SWEAT Yoga Series on W Atlanta-Buckhead's rooftopIf you haven’t tried Buckhead’s SWEAT Yoga Series yet, now’s your chance! Join other yogis and Todd LaBerge of Atlanta Hot Yoga as you practice your downward dog poolside on the rooftop of the W Atlanta-Buckhead. This complimentary yoga class is offered every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. through October and ends with sips in the Living Room.

Details: WET Deck at W Atlanta – Buckhead, 3377 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA, www.watlantabuckhead.com/yoga

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Meteorologist Joanne Feldman from FOX 5 is here to give you her best advice about how to boost your mood.

Joanne Feldman FOX 5 Best AdviceWhat can trigger a bad mood? 

Our unusually soggy weather this summer and overcast skies can get a lot of people down. I’m a little unusually in that, as a meteorologist, I’m typically energized by forecasting and covering such weather. But even I find myself feeling lethargic and moody if the sun hasn’t been shining for a few days.

What is an easy way to elevate your mood?

Exercise! Running helps me clear my head. When I can’t do that, I never underestimate the power of good music to lift my mood.

What saying puts you in a better mood?

“Good things come to those who wait, but the best things come to those willing to work for them.”

Where do you go to improve your mood?

My favorite “rainy day” mood-booster is to head to a dance class at Dance 101.

When all else fails, where can you go for help?

Family and friends can be your best support group. For me, my husband is my sounding board and the one most likely to notice changes in my mood. However, if you suffer from true Seasonal Affective Disorder (also known as the “winter blues”), you should seek the advice of a physician who may suggest light therapy or medication.

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To avoid dry, flaky lips as the weather cools down, use one of these local lip scrubs from Sara Happ, Jane Iredale, or LUSH.

Local Lip Scrubs Jane Iredale Sara HappSara Happ uses essential oils in The Lip Scrub like vanilla bean, pink grapefruit, or creme brulee. Buy it locally at Maria Hecksher Salon, Fabu Face Spa, or online from Nordstrom. $24, www.sarahapp.com

Jane Iredale’s option is the Sugar & Butter Lip Exfoliator/Plumper. Organic brown sugar gently removes dry skin without using synthetic dyes or chemical preservatives. $25, www.janeiredale.com, Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa

LUSH offers fun lip scrubs such as Mint Julips, Bubble Gum, and Popcorn for a more affordable polish at only $9.95. LUSH at Lenox Mall, www.lushusa.com


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Life coach Laura Kronen from Be You Only Better is here to give you her best advice about how to boost your mood.

Laura Kronen Be You Only Better Atlanta Life CoachWhat can trigger a bad mood? 

Everyone gets cranky from time to time. The cause can be any number of things: stress, lack of sleep, an unexpected event, or a bigger, underlying issue that affects how we react to everyday snafus.

What is an easy way to elevate your mood?

People tend to blame bad moods on someone or something else, but nothing can
make you feel a certain way. You can simply choose to feel differently. It works!

What saying puts you in a better mood?

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”

Where do you go to improve your mood?

It depends on how I feel. If I’m frustrated, I hit the tennis court. If I am overwhelmed, Pure Barre Atlanta is my happy place.

When all else fails, where can you go for help?

A life coach can be a powerful asset to help you face fears, get focused, boost confidence, improve relationships, and establish goals. Additionally, learning skills to handle stress, adversities, and other life challenges is a key component to the process.

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Best Self Atlanta's Healthy Living Expo 2013At the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk on September 12, Best Self is hosting our free annual Healthy Living Expo. This is your one-stop shop for fitness, health, and wellness resources. Under our tent we have 40 tables representing local businesses, products, doctors, and fitness experts.

The Expo starts at 4 p.m. Make sure you arrive early enough to the KP Run/Walk to swing by every table–you’ll see everything from skincare, personal training, and adult education to chiropractic services, surfing workouts (on land!), and juicing. You’ll want time to look at it all!

In addition to the tables, a new addition to the 2013 Healthy Living Expo is the Expo Stage. On this stage, there will be workout demonstrations, prize giveaways, fashion shows, and lots more interactive activities.

Don’t miss the Healthy Living Expo when you’re at Turner Field for the KP Run/Walk. It’s a great opportunity to see a huge variety of helpful Atlanta resources all in one spot, and you can talk to them face to face. Take advantage of this event and get the information you need to be your best self! We’ll see you there!

