Stroga Yoga, Accidental Hiking, and Java Green!

Hello, hello! 2 days until Christmas?! How did that happen?

Fun day so far today — I met up with Heather this morning to check out Stroga yoga studio in Adams Morgan! I’ve been meaning to try this place for awhile now since a lot of you have recommended it. We hit up the 9:30 a.m. vinyasa flow class — 1 hour 15 minutes long.


Starbucks in one hand, yoga mat in the other. Could I be more yuppie?

Getting to the studio was a bit of a hot mess (the road I needed to take is closed one way until 9:30 a.m. on weekdays and I totally forgot about this… stupid DC road system), so I arrived 10 minutes late (the picture above is from after the yoga class), but was happy to find that the front desk guy was super nice and chill about it. Instead of a noisy door, they simply have a curtain closing the studio, so he said I could easily slip into the back of the room and just deal with paying later. Win! Isn’t the studio GORGEOUS?!



The yoga class was held in this amazing ballroom — pictures obviously taken after class was over. It was stunning. I loved the ceiling and all the light! Apparently they rent it out for events like weddings; I’m not surprised given how pretty it is.


It didn’t seem to fit that such a gorgeous space was right in the middle of all the seedy bars on the Adams Morgan strip, but for whatever reason, it is. I liked the class, too — a nice vinyasa flow. Nothing too hard, but not super slow or easy either. Good mix! There was some pilates thrown in there as well, which was nice. I give this studio two thumbs up, even with the fact that it’s kind of annoying to get to. I LOVED that they weren’t pretentious or snobby like some of the other studios in the DC area can be.

After yoga, I drove Heather back up to her neck of the woods (Cleveland Park) and we decided to wander around the area a bit since the weather was so nice. A mere few blocks away from the hustle and bustle of the metro and the main drag, we stumbled upon this super random nature trail — basically an offshoot of Rock Creek Park. Awesome!


Even though Heather was in ballet flats and I was in flip flops, we decided some exploration was in order. We ended up popping out of the woods and discovering this random gorgeous old estate — how cool!


Thanks for the fun morning, Heather! :)

Another fun outing I had earlier this week on Wednesday was meeting blog reader Lindsay for lunch at one of my favorites in the city, Java Green.


Lindsay and I have chatted back and forth on Twitter a bit so when she asked if I wanted to meet up, I was game. We had fun chatting about weddings (she’s also engaged), DC, and jobs. She works for KaBOOM!, which is a national nonprofit that creates playgrounds for children to try to keep them active — it’s an amazing organization and very much in line with many of the childhood obesity prevention programs we’ve talked about a lot at school, so I loved hearing more about it from her. I’m hoping to go help out at one of their events when I’m back in the DC area — we’ll see!


We both ordered the Jobche Noodle — my favorite — with the sweet “chicken” (soy protein). I’m not usually into fake meats but I really love this stuff. So good!




Plus green tea. :)


My mom and I are headed out to do one last Christmas shopping trip today. Hope you’re all enjoying your Fridays!


  1. 1

    That meal (and tea) look AMAZING. Yum, yum.

    Lindsay sounds awesome, what a cool organization she is involved with!!

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    Sounds like a great class! Yummy looking lunch :)

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    Funny to see my photo on your blog!! Great to meet you and i can’t wait to have you come out to a KaBOOM! project!!

  4. 4

    that meal looks delicious!! I love anything asian inspired!

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    that yoga studio looks AMAZING ! i would love to practice yoga there ! also, i am really obsessed with that cardigan your friend heather is wearing!! do you know where it’s from?? it looks so comfy and amazing!

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    Sounds like a good day! KaBOOM sounds like a great organization. :)

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    Anna Marie says:

    Kaboom sounds like an amazing organization! I am a new teacher and I want to be a healthy role model for my students by living an active, balanced lifestyle.

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    Very cool that Lindsey works for KaBoom — I helped build a palyground with them in New Orleans after Katrina.

    Do you happen to know where Heather got her grey top in that photo? It’s super cute!

    Glad you’re having a great break!

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    Psh, who needs the right type of shoes for finding Nature Centers and climbing over fallen trees? ;)

    Such a fun morning adventure!

    Happy Christmas Eve!

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    Gorgeous pics! I definitely have to check out Stroga. Love that part of Rock Creek Park, too. My hubby and I had a photoshoot at the Klingle estate for our fifth anniversary – free from a friend who is launching a photography business and needed portfolio filler. If you decide to do engagement pictures, that would be a great place!

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