Sarasota School of Massage Therapy (SSMT) will open a classroom to people exploring the option of becoming massage therapists on April 28. This five-hour course is free and will include introductions to anatomy and physiology, Swedish massage and SSMT’s cornerstone class, Present Centered Awareness.
Space is limited. Location: 5899 Whitfield Ave., Sarasota. To reserve a spot, call or text Autumn at 941-730-8890. For more information about the Sarasota School of Massage Therapy, call 941-957-0577 or visit SarasotaSchoolOfMassageTherapy.edu.
Rising Tide International is bringing Krishna Das to the Riverview Performing Arts Center, in Sarasota, on April 8. One of the foremost devotional singers in the world, Das will share his spiritual message through music and chanting. He has produced numerous recordings, including his latest album Live Ananda, which was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age category last year.
Layering traditional Hindu kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Das has been called “yoga’s rock star.” With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, he has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the bestselling chant artist of all time, with more than 300,000 records sold.
Location: Ram Way, Sarasota. Tickets available at KrishnaDas.com/tour_schedule.cfm, at The OM Shoppe at 4521 S. Tamiami Trail or at Garden of the Heart Yoga Center, in Gold Tree Plaza at Ringling Blvd. and Tuttle, 2888 Ringling Blvd., in Sarasota (call first at 941-341-9781). For more information, call 941-923-7834, email RisingTideTickets@gmail.com or visit RisingTideInternational.org.
Bliss Salon, owned and managed by stylist Nikki Jackson, is celebrating its one-year anniversary of serving clients in Palmer Ranch.
A Sarasota native who grew up on a small local farm, Jackson embraces a natural, creative approach to life that has translated into her business. “From growing my own organic vegetables and herbs to using recycled pallet wood for the walls of my salon, I believe in the ‘recycle, renew, restore’ approach to conservation and natural living and want to share that with my clients,” she says. Her staff of six offers hair care, styling, nails and makeup using natural, organic and sustainable product lines.
Location: 5531 Palmer Crossing Circle, Sarasota. For more information or to make an appointment, call 941-923- 1287 or visit BlissSalonSRQ.com.
Richard’s Foodporium, a 35-year-old chain of natural and specialty products headquartered in Sarasota, recently moved its Osprey location to 1260 South Tamiami Trail, in Casey Key. The store remains under the management of Mason Maddox, who states that the new location will offer better parking, a new produce section and upgraded décor.
Founded in 1979, Richard’s has 18 corporate and franchise locations along the Gulf Coast, from Dunedin and Oldsmar to Port Charlotte, along with one location on Florida’s East Coast in Palm Coast. The chain was named Best Independent Chain Retailer in the Nation by Vitamin Retailer.
For more information, call 941-355-6838 or visit RichardsFoodporium.com.
The Supreme Science Qigong Center will offer a two-day, CEU-approved seminar that includes a fi ve-course food healing dinner from May 16 through 18, at the Heritage Park Center, in Kissimmee.
Qigong strength training is nurturing to qi. Participants learn to use holding qi postures like horsestance to build the root chakra and leg strength; and fast hyperthrows, followed by slow brushing movements, which work wonders for circulatory issues, building speed/strength and giving a burst of energy. Yin and yang alternating movements open arteries to expand blood fl ow beyond what traditional exercise is capable.
For more information, call 800-298-8970 or visit Qigong.com.
Internationally recognized Master Amrit Desai, fondly known as Gurudev, is the creator of the Amrit Method of Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Quantum Breath Meditation. He will present a six-hour workshop, Redesign Your Destiny, on May 10, at the Hindu Temple of Florida, in Tampa.
The workshop celebrates the power of Source within and includes two sessions with Gurudev along with a guided Amrit Method Yoga, an Amrit Yoga Nidra experience and lunch.
“Experience the power of mystical energetic transmission, where self-destructive habits, emotions, fears and anxiety can be easily removed from the core. Your presence will radiate love, light, and peace,” says Desai.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call 652-685- 3001 or email Admissions@AmritYoga.org.
Krishna Das will lead anevening workshop at Rising Tide International from 7 to 10 p.m., April 9; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Das will offer his unique, downto- Earth understanding of the many challenges we face as spiritual beings. Attendees will gain insight into the journey of walking through life with an open heart, regardless of whether they are experienced practitioners or just starting their spiritual practice.
The workshop revolves around call-and-response chanting, questions from participants, discussions about life and the spiritual path, readings from spiritual traditions and insights about how to use practice to develop awareness of the obstacles around the innate sense of well-being.
To purchase tickets, visit rt-srq.org. For more information, call Rachel Yasmin at 941-923-7834 or email RisingTideTickets@gmail.com.
ReFlex Arts offers a comprehensive Aerial Yoga weekend certifi cation course (20 hours), April 25 through 27, designed to explore a wealth of alternative yoga exercises, assisted postures and safe inversion techniques using the Om Gym system of yoga hammocks and handle supports as well as exploring traditional aerial silks. Some attention is given to the differences between the styles but most of the work is mutually interchangeable.
The course includes discussion, practice, floating exploration, inversion physiology and theory, anatomy, a review of safety and health issues and teaching practicums. A certifi – cate of aerial yoga training will be given to participants to validate their education in this specialty and for continuing education credits for Yoga Alliance.
Location: 6260 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-359-9642, email Contact@ ReflexArts.com or visit HeartwoodRetreatCenter.com/aerial-yoga-certification.html.
Amy McConnell, DC, recently opened Gentle Care Chiropractic, in Sarasota. The clinic offers the Activator Method, technique, a gentle, low-force approach to chiropractic care that can help common problems such as neck pain, headaches, TMJ, mid-back pain, low back pain, sciatica and more.
Appropriate for patients of all ages, this technique can help patients that are suffering from arthritis, degeneration and osteoporosis, and those that may not be able to receive some traditional chiropractic adjustments.
Location: 3982 Bee Ridge Rd., Bldg. H, Ste. H, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-312-6200 or visit GentleCareChiropractic.com.
Downtown Sarasota welcomes back the finest crafters in the country on May 17 and 18. This popular craft fair showcases original handcrafted art and affordable gift items.
A Green Market will feature exotic live plants, savory dips, gourmet sauces, freshly popped kettle corn and more. Admission is free and open to the public. The event is produced by American Craft Endeavors and pricing suits all budgets.
More than 100 artists will showcase a variety of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused wax and glass, hair accessories, handbags and accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft, stained glass and more.
For additional information, call 561-746-6615 or 813-962-0388 or visit ArtFestival.com.