I've been toying with formally adding some yoga into my fitness schedule for a while. I'm not a complete yoga noob, but so far I've only used DVDs in my own living room. This time, I'm interested in actually taking some classes and, if I enjoy the setting, keeping up with it as a regular part of my weekly fitness. Here's my reasoning (since I'm in a list-y mood today):
Above all, I want to make sure I'm doing it properly. I can follow along with the DVDs, but it's hard to know exactly what your body is doing. An instructor would be a great help.
I have a hard time talking myself into yoga. I enjoy it, and I always feel great after, but when I'm trying to find an hour of my weekend to do it it seems like it'll be the most boring thing in the world. Having an actual place or class to go to would help me get over that mental hump.
I could use the stress relief. I enjoy running and it calms me down, but with the way I've been battling stress and anxiety lately, I think yoga could help.
Right now my exercise routine is pretty cheap. Apart from new shoes a couple times a year, I just have to dress and hit the path. I'll have a little extra money freed up in the new year, so it would be nice to put it towards something fun (that doesn't involve eating).
I need to get out more. Most of my runs are solo, which is fine, but it would be nice to have somewhere specific to go that involves being out in public with other people. Weekends have been rough for me lately; If Nick is off, we spend the entire day running around trying to cram everything into our shared day off (which usually involves some form of eating out). If he's working, I hang around the house all day, watch TV and snack. I'm not a very social person, so I usually don't go out unless I have specific plans. I need to force myself to get out there and do something.
So, is there anything I should specifically look for in a yoga studio/class? Anything I should avoid? Hidden rules I should know about so I don't make an ass of myself?