'Get Your Joy Back' workshop offered
BRADENTON -- A six-week workshop, "Get Your Joy Back," is 6-7 p.m. July 9 at the Women's Resource Center of Manatee, 1926 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Taught by Judy Sedgeman, the class is based on a concept called Innate Health that promotes the idea that past life experiences and circumstances aren't what determine happiness or sorrow. Instead, it's the power of thought and how thinking is used.
Learning to navigate thoughts can connect people to inner wisdom and restore peace of mind and natural joy despite anything that may have happened in the past, said Sedgeman.
"It's our thoughts that create moods," she said. "Our state of mind is a natural barometer."
However, Innate Health doesn't require replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts. Instead, it's more about recognizing how thoughts can create false realities and that stress can be reduced even during challenging times, said Sedgeman.
The class series is open to the public; although it's being taught at a center for women, men also are welcome. Cost is $2 per class. For information, call 941-747-6797.
Conscious Movement gatherings held in Sarasota
SARASOTA -- When she lived in Asheville, N.C., Kathy Oravec took part in a Sunday phenomenon that would attract up to 100 people. They gathered to express themselves through free-form movement to the sound vibrations of music.
She relocated to Sarasota about three years ago and now is building something similar to what she loved to do on Sunday mornings in Asheville. At 10 a.m. on the first and third Sunday mornings of the month, she is facilitating Conscious Movement at the John Chidsey Bayfront Community Center, 803 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
No one speaks during Conscious Movement sessions and people move how they want to. Music ranges from reggae to rap to oldies to classical.
"There is a lot of world music that's layered with beats," said Oravec.
The free-form expressive dance gatherings also have been called trance dance, ecstatic dance and dance church, she said.
"It's just a great place to connect to your body through the music," said Oravec. "It's really about building community, too."
Suggested donation to join a Conscious Movement session is $10. The next gathering will be at 10 a.m. July 7. For information, call 941-724-9791.
Belly dancing class for women with cancer
BRADENTON -- Tahja, a belly-dancing instructor in Sarasota, has taught belly dancing for more than 30 years. From noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, you'll find her leading belly dancing classes for women with cancer at Blake Medical Center, 2010 59th St. W., Suite 3400, Bradenton.
Belly dancing enhances complexions, boosts energy and creates flexibility, said Tahja. But most of all for women with cancer, belly dancing helps them reconnect with their bodies, she said.
Everyone goes at her own pace and movements are gentle. Tahja recommends that women wear comfortable clothing for the class that makes them feel pretty. No age restrictions -- she's taught grandmothers how to belly dance.
The classes are free and drop-ins are welcome. For information, call 888-350-3552.
Benefits of acupuncture for stroke victims lecture
SARASOTA -- Acupuncturist Bruce Benner will talk about how acupuncture can help patients who are recovering from stroke in a talk at 2 p.m. June 27 at the Kobernick Anchin retirement complex, 1951 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota.
Benner is the director of the externship program at HealthSouth rehabilitation center in Sarasota that brings acupuncture students from the East West College of Natural Medicine to work with stroke patients.
Acupuncture can help stroke patients regain function more quickly, said Benner. At HealthSouth, it is integrated with physical therapy and occupational therapy.
In Chinese medicine, acupuncture opens up blocked meridians to allow energy to flow freely. It has been shown to cause neurochemical reactions, said Benner.
Acupuncture is particularly effective for facial droop that can occur in stroke patients, he said.
The talk is free. For information, call 941-377-0781.
Susan Hemmingway, Herald health correspondent, can be reached at email@example.com.