Letter from the Publisher June 2016


Well, it’s official: the weather––or, should I say humidity––is heating up here in the Sunshine State which can only mean that beach season has arrived! With summertime currently upon us, this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings is full of suggestions to maximize your wellness throughout this exciting time of year.  


First, be sure to check out the feature article on “Happiness Habits” which offers advice on simplifying your life, adopting a positive outlook, cultivating healthy routines and nurturing that mind-body-spirit connection to achieve genuine bliss.  


Also, with the kids away from school these next couple months, our “Conscious Eating” article has you covered for nourishing snacks to serve when they need an afternoon pick-me-up from all their outdoor adventures. These “whole food quick bites” are convenient and crowd-pleasing ways to sneak essential nutrients into even the pickiest eater’s diet.  


Of course, we can’t forget about those beloved “furry children” either, and our article on “Preventing & Treating Heatstroke” explains how to respond––from a holistic perspective––if the Southwest Florida temperatures harm your pet’s well-being. These tips will especially benefit indoor-outdoor animals or large dogs who need frequent exercise.  


Finally, whether you’re planning a family vacation, couple’s getaway or road trip with friends this summer, “The World of House Swapping & AirBnB” feature is also worth a read. Exploring affordable, creative and eco-friendly accommodation ideas for travelers, this article will get your engines revved for tourist season––no matter where that wanderlust might lead! 


I hope this issue inspires you to have a vibrant, healthy and, of course, fun-filled summer! As always, please email any comments or suggestions to Publisher@nasrq. Wherever these “dog days” take you…bon voyage, dear readers!  


Posted in June 2016

Keiser University Hosts Open House for Summer Programs


Gather your family and friends, then head to the Keiser University Sarasota campus on June 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., for an informative and fun-filled Summer Open House to learn about embarking on a successful career path and experiencing the Keiser advantage. Participants will meet faculty, staff and other students, while enjoying refreshments, music, games and prizes.
Keiser University offers over 100 separate Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degree programs in the fields of healthcare, culinary, sports management, business, technology, legal studies and more. With a student-centered system that fosters a healthy balance between life, parenting, work and study, Keiser University is both an educational institution and integral part of the local community, offering the opportunity for anyone to further their education.

Location: 6151 Lake Osprey Dr., Sarasota. To sign up, call 1-888-844-8404 or visit KUOpenHouse.com. For more information, visit KeiserUniversity.edu

Posted in June 2016

Radiant Soul Yoga & Wellness Offers “Experience Your Best Life” Workshops


On June 5, 3:30–5:30 p.m., Patty Seidensticker and Betsy Anderson will lead Yin Yoga & Yoga Nidra.This practice of holding poses for an extended time increases flexibility, releases tension and allows chi to flow. Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation that allows the body to enter an awakened yet relaxed state. (Cost: $20. Pre-register requested.)  

On June 11, noon–2 p.m., Harmony Ananda and Rick Joyce will lead Couples YogaUsingyoga, massage, Tantra, synchronized breathing, healing touch and communication, you will nurture and pleasure your partner. Props, pillows and space will provide additional comfort. (Cost: $40 per couple in advance. $50 at the door.  Pre-registration requested.)  

On June 12, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Danielle Nance will lead Healing Qigong. Learn the basic elements and gentle movements to tap into your personal healing system. Breathing, visualizing, and moving with intention help you achieve a sense of well-being. (Cost: $15.)  

On June 16, 7:15–8:15 p.m., Mario DeLorenzo will lead a free “12 Oils of Ancient Scriptures” class. You will learn about the healing oils of the Bible that help connect to the divine source, so the body can enter a state of harmony.   

On June 18, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will lead a “Fit Body, Fit Soul” workshop. This includes an all-levels yoga practicemeditation, lunch prepared while learning nutritious eating habitsrecognizing forms of stress and benefits of silence. The event will conclude with a Body Rolling class to help your body feel open and aligned.  


Location; 3512 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota. For more information and to sign up, call 941-380-1206 or email RadiantSoulYogaWellness@gmail.com. 

Posted in June 2016

“Baker’s Dozen” Reunion at Cat Depot


A baker’s dozen brings to mind donut delicacies, but in this case, they are 13 kitties rescued by Cat Depot from a Charlotte County hoarding case in January, 2015. These cats were named after donuts: Boston, Crème, Custard, Dunkin, Dutchie, Fritter, Frosting, Glaze, Jelly, Maple, Sprinkle, Sugar and Churro. Since their rescue and recovery from upper respiratory infections, skin infections and eye surgery, each cat now lives with loving adopters.  

To celebrate their good fortune, a Donut Family Reunion will take place June 3, 10 a.m. to 12, in Cat Depot’s Education Center. In attendance will be the “donut kitties” and their adoptive families, rescuers, volunteers and friends. Coffee and donuts will also be served. In addition, donations are always needed for the Friends Like Me Program to provide emergency medical care and treatment to rescued cats who are sick, injured or have chronic illnesses. 

Cat Depot, a nonprofit, 501(c)3 no-kill, free-roaming facility, is recognized for its progressive design and commitment to helping homeless, abandoned and injured animals. Cat Depot’s mission is to save lives, find loving homes, and provide the resources and education to improve the destiny of homeless cats. Also, shop in our Cat Depot Supply & Gift Store, specializing in brand name cat food, litter, calming products, supplies and unique gifts.  


Location: 2542 17th St., Sarasota. Hours: Monday–Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday–Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Handicap accessible. For more information, call 941-366-2404, visit CatDepot.org or “like” Facebook.com/CatDepot. 

Posted in June 2016

Customer Appreciation Party at Florida Esthetics


On June 5, 1–6 p.m., Florida Esthetics will celebrate its one-year anniversary by hosting a customer appreciation party with complimentary wine and desserts, specials on spa services, gift certificates and product discounts. In addition, each attendee will receive a free raffle ticked to enter the spa giveaway. 

Florida Esthetics is a paramedical skincare spa for both the face and body. Skincare products and services for men and women are available. Take advantage of our first time client specials, and look for our monthly special coupons as well. 


Location: 3643 Cortez Rd. W, Suite 250, Bradenton. Open by appointment: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pre-registration is required. To RSVP, call 941-592-0640, FloridaEsthetics@gmail.com or visit FloridaEsthetics.com.  

Posted in June 2016