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March 22, 2011

Most people wouldn’t describe me as particularly fashion conscious, but I always had a soft spot in my heart for quirky, folkloric leaning handbags. At the beginning of the 200hr training , I most sadly had to retire my flamboyant handmade African sack in favor of the unpleasant but ever practical book bag. I figured if I was going to spend all of those hours perfecting the integrity of my spine I’d better not throw it all away by carrying my weight asymmetrically, right?

Well, I had two packs to choose from, and being that I’m no longer 12 years old and I live in a major city where it perhaps isn’t desirable for everyone on the MTA to know my name via the cheesy monogram, I chose the somber grey Northface bag. I had found this bag on the street several years earlier, when I moved to NYC and didn’t have a fear of skeevies (aka bedbugs).  The bag served me well for the most of my 200 Hr training until I got drunk one snow night and initiated a tackling war with my friend’s husband. That was the end of that bag, and the beginning of me carrying my back pack from middle school. Now, this bag was mildly embarrassing to begin with as it had my name monogrammed on it and was complete with drawings and my personal tag line from that period of my life “your momma,” but that was nothing compared to the shame it brought after its zippers broke and I was forced to hold it together with safety pins.  Sad.

I am my parent’s daughter and thus frugal to the core, but I have to say, I committed to a new bag and I’m SO EXCITED I COULD PEE. Ok, maybe that is a bit of hyperbole…but seriously, check this out: it has a wet suit pouch and a cooler! I wish I were cool enough to be a surf chick, but since I’m not, I fully plan on making the wet suit pouch into a secret cavity to house nasty yoga clothes away from any other precious cargo! After a good Mysore practice in the morning I most certainly have some clothing that needs to be quarantined.

The last back pack that I purchased was purchased almost 14 years ago. They have come a long way folks, I look forward to carrying all sorts of yoga non-sense in my new bag…it comes tomorrow!

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