PS HOLD ME ACCOUNTABLE, please. Assuming I find a good studio that I feel comfortable in, I really want to stick with this. I’m not looking to become a full-fledged yogi or anything, I just have this gut feeling that this is really something I need to do. Both for my mind (just to shed a bit more stress and find more balance, figuratively) and body (to become stronger and more tangibly work on my posture).
So I don’t have the best track record of sticking with working out. I know myself better than to do make huge declarations about getting into any sort of regular fitness routine. But, with all that said, I think I’m actually going to be able to get back into yoga.
photo via Lululemon
Here’s where I’m coming from:
The thought of going to yoga classes kind of scares me a little bit. I think my biggest issue isn’t the actual yoga, it’s the showing up to a studio where I don’t know what to do. How early to show up, where to put my clothes, will everyone be in tiny shorts and a sports bra, where do I put my mat… and the questions go on and on.
One summer, I can’t remember which, during college, I got really into yoga and running. The running element took on a mind of its own (it wasn’t pretty), but I thoroughly enjoyed the yoga. I found a studio where I was relatively comfortable and enjoyed trying different classes. Loved them all. Even though my dance background is minimal, I am not inflexible. When I returned to school, I stopped because I was nervous about trying a new studio and wasn’t sure how to fit it into my class and crew schedule.
Fast forward to my trip to Caneel Bay… One of the girls who came on the trip is a yoga Instagrammer. Caitlin was doing all these cool (sometimes intimidating) moves. She was filming some videos on the beach one afternoon and I don’t know, I kind of thought, “I want to do that.” Not the splits– I doubt I could ever get back to that level of flexibility– but the stretching and the reaching. Something sparked in me!
Caitlin even recruited me to do a video with her. Full disclosure here: my abs were sore up until yesterday. Seriously difficult. I was laughing so hard because I thought I wasn’t going to be able to lift her up about halfway through the video. I might have to hold off on these kinds of moves for
ever a while, but I am anxious to get back into yoga classes on a regular basis.
I am trying out a studio in my neighborhood today and would love your feedback and opinions! Does anyone have tips for overcoming that gym/studio fear that sets in? Has anyone tried a yoga studio that they love in NYC or on the Upper East Side? Any must-have products? What kind of routine has worked out best for you?