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Bathing with Friends in Sarasota, Why Not!?

| Jodi Schwarzenbach |

When life’s stresses leave you feeling depleted and searching for peace and calm, consider immersing yourself in a sound bath. Sound baths by Petra Ratner – Blest Yoga & Wellness. Aligning with the full moon’s mystical powers and the healing properties of musical vibrations equates to a relaxing evening whose impact carries on blissfully throughout the next week.  Bathing with friends could become the new normal. For me, once will not be enough and I feel the power of the next full moon pulling me back to this activity again.

Looking for a novel way to unwind on a Saturday was the impetus for us to seek out an activity like this. A tough work week and teenagers in the home were that extra push we needed to step outside our comfort zones and try something new.  We had the pleasure of speaking with Petra Ratner of Blest Yoga months earlier so the seed had been planted. As time went on, the idea of a tranquil sound bath had been brewing in the back of my brain.  Booking the event online was a breeze, and at a meager $35 for 60 minutes of relaxation, we were ready to partake. 


With yoga mats and pillows in hand we arrived at our beautiful sound bath destination, Sarasota’s Art Avenue.  International High-End Art Gallery in Sarasota Florida (  We found a comfortable spot amongst the beautiful art and twinkling lights overhead.  Though a perfect location for quiet reflection, Petra offers sound baths in different tranquil spots around Sarasota, also.  For this experience we settled into Petra’s soothing voice guiding us into a journey of relaxing, letting go, and allowing soft lyrical sounds to enlighten us with the power of musical vibrations. Our small group all felt very peacefully euphoric after the sound bath. It is truly something you have to experience for yourself.  Here’s an explanation from Petra herself taken from the website: A Sound Bath is an acoustic sound healing journey that relaxes the body, clears the subconscious, calms the mind, and activates your body’s natural healing systems. An experienced RYT-500 yoga teacher and sound healer, Petra Ratner has performed healing sound baths for over a thousand people in Sarasota County at such venues as The Bay Park Conservancy, The Ringling Museum,  Pineapple Yoga Studio, the Art Avenue Gallery and more.

Bring a blanket and pillow and create your most comfortable space then lie down and let the cosmic vibrations wash away stress and all that no longer serves you. We use a wide variety of ancient sound healing instruments, including planetary tuned gongs, crystal singing bowls, Tibetan bowls, and more to create a sound healing experience that will vibrate and activate every cell in your body, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. A chamber of healing vibrations is created to help you revitalize the mind, body, and spirit, leaving you feeling amazing. Sound healing is so effective because it influences our emotional bodies as well as our physical bodies.

To book your Sound Bath with Petra today, visit Blest Yoga & Wellness – Yoga, Essential Oils, and Wellness with Petra Ratner.  You won’t be disappointed in the unique experience of a sound bath. 

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