Last Sunday, I attended a Managing Stress Through Yoga workshop at LeeLaa Yoga. It was very well attended and the instructor, Becky Krebs, was great! Since stress is my middle name, this was workshop was much needed. The practice of yoga and meditation has been proven to help with stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure, increase immunity, help with phobias and chronic illness, etc. Here's a good article from the Mayo Clinic re: the health benefits. Yoga and meditation, which I'm working toward making a part of each and every day makes me feel more centered and more in control. I highly recommend it for everyone! A deep breath is highly underrated!
After the workshop, Andy and I went to The Dayton Art Institute to Oktoberfest. There was a large crowd. We spotted several people wearing beer stein hats and the atmosphere was alcohol enhanced festive. There were three tents of craft vendors and lots of food and drink. We caught a piece of the Dayton Jazz Ensemble and they were great! We really enjoyed going through the art museum. They have some beautiful and extraordinary items - glass, paintings (Monet, Hooper, Wyeth, etc.), furniture, sculpture, etc. I was fascinated my the eastern pieces representing Buddhism. So OLD! Amazing craftsmanship.
I love the cool mornings we've had lately. I love seeing the steam rise from our pond and the nearby lake when I cross the dam. It feels like I'm driving through the clouds. So pretty. I took these pictures this morning. The one of the sunrise (see it just peeping over out of the clouds over the trees?) is of the lake side. The other photo is of the gorge side. That side was thick with fog. So thick, I couldn't make out the trees and couldn't see the bottom.
Crossing this area almost on a daily basis never ceases to amaze me. Stormy, windy, still, green, colorful, white, snowy, icy, etc.
It's a little reality check in my day.