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Natural Awakenings Naples and Fort Myers

Letter from Publisher: Around Town

Whether you’re visiting Southwest Florida for the week or season or live here year-round, we’re happy to say this is the place to be. Everything is juiced up in the winter months, and along with the crowds, we’re blessed with abundant opportunities to enjoy the good life. Luckily, we have three yoga festivals over the next month to help us chill out in-between trying to do everything else. That’s my plan!

As a co-sponsor for the Yoga Festival Naples on March 4 at the North Collier Regional Park, I’ll be at our Natural Awakenings booth, on a yoga mat or enjoying healthy food, live music, activities and friends. I hope to see you there.

On March 10, we travel to the annual Marco Yoga Fest and wrap up with a beautiful Tigertail Beach sunset afterwards. If you’re not a yoga fan, try out tai chi, meditation and other tools to bring more of the Om vibe into play in your life. I highly recommend it.

Our office staff can’t wait to bring our mats to join 500 yogis on the front lawn of The Naples Beach Hotel in early April with the renowned Rodney Yee and his wife, Colleen. Come be inspired to age as gracefully as they are. Natural Awakenings is a happy co-sponsor of this annual YogaCAN event benefitting the Cancer Alliance of Naples.

Eating right has everything to do with a healthy vibe, and the SpellLife Women’s Wellness Summit on The Power of Food will host national and local speakers here in April to help us step it up. See page 21.

Millions of people worldwide benefitted from the simple, yet powerful wisdom found in Don Miguel Ruiz’s book The Four Agreements. Vigilant practice of any of these principles can prove a powerful tool for transformation. I know them by heart from activating them when I most needed them, and the benefits continue to resonate in my life: Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Always do your best. You’ll find the details of his Mastery of Love workshop on April 7 in a special local appearance with his sons.

If you are ready to step it up or reboot your life even more this month, you have the right resource in your hands. Check out our 2018 Healthy Dining Guide. Plus, we’re celebrating the world’s healthiest ethnic cuisines with recipes.

As always, we list many pages of calendar events in both Lee and Collier counties with art and dance classes, free concerts, climate change workshops, songwriter gatherings, storytelling performances and more.

Amidst the flurry of activities, remember to do what yogis do: Take a deep breath and release it slowly…often…and bring your attention to the present moment. Life happens one breath at a time. Don’t miss it.


Sharon Bruckman