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Natural Awakenings Indianapolis

Letter from Publisher

Sep 02, 2013 08:13PM

Kim and Teona celebrating at the 2012 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Finish Line Party

We have so much to celebrate each month in our vibrant city, all enhanced this month by Indy’s mix of surprisingly warm Indian Summer days and crisper September nights. Our current Calendar marks events we can all relate to: Kids are back in school. Studios honor National Yoga Month. Hundreds are walking for a cause. And citizens are celebrating our area’s creative culture with the Penrod Arts Fair, Fountain Square’s Art Squared, and Carmel International Arts Festival.

Natural Awakenings readers are engaged with other aspects of whole-life fitness as well, weaving inspiring exercise, natural nutrition and green solutions into families’ everyday lives. In this month’s feature article “Whole Being Workouts,” Lisa Marshall explores a new wave in fitness that fuses body/mind/spirit classics with cardio disciplines. It’s an effective combination that can lead to simultaneous feelings of energy and calmness and just some of the wealth of options we have to get our game on.

As my friends know, I tend toward a “steady as she goes” approach to exercise, mixing in a variety of sports and fitness programs. Some of my favorites include yoga, strength training, rebounding, biking and swimming. My co-publisher, Kim Miller, is more driven, one might even say fanatic, about pushing her body and opening her mind through a good run and long bike ride plus everything on my list. While she’s not into extreme sports, I’m proud that she has gathered medals from mini-marathons and even a triathlon.

Yoga is here to stay and Addison Demaree provides a helpful overview of the local yoga scene in our feature, “Yoga in Indianapolis: Something for Everybody.” Ironically, my introduction to yoga years ago came via a McDonald’s DVD as a freebie with purchase of their first fit and friendly menu items. It proved to be an early step in my ongoing nutrition and fitness journey. Would you believe that DVD now sells online at $34.99? I should have picked up more copies to share! I didn’t know then that practicing yoga would provide stress-relief, flexibility and strength that have transformed me into a full-fledged fan of the practice.

Others, like Kim, originally approach yoga with skepticism, not quite counting it as exercise. Once she began incorporating yoga workouts into her fitness routine, though, it became part of her way of life. Our spirits soar when we have the opportunity to attend special sessions overlooking the Pacific in southern California or a Yoga for Runners class in southwest Florida. I believe that finding your edge and listening to your body through yoga stretches your whole life experience, mind, body and spirit. If you haven’t already discovered the bliss of yoga, why not try it now?

I bet that you will discover a big smile in your heart through the gift of our Healthy Kids department article, “What Peace Means to Children.”  For more good news involving kids, Avery Mack’s “Schools Go Green” is a national roundup of great ideas shared by parents and teachers bringing healthy eco-friendly ideas to their schools. I invite you to turn the page and read on; this issue is bursting with goodies.

Teona Wright, Publisher
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