Yoga

Today was full and very pleasant.

Zander and I made our weekly visit to the local library this morning and brought home a bag full of new books to read, including several from the Llama Llama series. I really love that we can check out as many books as we like and keep them for up to three weeks.

Next, we had a play date at a friend’s house, where in addition to the company, we enjoyed delicious vegan pumpkin muffins fresh out of the oven. They were warm and full of luscious fresh cranberries, positively bursting with flavor.

For lunch we ate leftovers from last night’s dinner, which wound up also including a medley of steamed broccoli, carrots, and snap peas. Then Zander went down for his afternoon nap, and I tended to some long overdue paperwork.

After naptime, the whole family enjoyed a Christmas celebration at the San Juan Historical Museum. Zander and his friends were absolutely mesmerized by the winter wonderland train set and would have stood and stared for hours if we had let them. Instead, poor Zander had to come home and eat his dinner.

Dinner was very simple again tonight. I heated up a homemade Indian coconut milk curry full of potatoes, mushrooms, carrots, and kale (which I had pulled out of the freezer the night before to thaw in the refrigerator), mixed in some dahl to freshen it up, and cooked a big pot of brown basmati rice to go along with it. It was warm and comforting and satisfying, and there was enough left over to eat for tomorrow’s dinner, as well.

I had to really watch it on the portion control tonight, employing my “eat only what will fit into this bowl” technique and struggling not to go back for seconds or thirds. Fortunately, I did ultimately win this battle, so I feel proud.

But the best part of all about today was that tonight, after Zander’s bath and mandatory three bedtime stories read by his daddy, I kissed him goodnight, tucked him gently into bed, and pulled out my yoga mat for a wonderfully rejuvenating yoga practice. Each asana not only felt good physically, but was also like sitting down for a cup of coffee or tea with a dear old friend after a long absence. Even my cats seemed to enjoy this familiar former routine, and they quickly assumed their responsibilities of rubbing against my face and tickling my armpit while in various poses, especially adho mukha svanasana (downward-facing dog) and garbhasana (child’s pose).

It has been more than seven years since I maintained a daily yoga practice, and I realized tonight that I have truly missed it. I am looking forward to reuniting with this old friend on a more regular basis moving forward.

I’ll try to post something more useful tomorrow, such as a recipe or a craft project. But for tonight, I am signing out.

Namaste.

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About Kim McCoy

Kim McCoy is a passionate animal and environmental advocate with a B.S. in Business Administration from UT Knoxville and a J.D. specializing in Animal and Environmental Law. She graduated with honors from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she served as Editor in Chief of the internationally acclaimed Animal Law Review and interned with the National Center for Animal Law and the International Environmental Law Project. Kim is a member of MENSA (the “high IQ society”) and previously worked for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in a variety of roles, including Executive Director, Director of Campaigns, and Director of Legal Affairs. Kim is also the former Executive Director of the One World One Ocean Foundation and the proud mother of a healthy, thriving son who has been vegan since conception. Currently serving as Executive Director of Big Life Foundation, which protects wildlife and wild lands in Eastern Africa, Kim remains deeply committed to the defense of animals worldwide.
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