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Natural Awakenings of Greater Ann Arbor & Detroit / Wayne County Michigan

Turn Back Time

Changing seasons often inspire us to change up our life in new ways. The long summer days are shortening, so immerse yourself in autumn skies, as this is a favorable time to reconnect with the small voice in your heart. Time has a way of marching on and leaving no one behind—but taking positive steps now to improve your own health will help ensure that you will enjoy your future.

          As we breeze into fall, vitality is the watchword for recharging batteries. Marlaina Donato offers a comprehensive guide to ward off inflammation and premature cell death in “Age-Defying Bodywork: How to Turn Back the Clock.” She explains how fortifying the nervous system through massage, acupuncture and reflexology is critical to combating age-accelerating stress hormones like cortisol—and has been embraced by the medical mainstream.

          We also celebrate National Yoga Month, with Donato’s take on “The Power of Yoga: Tapping into the Life Force.” Another potent stress-buster, yoga’s contribution to mind-body fitness is proving to be a reliable defense against age-related loss of mobility, cardiovascular disease and depression.

          The mind-body connection is also at the forefront of writer April Thompson’s “Ayurvedic Cooking: Ancient System Restores Balance.” Here, in one of the world’s oldest healthy living systems, food is medicine; the menu is seasonal and local, and timing and preparation are critical to rebalancing health. Its timeless wisdom is as relevant now as it was then, and reveals the keys to being happier and healthier among the mounting stresses of today’s modern world.

          We hope month’s editorial lineup empowers you to expand your knowledge, ignite your own inner wisdom and gracefully grow, staying forever young at heart the natural way.

Embrace the last of these warm days with joy!

Trina and John