Read more about the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk here, and get inspired to set even higher goals here!

Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and Best Self Atlanta Magazine

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Juicy Jenny Levinson Vegetable JuiceSouper Jenny owner Jenny Levinson is expanding beyond soups, sandwiches and salads. This month, try the new Juicy Jenny Community Juice Bar & Superfood Emporium. Come learn how to incorporate delicious, naturally low-sugar juices into your lifestyle. Featured offering include smoothies, house-made protein bars, plus take-out options. The store is located just steps away from the flagship restaurant, Souper Jenny.

Details: 56 E. Andrews Dr., Atlanta, GA, www.followingjenny.com

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Each month, Best Self publisher Sherri Adair shares her favorite places, people and events from around Atlanta. Here are her picks for the month of September:

Savi Provisions Wine Tasting Room

Savi Provisions is a locally sourced, grocer-curated liquor shop as well as a neighborhood alternative to supermarkets. Their new wine tasting room is perfect for small events and a great way to sample some of their many wine selections and chef-prepared food.

Details: Savi Provisions Buckhead, 3655 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, GA, (404) 523-2300. www.saviprovisions.com

Savi Provisions Buckhead Atlanta Wine TastingMad Mats

I discovered these unique, colorful mats on a recent trip to the beach. These eco-friendly mats are mold and mildew resistant and made from recycled polypropylene, making them perfect for outdoor use. Starting at $51.

Details: www.madmats.com

Block Letter Initial NecklaceLouise Loirette Block Letter Necklace Atlanta Jewelry

I ordered 10 of these for holiday gifts. They are perfect for moms, daughters and girlfriends. These delicate, yet elegant initial necklaces are made by local business Louise Loirette Jewelry. Choose from one letter or stack several for your own unique look. $25

Details: www.louiseloirette.com

Exuma Pants by Boca Leche

I love these pants. They come in a variety of great patterns and colors. They are very comfortable, and you can dress them up or down depending on where you’re headed. $38

Details: www.bocaleche.com

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Orangetheory Fitness, New Atlanta GymStarting in September, Orangetheory Fitness is bringing group fitness to Atlanta in a whole new way. This one-hour workout can burn up to 900 calories thanks to the intervals of treadmill training, indoor rowing, and weight lifting all designed to send your heart rate into a target zone for maximum energy and metabolic boost. Set to music and led by a qualified personal trainer, Orangetheory Fitness might be just what your body needs.

Details: Orangetheory Fitness, 857 Collier Road, Ste. 15, Atlanta, GA, www.orangetheoryfitness.com

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Renee Kutner from Peace by Piece Organizing is here to give you her best advice on how to find more free time in your day.

Renee-Kutner-Peace-by-Piece-Organizing-best-advice-august-2013What is the best strategy for making the most of the time you have each day?
Create a time map that blocks out time for each day and then remain flexible to handle the unexpected by intentionally swapping things around if warranted.

What is one way to gain an extra hour in the day?
Identify the tasks that suck away your time and then commit to only doing those for a certain amount of time. Also, identify your high and low energy periods and schedule your day accordingly.

What is a mistake people make when planning their day?
Checking your email before you’ve planned your day.

How can people make more free time in their week?
When making your time map, schedule free time first, and then figure out how to fit in your work. If you find that is impossible, you need to start looking at ways to get some stuff off your plate.

What is the biggest time waster?
The biggest time waster is whatever you spend your time doing where you can’t control yourself to do it within self imposed limits that still enable you to do everything else you need to do.

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Josh Johnston, OD, from Georgia Eye Partners answers a reader’s question about eye health:

Q: My eyes get dry, irritate, and occasionally they itch and burn. They seem to be getting worse as I get older. I use over-the-counter eye drops to help, but I’m finding myself using them all the time now. Is something going on with my eyes?

A: For some, these types of symptoms can be temporary, but those with Chronic Dry Eye Disease (CDE) may find symptoms worsen over time. Dry eye, which also causes blurred vision and tearing, is a very common eye problem affecting an estimated 25 million people in the U.S. Over-the-counter drops don’t treat underlying inflammation that causes CDE. There are better therapeutics for treating CDE like Restasis, which is a prescription medication proven to increase tear production.

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