One of the things I love about Madison, Wisconsin is all of the green areas in the city to explore. Last week I decided to bike over to Olbrich Garden to do a yoga session in the rose garden for an ultimate mind-detox. If you ever wonder what you should do about your stress or worry, forget therapy or expensive chocolate, go to a garden and get some fresh air.

And who says that you have to leave the city to get an out-of-the-world experience? At Olbrich it almost felt like I went on a quick getaway to Thailand. There were elephant and dragon statues scattered throughout the park and the colors coming from the garden were so vivid that I had to pinch myself and remember that I was still in non-tropical weather.

Olbrich also has a Thai Pavilion that was a gift from the Thai government and the Thai Chapter of the university here. When I visited, people were practicing tai chi at sundown and meditating – and I was awkwardly taking their photos during the whole session.

photos by Pretty Talk

I am possibly thinking about starting a new column called Local Encounters featuring cool local places to explore around the city, what do you think? - Pati


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  1. Posted 09.17.2012 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Wow that place looks amazing! I’ve been to Madison numerous times and never heard of this place! This is definitely the place to go to for a mind detox. wow.

    ** I love your blog by the way, have I told you that? :)

  2. Posted 09.22.2012 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Your pictures look absolutely amazing! Man! I totally wanna go to that garden and practice yoga! What a dream! I’ve only been to Phuket in Thailand and rode on elephants! hehe.. It was amazing! :)

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