Summertime, Sunshine and Resilience for Life
June 2014 Newsletter
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The Summer Day

Mary Oliver's poems take my breath away with their simplicity and ability to strike to the heart of what matters. This one comes to mind as we head into the first days of summer:

Who made the world?

Who made the swan, and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper, I mean-

the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-

who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I don't know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?

Resting on Huayna Picchu, Peru 
Elevation 8,924'

New on The Resilience Blog:

A Gentler, Non-Weight Bearing Sun Salutation

For the past several months, quite a few clients have asked about an alternative to the weight-bearing poses typically found in Sun Salutation. Due to injuries or surgeries, they had been wisely advised to avoid poses like downward facing dog and plank until they healed.

One client was bereft that she was unable to do her morning routine. In such situations, its my job to find safe and effective alternatives.

I’m familiar with many versions of Sun Salutation and also the lovely alternative Moon Salutation. The challenge with many of the Moon Salutations is that they require extreme flexion in the knees – typically, a half-squat – when moving from side to side.

I now offer this version as a gentle alternative, which clients really enjoy...

Watch the video now on
The Resilience Blog!


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6 Tips for a Healthy Summer

I grew up a tomboy in Florida. Waterskiing, playing softball (batting clean-up, thank you very much!) and cracking open coconuts were regular activities in the hot sun. While moderate amounts of sun are key for Vitamin D and overall well-being, I'm very careful about extended exposure now. Here are my 6 top tips for healthy time outdoors this summer:
  1. Toss and recycle old containers of sunscreen, and make sure any new ones you buy have both UVA and UVB – a/k/a broad-spectrum – protection.  Choose sunscreens without parabens and phthalates. EWG’s latest sunscreen guide offers easy-to-understand safety ratings based on studies available in the open scientific literature. 

    If you drive frequently, be sure to apply sunscreen to your left arm before heading out (or keep it covered). A high percentage of skin cancers happen on this side, presumably from those who drive often with their window open.
  2. A long-time fan of hats, I have two go-to sources of stylish products with high SPF fabrics: Scala for hats and Coolibar for clothing, hats and accessories. Their products have the highest rated SPF: 50+. Go with these, and you can go a whole lot easier on the sunscreen.
  3. Summertime means outdoor grilling. If you grill meat, marinate it ahead of time to reduce the carcinogenic compounds produced under high-heat by up to 50%. Your best bets for marinade? Vegetable oils, citrus, vinegar, mustard, herbs and spices. Avoid sugars, as they tend to negate the healthy benefits of marinade. Want to go one better? Grill veggies. Studies show that they produce little to none of the cancer-causing chemicals that meat does.
  4. Prevent mosquito bites by forgoing perfumes and other floral fragrances that may attract them. Oil of lemon eucalyptus is a good non-toxic solution, as effective as low concentrations of DEET.
  5. Cover your lower legs and ankles when hiking in tick-prevalent areas. After outdoor activities, check any exposed skin. If you need to remove a tick, use fine-tipped tweezers to gently lift it away with a slow and steady motion.  Don’t try to twist it out, as the head of the tick can remain lodged in the skin.
  6. Hydration year-round is important to good health and digestion, but especially during the summer when we tend to sweat more. Because we benefit from water in many foods, rather than focusing on how many ounces you drink, pay attention instead to the color of your urine. It should be very light yellow or clear. If it’s dark, you know you need to drink more water.
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