I’ve dabbled in yoga for a long time. I remember going to community classes at a local church with my mom when I was in middle school — once a week we would join a group of mostly older ladies for an hour of beginner yoga instruction. Then mom and I started occasionally attending classes at a nearby yoga studio that was run by a husband and wife team. She taught yoga, he taught qigong, and they were undeniably the most calm and peaceful people I had ever met. I then transitioned to mostly home practice, taking a class here and there, but mostly doing yoga in my bedroom and dorm when I was in college. (I’ve shared some of my favorite home practice DVDs before — the favorites I shared then are still my favorites now, plus some Seane Corn.)
In my senior year of college, I finally got up the courage to try hot yoga. I had an art teacher in high school who swore by it, but I had always been a little worried about giving it a try. My cousin had found a hot yoga studio that she liked and I tried some classes with her, got hooked, and now it is totally my thing. (I wrote briefly about my first hot yoga experience a while ago. I should revisit the topic now that I’m not a newbie.)
As I’ve started attending hot yoga routinely, I have been making measurable progress in my poses! I know yoga isn’t all about getting a pose just right, but it feels good to finally be able to do something I couldn’t do before. Yoga poses are always a work in progress, and I’ve got plenty of work to do, but I’m excited about where I am now.
[standing leg, during dancer’s pose]