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Want to unwind? Try tai chi, yoga or meditation at one of several local churches.

PIPER CASTILLO | Times (2009)

Want to unwind? Try tai chi, yoga or meditation at one of several local churches.

Musicians and longtime Unity Church members Ralph and Marilyn Harper will perform with the "Old Time Music" band from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Unity Church of Clearwater, 2465 Nursery Road.

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Enjoy light summer luncheon refreshments in the Unity Cafe during the musical event.

An offering of $15 per person, $20 per couple or $25 for family groups of three is suggested. Call (727) 531-0992 for more information.

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Yoga, tai chi and meditation have been used for centuries to bring about spiritual clarity and inner peace. As a side benefit, these practices may also help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, improve fitness and increase the ability to manage chronic conditions.

Several local churches offer an insight into these physical, mental and spiritual practices through classes offered to the public.

Bhante Dammawansha, a Sri Lankan monk, provides a sitting meditation at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in the parsonage of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs, 230 Grand Blvd.

Participants are asked to sign in at each sitting. (Providing an email address at the first session is helpful in case of cancellation or to receive reminders as well as information about topics for discussion after meditation.)

For more information, call the church at (727) 937-4682.

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Becky Johnson facilitates a yoga class that incorporates meditation and Unity principles for relaxation at 7 p.m. Thursday at Unity of Palm Harbor, 1960 Tampa Road. For details call (727) 784-7911.

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Join Sabina for Amrit yoga from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the Patio Room at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 639 Edgewater Drive, Dunedin. Cost is $5. For more information, call (727) 733-4125 or email

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Instructor David Yee will guide participants through a series of mild, flowing movements that help connect mind and body during a tai chi class at 6 p.m. Thursday behind Peace Cottage at Unity Church of Clearwater, 2465 Nursery Road. Responsible giving guidelines apply, but no one will be turned away for an inability to pay. Call (727) 531-0992.

Send religion news to Nova Beall at Tampa Bay Times, 1130 Cleveland St., Clearwater, FL 33755; fax to (727) 445-4119; or email

Religion briefs 06/18/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 1:45pm]
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