Sep 03, 2013 07:49PM
September in Florida holds so many promises and rewards. The rewards, of course, are reaping the bounty of harvest from a strong summer growing season, both of produce and person. There’s something about summer at the beach – the water sports, the trail rides, the relaxing yet testing of our spirit and body. The promise is of a new season, an opportunity to seek and find ways to enhance and enrich our lives through movement, nutrition, a continued quest for spiritual fulfillment and an appreciation of the beauty of the changes around us.
This issue of Natural Awakenings celebrates many of those experiences and emotions. Teaching our body to respond to movement and spiritual powers is illustrated in several articles this month. Lisa Marshall’s Whole-being Workouts focuses on opening the door to the spirit. You’ll find our feature story on page 46. Sarah Todd gives us Deep-healing Yoga on page 52, with tips on releasing trauma and building resilience; and to keep us on track, Debra Melani offers tips on how to choose a good personal trainer on page 64. For more on yoga teacher training, don’t miss Ginny East’s excellent explanation of all of the effort that goes into becoming a certified yoga teacher, at both the 200 and 500 course levels. Her article is on page 54.
Also locally, Suzi Harkola, our editor, takes a look at the options available for capturing the sun as an energy source in Florida. Her interview with the folks at Solar Direct offers practical tips on when and how – and why – to save now. Read about it on page 66.
September 21 is the United Nations International Day of Global Peace. Kids are so intuitive about knowing what’s right and wrong. Their inspirational messages are a great way to enter a fall season with optimism. Read them on page 61.
Our pets aren’t exempt from the health wave, either. With approximately 50 percent of our nation’s cats and dogs overweight, their caretakers would be wise to begin an intensive program to cut down on calories and amp up the exercise. Read more about how to accomplish that in Dr. Shawn Messonnier’s article on fighting feline and canine fat on page 70.
As always, our News Briefs and Community Calendar highlight just a few of the myriad of activities happening in the Sarasota/Bradenton/Longboat Key and Anna Maria areas. Check out some of the new businesses, explore the sports, enlightenment and cultural opportunities, and enjoy the beauty of our neighborhoods during this glorious fall season in southwest Florida.
Get fit, stay happy, live green. That’s what Natural Awakenings is all about. We’re delighted to share the wealth of information in this issue with you.