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Letter From Publisher

Jun 04, 2015 05:25PM ● By By Teona Wright

The longest day of the year, outdoor concerts, farmers’ markets and a myriad of warm weather pleasures. June propels us into the possibilities and promise of summertime. It’s a great time to focus on natural health and wellness that can touch all of our senses—everything we see, hear, smell and feel expands during this time of year.

Kim and I kicked off summer early by jumping into the powerful passion, joyful energy and loving connections at May’s 2015 Natural Awakenings Publishers’ Conference, in Marco Island, Florida. Meeting up with colleagues from around the United States—and Puerto Rico—sharing ideas and learning how to best serve our communities in supporting healthy lifestyles reinforced the commitment to our aligned mission and expanded our vision. The lineup of enlightened presenters and three days of creative collaboration created an atmosphere of endless opportunities.

One of our good friends and mentors, Master Life and Business Coach Mary Lynn Ziemer, founder of Living a Joyful Life, was a keynote speaker and received tremendous response to her transformational message. She shared research and concepts supporting the premise, “Change your thoughts, change your world,” exploring how taking inspired actions each day enables a more sustained level of personal happiness and calm energy to envelope us. Continual small actions that allow us to stay positive in the present moment add up. Examples of these that we love to practice include gratitude, journaling, meditation, exercise and random acts of kindness.

It’s all part of a more holistic approach to life that ranges from eating whole food nutrition to realizing a broader sense of community. We focused on Women’s Wellness last month, so now it’s the guys’ turn. While our contributors helped me better understand some aspects that distinguish the genders, we also know that when it comes to the universal basics of how to best take care of ourselves, everyone’s more alike than we may think.

Local articles shed additional light. Dr. Luke Gafken, with Indy’s Chiropractic Neurology Center, addresses a prevalent plague that’s becoming a functional medicine hot-button topic in his article, “Inflammation and Declining Health.”

Yoga provides another complementary approach to health and well-being to such an extent that June 21 now marks the first United Nations International Day of Yoga. In our Fit Body department article, “Yoga for the Bros,” Meredith Montgomery documents the reasons behind the growing interest in this practice by U.S. men. Several local yogis provide their perspective.

Serendipitously, June 21 also marks the summer solstice, celebrated in special events around town including Monumental Yoga on Monument Circle. Everyone is welcome to join in this free downtown event, which features a flowing yoga class, live music and a yoga village. Our Calendar and Event Spotlight have details on the city’s summer solstice yoga celebrations.

As we look forward to making the most of these glorious summer days, I hope you find many moments of possibilities, pleasure and inspiration!

Happy summering,

Teona Wright, Publisher

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