Yoga Transformation Course at ReFlex Arts/Heartwood Retreat Center


Between October 4 and February 14, ReFlex Arts is offering a yoga transformation course. The class meets for 18 Saturdays from 9:00-1:30. Each morning begins with a refreshing practice and garden meditation. (No meeting on Nov. 29 or Dec. 20 and 27, in respect of the holidays.)
Many students wish to further their own personal yoga journey, desiring to learn more than can be explained in an hour-long class. ReFlex Art’s 80-hour yoga transformation course is designed to lead students deep into the practice of yoga as a path to personal balance and positive change, without training to become an instructor, creating the type of sacred space needed to enrich your personal yoga practice in a fun, supportive community.
Beginning with the question, “What is yoga and how does it work?” this course will provide proper alignment instruction in postures, how to design a home practice, meditation and breathing techniques, conversations on the subtle body including chakra studies and meridians, as well as other yogic philosophy, such as nutrition and home wellness practices.
Each meeting begins with a yoga practice and garden meditation to enhance health and refresh the spirit, then moves on to include refreshments, conversations, lectures, journaling and art, intention setting and special workshops to inspire and guide each individual to embrace a yogic lifestyle. This training gets you in shape – mind, body and soul. Treat yourself to mornings designed to awaken your best self!

Location: Heartwood Retreat Center 17507 Waterline Rd Bradenton. For more information, phone 941-359-9642, email or visit

Posted in October 2014

Yoga for a Healthy Back


Liz Owen is teaching a workshop at Garden of the Heart Yoga on October 26th from noon to 2:30 p.m. The “Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back” workshop is open to anyone, who wishes to use the practice of yoga to relieve lower back pain and strain. Space is limited.

Location: Garden of the Heart Yoga 2888 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. For more information and cost call 941-341-9781 or visit

Posted in October 2014

Women’s Meditation Circle Returns on October 10


In 2006, a group of eight women assembled in a near-empty house to do a “house-blessing.”  That event was the birthplace of the Women’s Meditation Circle.  The original eight grew to 14, to 25, to 35, and when it outgrew private homes, Rising Tide came to the rescue, giving the group a “home” on Friday nights. Today, this community of women amounts to 500.

     The Women’s Meditation Circle has been voted “Favorite Meditation Leader” in six consecutive Nattie Awards in Natural Awakenings Magazine’s annual selection.  On October 10, the group returns to Rising Tide Spiritual Center for its ninth year.  This circle of women, who meet on the new and full moons, represent the high ideals of the group. Some come to restore their spirits.  For others, it is a spiritual destination on Friday nights, where they are exposed to different meditation leaders and spiritual practices.

     In the 2014-2015 calendar year, the group will be introduced to new meditation leaders from many different paths, including animal totems, Balinese spirituality, sound healing and Kirtan.

The full schedule can be found on For more information on the group, contact Jo Mooy at 941-355-1414 or

Posted in October 2014

Want to Teach Yoga to Veterans?


Connected Warriors founder, Judy Weaver, is providing a free four-hour training for yoga teachers to teach yoga to military service members and veterans with PTSD.  Help these warriors and their families feel their best through the practices of yoga, deep breathing and relaxation.  This training takes place October 12, from noon to 4 p.m.  RSVP is required at .

Location: Garden of the Heart Yoga 2888 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. For more information call 941-341-9781 or visit 

Posted in October 2014

Walk to End Alzheimer’s on October 11


Walk to show your support of Alzheimer’s research on October 11. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the walk begins at 10 a.m., at JD Hamel Park in downtown Sarasota, across from Marina Jack.

     The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this event involves participants of all ages and abilities. Alzheimer’s disease is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

     All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer’s further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. The Alzheimer’s Association is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by state.

     There is no fee or deadline, but everyone – including children – must register.

Location: JD Hamel Park, 2 Marina Plaza. Sarasota. For more information, phone 727-578-2558 or email event coordinator Terri Kane at Visit to volunteer or register on-line. 

Posted in October 2014