As Natural Awakenings celebrates its 25-year anniversary, it continues to evolve, yet we will always imagine our readers relaxing, disconnected from distraction, embracing the pleasure of reading the magazine off-line. One of our greatest pleasures every year is connecting with our readers in person at our annual Holistic Health Expo on the Emerald Coast. For 2019, we’re moving the expo from the spring to the fall, September 6 and 7, so make sure to mark those dates on your calendar. We’ll see you there!
Why do the holidays have that effect on so many of us? Is it the potent gratification of bringing joy to others, of knowing that we make a difference in their lives, or is it the purer joy of human connection?
Last week we visited the home of a friend whose neighborhood had suffered the wrath of Hurricane Michael’s Category 4 winds. A towering tree near a rear corner of his house had toppled, causing its giant root ball to push up through the floor inside and take up permanent residency in a back room. The scene inside was surreal, particularly because from the outside, the home looked unscathed. Right now, we feel a bit like that house: okay on the outside, but topsy-turvy on the inside.
Fall brings gradual change to our area. As the smoldering heat and humidity give way to cooler, dryer air, locals are enticed outdoors again.
It’s more than just an exercise for me; it’s a way to open up the constrictions of my body and my mind at the same time. I appreciate that yoga is not always about rules or organized movement, but more about a freedom of movement that honors my body’s needs at that moment.