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Letter from the Publisher

Twenty years ago, my niece Morgan was born. When she was 11, Natural Awakenings of South Central PA was launched. As the magazine is now in its ninth year, Morgan is starting her junior year at Penn State-Harrisburg, majoring in civil engineering and determined to build bridges; not just run-of-the-mill bridges, but extraordinary and architecturally beautiful bridges. Her passion and goal is metaphorically ripe with possibilities for a brighter future.

As much as my niece’s aspirations give me hope for a better tomorrow, they also give me pause as a reminder of just how quickly time passes. The years used to go by quickly. Now the benchmark of time’s passage is referenced in decades.

As they pass, I continue to rely on several cornerstones of a healthy lifestyle that help me maintain vitality and cope with aging-related stressors. In addition to a healthy, local and mostly organic diet, most of my personal health-care/preventive maintenance budget is allotted to a variety of regular bodywork, yoga classes and chiropractic care.

Marlaina Donato scores a double entry in this issue. In the feature article, she explains how fortifying the nervous system through massage, acupuncture, craniosacral therapy and reflexology is critical to combating age-accelerating stress hormones like cortisol. In our Fit Body department, Donato discusses how yoga’s contribution to mind-body fitness is proving to be a reliable defense against age-related loss of mobility, cardiovascular disease and depression. We’re also pleased to have a host of local contributors weighing in on both subjects.

Whether you’re an experienced, novice, beginner or aspiring yogini/yogi, or a health-conscious individual, you will be well-served to attend one or both days of the inaugural Central PA Yoga Love Festival at Amethyst Retreat Center on September 28 and 29. A compelling lineup of local, national and internationally renowned presenters and speakers will provide something for everyone at this eco-friendly event, including yoga, holistic health, inspirational speakers, farmers, health foods, music and more. See ad, page 26 of the September issue.

I’m excited to have Morgan living and going to school in South Central PA for the next two years. It will allow us to see each other more often and spend time together exploring the local, healthy and organic eating establishments for her to highlight on her food blog, #MorgansMunchees on Instagram.

Enjoy this issue and until next month, remember to feel good, live simply and laugh more!


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