I hope this email finds you well, while in the midst of this NYC heat wave. Last month when I was in Montana, even guests and workers at the ranch were discussing the brutally hot summer that NYC is experiencing. (It was nice to know they care about us! J) If you are like me, you may find yourself getting more “hot and bothered” by things that normally wouldn’t be so bothersome. I find that I tend to be less patient and more irritable as I go through my day, enduring what feels like subway platforms in purgatory and sidewalks so hot I can feel my toes burning in my sandals! So, to help me “cool off” both in body and mind, I have been slowing down – adjusting my schedule to include slower walks in the park (thank you, Central Park, for the cooling comfort of your beautiful trees); drinking coconut water (if you can find a place to pop a straw into a young coconut for you, it’s heavenly); and adding more quiet time for contemplation and meditation. If we can find ways to be flexible and adapt our lifestyle choices in response to nature’s extremes, we can then always find our own inner balance and harmony – and that is the true definition of yoga.