I was first exposed to yoga in college, I took pilates for a couple semesters and once when I missed a class I had to make it up by taking another class, so I ended up in a yoga class. I didn't take another yoga class for many years, but I remember liking it at the time. Back then I think I was probably a bit put off by the spirituality aspect included in yoga, so I was more comfortable in fitness-oriented pilates classes.
I'm definitely still a beginner, but I have been enjoying yoga's presence in my life. I'd like yoga to become as much a part of my life as climbing has. The two compliment one another nicely and I love that the culture of yogis and climbers is very similar. I'm hoping my climbing gym gets more yoga classes going, as it'd be nice to have all my favorite things in one place. Though, I have started looking around Tacoma for another yoga studio where I might start practicing. I'm still not very good at practicing at home, I much prefer the guidance of a class and teacher for the time being. I get too distracted when I try to practice at home, even with a video. I think once I get a better understanding of sequences and what poses compliment one another I'll be better at putting together my own personal yoga practice for home. However, I do love how being in a class pushes me. I know that, for instance, I work harder to stay in arm balances longer in classes, whereas at home I'm more prone to fall out of them. It's also nice to have a teacher present to correct bad alignment and to offer options for deepening a pose.
I'm just discovering what a cool community of yogis there is online and on instagram. So many inspiring people, it's fun learning new poses and tracking progress. A lot of these photos are taken from earlier this summer, and there was a photo of my crow pose in the set. I took another photo of crow just a couple weeks ago and I could see visible progress! Having photographic proof of progress is nice, especially for things like working out because the changes happen so slowly.