Fast-forward fourteen years later and I now finally realize what a wasted opportunity that was. Having yoga pre-scheduled into my life three days a week and the cost of class already paid for with tuition was an amazing gift that went right over my head. For the last few months, though, I've been feeling the pull to do yoga again not just as a means of exercise, but as part of an overall shift toward a more balanced lifestyle that focuses on building strength and flexibility -both physical and internal- in addition to mindful meditation and relaxation. Lucky for me there's a pretty great yoga studio walking-distance from my apartment with surprisingly affordable rates. I've started off with the goal of two classes per week but eventually I'd like to work my way up to practicing five days a week.
I think of myself as a newbie considering it's been fourteen years since even attempting a yoga pose and my gear is just as lacking as my experience. With the exception of a decade-old mat and the faded yoga pants that have become my "work from home" uniform, I don't really have that much gear to speak of. I'm lacking quite a few basics, especially if I intend to practice at home some days, so I definitely see some yoga-related purchases in my near future. Maybe I'll start with a pretty little yoga mat.
Have you ever tried yoga? Any tips or advice to share with a newbie like me?
PS - Linking up with Nicole today!