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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

Embracing Change

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” ~Henry Miller

This month’s autumnal equinox signals another “turning of the wheel” and brings to life the momentum of changing perspectives and altered energy patterns for a new season of fresh intentions. It is the time of year when desire for adventure naturally leads me to new points of view, and fall’s arrival always beckons a deep yearning within me to simply explore. Do you share a motivation to transition along your journey, both inwardly and outwardly? How fortunate for us that our September edition is the perfect blend of wellness travel and our annual yoga issue; a winning combination, if you ask me!

As a Westchester native and current resident of Dutchess, I personally appreciate and take stock of the abundance of thriving wellness and retreat centers in our region. From Omega, in Rhinebeck, boasting 250 peaceful acres, to The Center at Mariandale’s sacred riverfront grounds, in Ossining, we truly are gifted with so many places locally to find inspiration and stillness. Added to that, the ample number of flourishing yoga studios offering classes, workshops, trainings, and single-day or weekend retreats, mean the possibilities for growth and enlightenment are endless. Surprisingly, many of these local studios and centers host extended journeys to exotic locations, offering inclusive services, as well.

Choosing to take time to allow your mind, body and spirit a deep dive into your own self-care is what a personal journey to wellness is intended to be. It can happen in a tropical, faraway place or even at home in your favorite chair. For some it will be a time of self-reflection, for others it means the freedom to relax, and still for a few more it will be a spiritual journey. Whether you mindfully set aside an hour, a day or a week or more, the definite result will be improved well-being. So, if you have been visualizing a way to unplug, I’m confident you’ll be pleasantly surprised at all you find in this issue.

Our feature story and a vast array of wellness travel ideas begin on page 22. We’ve created a special section showcasing the local yoga community starting on page 36 and it is chock full of exciting updates, studio profiles and more. For fun, try experimenting with a few of the Yoga for Health poses that local instructors share with us beginning on page 44. Personally, I tend to gravitate to Warrior 2 followed by Peaceful Warrior for a break during the workday or on the trail when I am enjoying time in nature.

Along the lines of movement and embracing the new, check out our Inspiration department article on page 20 called “Embrace the Winding Road,” by Marlaina Donato. It closes with this statement: “Honoring the sanctity of change is the key to fulfillment.” As I look to the future, I believe that says it all.

Yes, I am embracing change. With a sixty-fifth-year milestone approaching on my healthy horizon, I am excited to begin planning my retirement from publishing and eager to enjoy the next adventure in life with my love. I have felt honored and fulfilled in the role of publisher for Natural Awakenings magazine for the past 16 years, and it is time to seek a successor for the Westchester, Putnam & Dutchess edition to joyfully hand the baton to. Please contact me if you feel aligned with my passion for supporting the health and wellness of our local communities and are interested in purchasing this turn-key business.

Let’s embrace the unfolding of each day with gratitude and know that, no matter where the path may lead, it is all about enjoying the journey as much as reaching a destination.

Happy Trails,



Dana Boulanger, Publisher