I am really enjoying yoga class and I'm glad went back, but it's a little shocking how much flexibility I've lost. I know - what a surprise that sitting in front of a computer for 12+ hours a day for several years whilst ageing at the same time should have made me so unbendy!
The nice thing about plunging into a class with a lot of advanced students is that it's taken away any trace of competitiveness that I might have brought to my yoga practice. There's no way I can even think about doing some of the advanced poses right now, so I can just pay attention to what my body is capable of at each moment and do whatever seems best.
I can already see my upper body muscles becoming more noticeable and I've definitely dropped a little excess weight. For the most part, I've stopped noticing my appearance in the mirrors during class and now I'm only concentrating on whether or not I'm positioned correctly.
I don't expect to get back to my early-30s yoga proficiency for a while, but it's nice to notice some immediate progress. Plus, the strength, endurance, flexibility and breathing control will really come in handy when my band finally starts performing!