios | 1112 W. Platt St. | 813.251.9668 | yogani.com. Jai Dee Winter Party - Sunday December 9th; 9am to 9pm FREE YOGA! FREE MASSAGE! Prizes, Live Music, Food and Drink, Discounts on Memberships, and MORE! This is a family friendly event... www.jaideeyoga.com/ happenings for more info. Jai Dee Yoga and Wellness Center 5803 N. Florida Ave Tampa, FL 33604 FREE: Holiday Wine & Cheese Tastings – Join us this season to indulge your senses in a variety of pairings consisting of wine, cheese, chocolate and nuts. Sign up at Customer Care – you may sign at the store, email us at customerservice@naturesfoodpatch.com, or call us, 727-443-6703. Sunday December 9th @ 3pm & Saturday December 29th @ 3pm. Nature’s Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St, Clearwater, FL 33755 more info @ www.naturesfoodpatch.com Yin Yoga for Athletes with Lisa Jamison - Sunday, December 12 | 4:30-6:30pm | $25. Connecting athletes to their recovery one pose at a time. Stretches go beyond the muscles so that joints and fascia range of motion can improve. Poses focus on countering the stress of the sport and include work on rest and recovery. Yogani Studios | 1112 W. Platt St. | 813.251.9668 | yogani.com Connecting with your Healing Angels – Celebrate the holidays by connecting with your personal Angels. December 12, 2012 This special evening includes an introduction to the Archangels, an Angelic cleansing and a daily Angel blessing you can take home. $20 donation, all proceeds go to Feeding America®. This workshop will take place, Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, At the Break Thru Living Center, 1531 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. Suite 201 Lutz, FL 33548. No www.tampabaywellness.com

horoscopes ARIES Trek further into new beginnings. Take stock of what is waning and gather the best qualities of what you have learned as you put it into new use. Stay rooted in practicality while you cooperate with kindred spirits and deepen what you know to be true. Be mindful not to lose focus. Limit distractions while build on what gives you passion.

LEO Are you feeling like you are doing what you need to be doing? Evaluate carefully before you answer. Sometimes what we are participating in is only the stepping-stone to what truly awaits. Keep up your skills, polish areas in which you are lacking and keep up a wholesome practice of work, study, play and relaxation. You will be happy you did this as you encounter the year’s ahead if only in the sense that good fortune is opportunity meeting preparedness. Limit self-indulgences!

SAGITTARIUS Certain achievements may need to be acknowledged. If things have been chaotic realize you are not alone. Having the courage of your convictions can do wonders for focus and discipline however you may need to question a bit more deeply how you have been handling certain responsibilities. It may be time to let some go or figure out a new way to make things work. Better now than later.

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TAURUS Conventional knowledge and degrees become less and less important as you seek new meaning and purpose to energize your life. You are also to pay particular attention to any health issues that are signalling to you. This is the time to make DEEP change. Surface cosmetics just will not do. Look within and respect whom you are via taking action given to you by your inner voice.

VIRGO Push forward with decisions you may have been procrastinating on. You are in a bit of a waiting curve where decisions will need to be made soon but not quite time yet. New realizations over this month can be very useful. Take another look at your space and deep six the rest of any clutter. Heed your inner voice and only pass on information that is useful to others. Keep the bossy inner ego on a short leash.

CAPRICORN Being objective about others and your situation can bring relief and maybe even a few chuckles. There is always darkness prior to dawn. If you cannot see or feel your way clearly to a decision then make none. Try to let things cost until mid-December. Continue to build rapport with others and realize that your innate gift of a type of wry humour can do much to relieve stress and tension. There is an old maxim to “Laugh the devil away.”! It works. Imsara is an evolutionary astrologist, acupuncture physician, writer and speaker. She holds a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and a Master’s in Public Health. Imsara is offering a


GEMINI When was the last time you sang out loud? Seriously, there is much to be gained by this for you are approaching a time when it is important to feel more love and joy. Do not sit on the fence any longer. Commit one-way or the other. Being stuck in neutral means your life and potential are being wasted. Figure out what you need to do, what you want and how to do it. Get on the motorbike!

LIBRA There is a growing desire within you to part the curtains and venture down new pathways. The same old situation with its boring same old outcomes will not do any longer. Radical transformation is calling in order to refresh, reenergize and revitalize your life! Take heed of the times and be willing to take new steps in new directions. It is past choice.

AQUARIUS You may have a sense you are provided for that is actually dependent on maintaining a strong connection to your Source. Peaks of energy can come and go. Get back to basics and evaluate where you need to refine and improve. Drop activities that are time wasters. Take care of everyday tasks and look a little bit further afar for activities that can put your skills and talents to best use. Keep your inner garden and your outer garden weed free and well nurtured. You will be happy you did. series of exciting new classes both in St. Petersburg and at Om Gaia in Bradenton, Florida. Imsara also offers a unique set of services both in Oriental Medicine and energy

CANCER Remove yourself from any kind of gossip. Like an epidemic this can spread and have unintentional consequences. Perhaps you need a break or time away from situations that seem to bog you down. Being critical of others, even if you think it is well meaning it is an abuse of power. Keep open your heart and stay in neutral if you do not agree. In the meantime, how can you shift other elements of your life to a more forward and optimistic direction?

