Off the Beaten Path

My plan for Saturday was to get up at 5 am, eat a light breakfast and arrive and the W&OD trail in Ashburn at 6 am to run 6 to 8 miles.

I awoke at 5:37 am but did not get out of bed til 5:55 am. After putting in my contacts I went downstairs had a banana, juice, and vitamins. By the time I headed out it was 6:15 am. As I backed the car out of the garage I realized I left my road id and watch in the house. Yes I was a bit scatter brained.

As I headed out a revised plan came to mind. Rather than head to Ashburn I would start in Leesburg at Harrison Rd. By the time I parked, got my gear I changed the plan with my first step. No running on the W&OD today. Time to run the roads of Leesburg.

The first 1/2 mile was mostly up hill to Tuscaroa Mill, an area with many small shops, restaurants, a yoga studio, and the start line of many races in Leesburg. Turning up Loudon street, all uphill, I came the center of town. My run took me down Loudoun street, Dry Mill road around Loudoun County HS, down Catocin to. Old Waterford rd at the entrance of the Va Tech Equine center back through Leesburg to my original start point.

Not the photog like my friend DebRuns the sites were many I had not experienced before though we have lived here for 6 yearrs. Fire stations, churches, subdivisions, scents,many sounds. And of course the local triathlon shop Transition Triathlon and bike shop Bicycle Outfitters.

After my run I was dripping wet from the humidity including my new Mizuno Paradox from Potomac River Running.

I finished with a light yoga practice at the Raflo park pavilion, a little park that many users of the trail stop by for a potty stop, water or enjoy some shade before proceeding along their way.

Most Saturday runs are all typically on the WOD starting from Ashburn.  The change of pace and routine going off the beaten path has set this Saturday one I will to forget

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How to deal with Burden

The yoke for an ox is not the same for every ox. The ox’s shoulders are measured and the yoke fitted so the burden of carving the soil is light not heavy.

Such are our burdens. They feel heavy, thick, and overbearing because our yoke is not fitted.

Breath is your yoke. Well fitted to lighten the burdens and make easy work of the releasing the thick weight on the spirit.

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Yoga Compliments Work Life


My “profession” is as a price analyst and continuous improvement leader in the business world. My passion is YOGA, and triathlons.
So how do these compliment each other?

In the business world everything can and should be improved. And every person and situation starts at a different level of need and complexity

The same is true for Yoga. Every person comes to yoga for different reasons and all start at a different place in their life and practice. They are creating and opportunity to improve their life. In some way as a yoga teacher I have the joy of helping them.
As #JonnyKest guides our Lifepower program that we make connections not corrections my role as a yoga teacher is really as a coach. The seven guidelines of making connections:
Set the environment
Clear and simple directions
Breath and movement
Guide students to their edge
Soften around the edge
Present Studies and Benefits
Moments of Silence

are important in teaching yoga as they are in coaching an improvement project at work

When I start practicing yoga it was to reduce injury and gain flexibility. Now I have found my work life compliments my yogic life and my yogic life compliments my work life.



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There are times when my thoughts, worries, or just thinking gets in the way, I recall the words of Jonny Kest, Owner of the Center for Yoga in Michigan to “get out of you own way.”

When we encounter a situation or a roadblock it is more oftent that we overthink, over do, or get stuck by our own constraints of the mind. If we let go of the attachment to the situation, we can focus the mind beyond solutioning to a mind of resolving.

In a passage from Running with the Mind of Meditation by Sakyong Mipham it is said
“Mindfulness brings contentment and satisfaction. We need nothing but what we have, like a tiger preening. The tiger is very present. When we are very present, we project more health and power. We feel mentally at ease: quite simply we are happier…”

So staying mindful in all we do can bring peace, harmony, health, and resolve.

What are some things you do to stay mindful?
Do you meditate, pray, or find quiet throughout your day?

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Welcome to my blog

Red Rock Canyon Warrior 2Welcome to my first blog post.

As we close out 2013 and begin a new year, in retrospect it was a very good 2013 with many blessings and gifts bestowed.
! Completed Yoga Teacher Training and started teaching
! Completed my 20th Triathlon
! Completed my 7th Army 10 Miler
! Vacation in New Orleans
! Birth of 3rd great niece
! Found a renewed spiritual strength with my family

Always keeping in mind we are the tenants of his earth and the keepers of the light.

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