Beauty From Ashes – Part 2

NATURES INCREDIBLE COMBACK

The worst fire in the history of the Santa Monica mountains left the landscape bare and black. Southern California lost 83% of cherished parkland and open space in the Woolsey fire. But perfectly timed rains were the ideal scenario for recovery. They revived the burned out wastelands and turned them into green colorful landscapes.

Fire helps seeds to germinate. This was one of the reasons an abundance of owls clover graced the Pentachaeta trail this Spring.

Golden fields of wildflowers carpeted the area adjacent to the Oak Forest community where over a dozen dwellings burned in the Woolsey fire.

Hiking along the Pentachaeta trail was magical.

When I returned to the trail later in May, wildflowers were still abounding, even after a couple of weeks of hot days.

The variety of different kinds wildflowers was amazing!

My sister and niece also get excited by nature’s artistry. Together, we witnessed the amazing transformation of the scorched hills.

FAREWELL TO SPRING

These late blooming Clarkia’s are aptly called, Farewell To Spring!

The Pentachaeta trail shares a trailhead with the Westlake Vista trail. That trail also had some lovely late spring wildflowers.

I saw only one lone grouping of wild sunflowers.

Painted Lady butterflies made an impressive showing.

The fire burned over the top of the Westlake Vista trail into Three Springs Park in my neighborhood. Thankfully, the fire was stopped at the perimeter. The burned hills in the park, gave birth to a magnificent field of Phacelia grandiflora.

Tall and spectacular, these purple beauties bloomed from May into June in Three Springs Park, Westlake Village.

I am grateful no homes were burned in my neighborhood. I’m also thankful for the rebirth of our open spaces after the horror of the November, California wildfires.

Have a blessed and joy-filled summer. ~ Linda

May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.– Numbers 6: 24-27 NLT

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International Yoga Day

Doing a split on a split rock in Greece

This month, I had the chance to practice yoga internationally in Greece. My friend, Robyn lives on the island of Ikaria. While I was visiting, she took me up to the Pezi region, the highest plateau on the island, to show me the incredible rock formations, practice yoga and take some photos. Today happens to be International Yoga Day, a perfect time to celebrate yoga and that special day we had together.

The scientific study of yoga demonstrates that mental and physical health are not just closely allied, but are essentially equivalent. The evidence is growing that yoga practice is a relatively low-risk, high-yield approach to improving overall health. – National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

Research on yoga and wellness

Studies have suggested that yoga benefits several aspects of wellness including: stress management, mental/emotional health, promoting healthy eating/activity habits, sleep, and balance. Yoga can reduce the impact of stress responses and increase relaxation response. Adding yoga stretching and breathing into a wellness routine may be an appealing way of controlling both anxiety and depression.

Yoga increases endurance and lowers blood pressure. It is now being included in many cardiac rehabilitation programs due to its cardiovascular and stress-relieving benefits. There is also evidence that doing yoga helps increase heart rate variability, an indicator of the body’s ability to respond to stress with more resilience.

Working on my split with a quad stretch in Ikaria, Greece

The fitness benefits of yoga are numerous. It’s a wonderful modality for improving back health and alleviating low back pain. Yoga also lubricates the joints and promotes strong, flexible muscles. These are all wonderful things I want to invite into my life. How about you?

Be sure to check with your doctor before starting a new fitness work out. 

Best in health, Linda

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. – Psalm 36:5

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