SCORPIO You may be trying to project an image that can enhance your situation and this is unwise. Start a new experience of life by allowing more vulnerability. If all guises were stripped away what would your essential qualities truly be? Let go of the prejudice and judgements of the past. Take pains to be heard and to also understand. Superficiality will not help in any way. It is depth that will serve you best.

PISCES There is someone or something in your life that needs a deeper inner recognition and appreciation. It is time to be a bit more focused and aware of what your duties are as well as a sense of greater discipline and focus. Every morning do a short practice of gratitude and give attention first to practical tasks that lend stability to your sense of home and direction. Recognize the many areas of privilege in your life.

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wellness calendar experience necessary. Everyone is welcome. Seats are limited, so please call 813-435-5250 to register or log onto http://www.breakthruliving. com/events to reserve your seat. Ana Forrest: Breath Strength Integrity Weekend Workshop - Friday 12/14 | 6-8:30pm | Celebrate Your Practice. Saturday 12/15 | 9-11:30am | Open Your Heart | 2-4:30pm | Journey to the Core Sunday 12/16 | 9-11:30 | Heal Your Back | 2-4:30 | Unraveling Mysteries of the Hips, Neck and Shoulders Sunday 12/16 | 5-6:30pm | Book Reading/Signing with Ana. Early Bird Pricing Prior 11/22 | 1 for $55 | 2 for $110 | 3 for $150 | 4 for $200 | 5 for $225 After 11/22 | 1 for $65 | 2 for $130 | 3 for $180 | 4 for $240 | 5 for $275 Yogani Studios | 1112 W. Platt St. | 813.251.9668 | yogani.com Pranic Healing Level 1 - Heal yourself and others with Pranic Healing® - a touch free system that promotes natural healing, by balancing your energy systems. December 14-15, 2012. This hands-on workshop is fun and will have you healing yourself and others immediately. Only $297 when you register before December 1st 2012. Workshop will take place Friday. December 14th 2012 from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

and Saturday, December 15th 2012, from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm at the Break Thru Living Center, 1531 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. Suite 201 Lutz, FL 33548. No experience necessary. Everyone is welcome. CEUs available. Seats are limited, so please call 813-435-5250 to register or log onto http://www. pranichealingtampa.com/calendar.

December 15-21 Thai Yoga Bodywork. Saturday & Sunday, December 15 & 16, 9:00am-6:00pm This course teaches a basic 1.5-hour sequence of Thai-Yoga Bodywork Techniques. You’ll watch demonstrations and take notes in your manual, then practice giving and receiving with various partners in the class. Cost: $280. Sign up online at www.yogalotuspond.com or call us at (813)9613160 to register. 6201 Lynn road Citrus Park, FL 33625 Elementary Crystal Healing Workshop December 15, 2012, Learn how to heal yourself and others with crystals. We’ll cover how to create your sacred space, feng shui, crystal mandalas, balancing the chakras, protection, pendulums and care and cleansing of your crystals. Chakra crystal kit included. Taught by Rev. Maggie Batt.

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December 22-28 Holiday Candlelight Flow with Eric Wheeler Sunday, December 23 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | $25, Every beautiful breath is a gift. Celebrate this holiday season with other yogis at a special candlelight flow. Eric will guide you through a challenging vinyasa flow class with an emphasis on delightful backbends that open the anahata chakra and deep twists that cleanse the manipura chakra. Participate in this special practice that includes holiday music, swapping stories, and heart-centered yoga under the warm glow of candlelight. Share holiday cheer and spend an evening of joy and wellness with us. Bella Prana Yoga | 1000 W. Kennedy Blvd., #100 | 813.407.2140 | bellaprana.com/workshops December 29-31

iRest ™ Yoga Nidra with Annie Okerlin -- Sunday, December 30 | 4:30-5:30pm |$10 Suggested Donation to the Exalted Warrior Foundation. Come experience authentic, deep relaxation through “yogic sleep with awareness.” This practice is suitable for ALL levels of practitioners as it is a guided meditation. Yogani Studios | 1112 W. Platt St. | 813.251.9668 | yogani. com. welcome the Holiday Season with this special 2 hour class. Yogani Studios | 1112 W. Platt St. | 813.251.9668 | yogani.com.

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program used as a complementary modality to conventional medicine. Gentle adaptive yoga will be used to allow the student to connect to their own personal source of strength and healing. The will include breathwork (pranayama), meditation (dhyana), deep relaxation (yoga nidra) and physical poses (asana). Each individual will be able to use a chair for the entire practice or simply as needed. Props such as blankets, bolsters, blocks and straps will also be used as necessary to provide comfort during the practice. Come as you are and learn to experience life one breath at a time. (See “classes” tab to register for this ongoing weekly class) Yogani Studios | 1112 W. Platt St. | 813.251.9668 | yogani.com. BioMat healing and rejuvenation sessions with Dee. Every Tuesday and Thursday by appointment from 11am to 7pm. 30 minute sessions reduce pain, relieve stress, increase circulation, remove toxins, and more. $35. North Tampa and Thonotosassa locations. 813-367-7385. www.aromatherapycrystalhealing.com. Free guided meditation.

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