So, remember when I spoke about my 2017 goals and how I was keeping them private? Well, there’s one I’m now happy to share because I recently put the wheels in motion: Become a yogi! All thanks to the beginner’s class at Casa Yoga Milano.
So, there’s a bit of a backstory. Yoga was always something I wanted to practice. I’m not trying to sound like a martyr, but it was pretty impossible for me to ever do in New York. Fitting in a run was hard enough..how was I supposed to fit yoga into an unbalanced work-life balance? So, yoga eventually became a pipe dream.
Living in Milan, I definitely have the work-life balance I always dreamed of and running has once again become a part of my routine. However, I needed to build strength. Yes, I’ve belonged to gyms in the past but I’m not into those cardio machines or weight lifting. I like to be out hitting the pavement for exercise. But yoga had always intrigued me, and this year, thanks to a tarot card reading, I finally did something about it.
Casa Yoga Milano has an excellent eight-week beginner course so that you can learn yoga rope and get practicing. The first day of the course, our instructor Silvia asked us to tell her why in one word we’re doing the class and I said serenità, Italian for serenity. But there area few reasons I wanted to practice yoga:
- Balance: Both literal (those one leg standing poses are tough!) and internal/mental/emotional.
- Posture: I work to improve this every day and I hope it makes me at least seem graceful
- Strength: I just want to be strong! I want to be able to lift my own body weight.
- Flexibility: I’m not super flexible, and I want to be agile and limber and, kind of like with strength, I want to be able to do anything I can with my body that’s within my personal realm of capability. To help, I downloaded the Asana Rebel app and am planning to do their 17-minute flexibility workout a few times a week at home.
- Additionally, I started meditating this year (I have amethyst mala beads to prove it!), and I know yoga and meditation go hand-in-hand. (The Calm app has changed my life and I’m so thankful to my friend Bryce who recommended it to me.)
I knew I was going to enjoy yoga, but I had no idea I’d love it so much! Don’t get me wrong…it’s tough. Like really tough and I struggle (especially with bringing my foot forward between my hands when I’m in Downard Facing Dog!), but I’m so happy to be on this new path, a perfect supplement to running. I’m actually kind of obsessed and if I could go to yoga class every day, I would! Who knows, mayhaps one day I shall, but in the meantime, I’m aiming for two times a week: one weeknight and, if I’m in Milan on the weekend, Saturday morning. Kind of like running a marathon, yoga all about the baby steps. You don’t wake up one day and I wanna run a marathon just as you don’t wake up one day and say I’m going to do the wheel pose.
At the moment, I’ve been doing Vinyasa and Hatha Flow classes, but I can’t wait to experiment with the other class genres. At times I want to kick myself for not having started to practice yoga ten years ago (think of how strong and flexible I’d be!) but I can’t change that. And as an old Chinese proverb says, “The best time to plant a tree was yesterday. The second best time is now.” So there ya go!
But honestly, I think about yoga a lot! I can’t wait to go to New York because that means Lulu Lemon, and I’m covering the towel, headband, vinyasa scarf and vinaysa wrap (as well as this neck warmer for running!). Their yoga socks are amazing, too, and I won’t even get started on the yoga attire but I will say that kinda want it all! I’ve already been scoping out yoga studios in the neighborhood I’ll be in. 🙂
If you’re in Milan interested in learning yoga, I strongly recommend the beginner course at Casa Yoga. It was just 150 euro for eight classes, each 1 hour and 15 minutes long; you can rent a mat for 1 euro per class, or purchase one like I did. (I go big or go home, or as the Italians would say, “Se hai fatto Trenta, fai trentuno.“) The next session kicks off 17 January, and you can read about it and enroll here.
Alternatively, if you’re not a beginner and looking for a great place to practice yoga in Milan, Casa Yoga offers a trial packet for 20 euro, which includes two classes, mat rental for the two classes and annual membership. It doesn’t get much better than that.