Featured Partner Transformation Magazine










Transformation Magazine

Our mission is to connect the personal growth and spiritually minded community within Florida’s Suncoast by providing inspirational and educational content and informational community resources. Transformation Magazine is written by the community, for the community, with articles written by authors who live in the Suncoast region.

Transformation Magazine is content-rich and real, focusing on topics that are relevant, in-depth, and oriented to personal development, holistic health, and spiritual growth.

Transformation Magazine is the only magazine in the Suncoast area providing articles that address your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual growth and health. The community resource pages provide an extensive list of events and services that are available in your community to help you along your individual journey and connect you to like-minded people.

Transformation is more than a magazine. There is an Awakening occurring and a shift that is taking place in our society and in each one of us. Transformation’s goals are to:

  • Bridge together the communities in the Suncoast area
  • Provide resources to individuals seeking to grow and transform
  • Give businesses a low-cost, targeted form of advertising
  • Provide articles that are informational and transformational
  • Create a movement – challenging each one of us to join together to transform our community through positive energy and conscious change

Transform With Us!

Transformation Magazine is distributed in all of the following Suncoast areas:

Counties: Sarasota County, Manatee County, Pinellas County, Lee County, and Hillsborough County

Towns: Anna Maria Island, Apollo Beach, Bradenton, Brandon, Cape Coral, Clearwater, Dunedin, Englewood, Ft. Myers, Gulfport, Homes Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Lakewood Ranch, Largo, Madeira Beach, Naples, New Port Richie, Palm Harbor, Pasadena, Pinellas Park, Safety Harbor, Sarasota, Seminole, Siesta Key, St Pete Beach, St Petersburg, Sun City Center, Tampa, Treasure Island, Venice, Wimauma and more!  Visit Transformation Magazine's home page for more info!

Featured Partner Sunken Gardens


Sunken Gardens

Sunken Gardens

1825 4th St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL  33704

An amazing botanical paradise in the midst of a bustling city. As St. Petersburg's oldest living museum, this 100 year old garden is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region.

Unwind as you stroll through meandering paths, lush with exotic plants from around the world. Explore cascading waterfalls, beautiful demonstration gardens, more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers.

Sunken Gardens provides garden tours, horticultural programs, special events, field trips, weddings, private and corporate rentals. Call 727.551.3102.


Featured Partner Awaken Yoga Center

Awaken Yoga Center is the HOSTING YOGA STUDIO SPONSOR of the Festival.

“At Awaken Yoga Center - Sunken Gardens,” we deliver yoga technologies that enable individuals to personally experience peace, health and vitality, and strengthen their relationship with God, the Divine or themselves," says Ram Gian, Awaken’s Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Instructor.

"The benefits of what we offer our practitioners are: practical and highly affordable instruction in enhancing physical, mental and spiritual well-being."

We offer Hatha - Vinyasa Flow and Kundalini Classes in the Gardens Monday thru Thursday 10:00 am to 11:30 am; Saturdays 11:00 am to 12:15 pm and Sundays noon to 1:15 pm.

Evening classes (with child care available - 24 hrs notice required, $8 per child per class) are also offered Monday and Wednesday evenings 6:00 to 7:15 pm. Visit the Awaken Yoga Center SITE for more information and to learn about "The Home of the $3 Yoga class!"  

awaken-logo2What is Awaken Yoga Center known for?

We are known for our spiritual ecumenism and universalism; our community service and our spiritual workshops, retreats and concerts for devotees of all faiths. We also offer two (2) Yoga Ministries through our Parent Company,, which is a division of DMC, Inc. a corporate entity that makes this work possible, and a Yoga Festival!


  • To learn more about our mission, please visit:
  • We conduct a Yoga Ministry for Terminally Ill Children (free of charge) at All Children’s Hospital and on an out-patient basis.
  • We conduct a Karma Kitchen Yoga Seva (selfless service) – a project of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma)-- helping feed the needy of Tampa Bay, in conjunction with UU St. Pete.
  • We are also the co-founders of the St Pete Yoga Festival with Sunken Gardens.



