Namaste–literal meaning, “let there be a salutation to you.” Tonight I went to a beginner’s yoga class with a friend.  It was my first experience at a true yoga studio and I felt the presence of yogi-ness in the air. 

This week has not been as much about running as it has been about living a more balanced and purposed life.  Yoga is one form of exercise to get there.  As we did sun salutations and warrior poses, every part of my body–toes to fingertips–came alive.  My body lengthened.  

I have been saying for a long time that I should do yoga or pilates, so this is the year I plan to give it a whirl at a better rate than one class a year.  Yoga will improve my flexibility, strength and posture.  All are things to help make me a stronger runner and athlete in general.  Relaxation too is in the cards for me because I often forget to just sit still; yoga will be my outlet for letting go of the day. 

I’ll be ready for my next class filled with deep, slow breathing and savasana pose to help me relax and release tension from the real world outside.

About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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