My Yoga Is…

After 13 blissful work-free days, I reluctantly rolled out of bed this morning and headed into school. It is still largely empty while students & teachers wrap up the rest of their holiday break, and I have to say it was heavenly. Taking a note from Depeche Mode, I enjoyed the silence while zen-ifying my office with some of my favorite Christmas gifts from friends and family.

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I was out of the office early enough to get in a run before the sun started to set, officially (finally) initiating my Publix Georgia Half Marathon training! I headed to the Silver Comet Trail and decided to mix things up by starting at a different trail head than usual.

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As evident by the above picture, it was not the prettiest of days, and this route had more stoplights and intersections than my usual SC run; nevertheless, I enjoyed the change of scenery. Running the same route quickly gets torturous and monotonous these days. Plus, I don’t know what it is about bridges, but I always feel the need to go all out when I pass over them.

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After a little over 4 miles, I headed to the yoga studio to stretch it all out and hang in the hammock for a bit. My lower half was talking to me tonight – hello, tight hips & hammies.

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One of the instructors, Lisa (check out her blog at A Charmed Yogi!), painted this awesome sign for the studio where everyone can write what yoga means to them. What a great idea, right?

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I really had to put some thought into what my yoga is. When I started practicing, it was for purely vain reasons; I wanted my body to look like one of those yoga girls. Now it’s what I consider my “me” time; time after a busy or stressful week where I can zone out with my own thoughts and give my muscles some TLC.

What is your yoga?

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