This is my yoga now

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For weeks now, my left shoulder and left hip have been bothering me both on and off the mat.

The hip has been problematic for a few months – ever since I changedΒ studios and amped up my class frequency, actually – but the shoulder really kicked in during teacher training, when all the sloppily-done Chaturangas finally did me in.

I haven’t really practiced in a few weeks. That’s the most I’ve ever gone without yoga since I began to take regular classes a couple of years ago. I’ve been working with a Corrective Exercise Therapist (and she’s fantastic if you want a referral), and while the shoulder is getting better in spurts, I’m not making much progress with the hip (which by the way, got worse after my half marathon).

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Breaking free from my box

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It had been a while since I’d dug into an entire pint of Ben Jerry’s ice cream.

It used to be a daily habit, back when my son was still a baby and I still carried the signs of the 60 lbs I gained during my pregnancy.

I wish I could say my teacher training course had ended on a more positive note.

There were many high notes about the program, not the least of which was the quality of the people who went through the program with me. I made real connections with some of these wonderful souls, and I’ll never forget it.

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