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Letter from Publisher: Get Out and Go With the Flow

Sep 06, 2018 01:52AM

We have so much to celebrate each month in our vibrant city, and September tends to enhance it all with Indy’s mix of surprisingly warm Indian Summer days and crisper nights. In this edition, we highlight activities and events to get us out, get moving and do some good along the way.

Local studios honor National Yoga Month, encouraging our new or renewed participation. Hundreds are walking for a cause. We’re celebrating our area’s creative culture with the Penrod Arts Fair, and Carmel International Arts Festival. At month’s end, two popular events return to provide informative, fun, interactive experiences focused on healthy lifestyles—the TURN Fest and Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest.

A great way to go with the flow is through a regular yoga practice that encourages movement of your body and often moves your mind and spirit. Recognizing the many health benefits it offers, yoga is one of my favorite forms of self-care. Linking your breath to life force, affirming the light in your spirit and creating a flow of movement takes you directly from your yoga practice into your daily life.

The holistic art and practice of yoga, which has many styles, can strengthen, calm, restore and balance us. Some classes offer specific health-related applications, such as restorative yoga, while other classes now take you off the mat, including aerial, aqua and SUP yoga. Check out our Natural Awakenings special Yoga Glossary listing various yoga styles on page 14. If you haven’t already discovered the bliss of yoga, why not try it during National Yoga Month?

This is the month to get out and get moving for a special cause. There is a wide range of walks and running events to raise awareness and funds for worthy organizations, highlighted in Jenn Willhite’s local feature, “Steps of Support: September Offers Community Walk/Run Fundraisers.” I’ve participated in many such walks throughout the years, most frequently in support of breast cancer research, the most common cancer diagnosed in women.

There is a camaraderie and hope in walking with others who have a connection to the cause—be it from personal experience, a caregiver role to a family member or friend, or a desire to make a difference in the lives of others. I can raise my hand to all of these roles, and attest to the sense of empowerment and fulfillment that comes from participating in events that raise awareness, educate and support research that can lead to breakthroughs.

I encourage you to pursue activities that celebrate September’s beautiful opportunities to be in the flow of life. You’ll find plenty of information and resources in this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings to help get and keep you in the flow.

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Teona Write, Publisher

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