At Awaken Yoga Center - Sunken Gardens your first class is always FREE if you mention the website or one of our ads on Facebook, Google or were referred by a fellow student.  So, bring a friend and give us a try!

And don't worry, if it is RAINING we move to a beautiful space INSIDE!

If you'd like more information, think you'd enjoy a private class in the Gardens or elsewhere or just want to chat about one of our events or Yoga Ministries, please give us a call at (727) 954-4559 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

vand-combo-top3Pamela Dillon (Vandana)

Founder, Lead Yoga Teacher (Hatha) Awaken Yoga Centers of St. Petersburg at Sunken Gardens, IAM Meditation Teacher

Vandana – (Pamela Dillon) Although I have been practicing yoga since 1999 (Jivamukti, Integral, Bikram and Ashtanga) my spiritual journey really began in the fall of 2007. Inspired by Di Tyssen, founder of ADIAYA Yoga Sanctuary, during a weekend yoga workshop which included an introduction to the book Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda (a Yogi mainly responsible for bringing the ancient science of yoga to the Western World), I began my intense study of the philosophy of yoga.

My philosophy teacher, Dave Druz, became a mentor and a friend who supported me along my way, sharing in my new-found passion for the ancient science of yoga. Within weeks of completing the philosophy course I traveled to meet Mata Amritanandamayi, an Indian Master, known as the “hugging saint,” at one of her retreats in the U.S. Amma, (as she is known by her pupils), lives her life as an incomparable example of the nature of selfless, unconditional love. I was immediately taken with her and asked her to be my Guru/Spiritual Master.




James Dillon (Ram Gian)

Awaken Yoga Centers of St. Petersburg, Sunken Gardens - Kundalini Yoga Teacher (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) , Breathwalk Meditation Teacher; Founder:

Ram Gian, a life-long student of comparative religion and spirituality, is a Kundalini Yoga Instructor in the school of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan™ (from which he has received his spiritual teacher name, Ram Gian, which means: “He who embodies the wisdom of God, is the song of God and sings God’s praises.”).  

He has also received Self-Realization Fellowship training based on the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, through SRF in California; serves the congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Saint Petersburg as Chairman of the Worship Committee, and had, prior to his yogic training, received initiation and training in Transcendental Meditation™ as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.  

He attributes his spiritual awakening (a gradual and ongoing process!) to having explored ALL of these paths, then taking action.



Thank you.

Featured Partner Wings Bookstore

Wings…More Than a Bookstore!



"Amazing people creating
an amazing place  . . ."~Ram Gian
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Wings Bookstore at Unity Campus
4500 4th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL.

It is the goal of Wings Bookstore and Unity Campus (MAP) to provide a community gathering place that encourages individuals to embrace the reality of their unlimited potential, and to provide resources that nourish the body, mind and soul. Besides a wide selection of spiritual books, you will also find music CDs, jewelry, aromatherapy, a wonderful card department, Fair Trade and Feng Shui items, statuary from all cultures, incense, candles, and a gourmet coffee bar with inside/outside seating on the beautiful covered patio with free WiFi.

Wings offers a schedule of free activities, such as drumming circles,  talks & book signings by authors, and inspirational DVDs on Tuesday nights.

Classes in The Learning Center next door include yoga and deeksha. They also offer a wide variety of “After Hours” events designed to provide opportunities for spiritual connection and growth including: Angel Gatherings, Meditations, Energy Medicine, and more! A full listing of events can be found at


Mon & Thurs, 9 am to 7 pm
Tues & Wed, 9 am to 9:30 pm
Fri, Sat & Sun, 9 am to 5 pm                                           

Phone: (727) 522-6657



Festival Info

Embracing the World

Proceeds from this event benefit Embracing the World, an organization that exists to help alleviate the burden of the world's poor through helping to meet each of their five basic needs – food, shelter, education, healthcare and livelihood – wherever and whenever possible.

Contact us

Have questions? Want to see a yoga festival in your city? We would be happy to hear from you!

Call us at (727) 954-4559.

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