One of the best things about living in San Francisco is that I can be in a completely different world in 20 minutes. So when a friend reached out to me that just moved back to San Francisco and wanted to hang out, I couldn’t help but suggest a quintessential San Francisco hike (and when I say ‘hike’ I mean strenuous walk). That was the very cleverly named “Land’s End” in between Ocean Beach and the beautiful SF neighborhood of Seacliff.

You can start out in the Sutro park which has some stairs as an entrance on 40th ave. and Balboa and just head north along the ocean. There are a few turns that lead you to the beach that require a few (a lot) of stairs, but it’s all worth it to me.

You can take this walk all the way to China Beach which is a little secluded landmark by some of San Francisco’s best real estate. The entire walk is a good 4.5 miles that smells like the ocean the whole time. It’s a good time to catch up with friends, get the blood moving and see the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge.

What are some of your favorite nature spots?

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So you’ve decided to become a yogi? Does that word make you cringe? Does it make you feel like you’re a try-hard that will never have a slender body. Look no further, you’ve found someone who can totally relate. Gen here to help set your expectations.

#1: You’re probably going to hate it

Yoga asks a lot from you. You’re supposed to breath with each sequence, know your sequences and know your poses but when you first walk in, you’re not going to know what utkatasana means. Advice! Tell the teacher this is your first class. No really – don’t be proud. If they’re a good teacher, they’ll make sure to explain the pose and focus on technique. Be cool. It’ll all be fine. It’ll feel so good once you get it!

#2: A cheap yoga mat from TJMaxx or Marshall’s is TOTALLY FINE

Don’t get shamed into investing in a $70 yoga mat before you know if will stick with yoga. Same goes for clothes. You’re going to sweat it in it so it doesn’t have to be a $90 outfit unless that’s what you truly want.

#3: They say it’s a personal practice, but you’re probably going to compare yourself to everyone else in the class for the first 8 months…

We’re all just people.

#4: It’s worth it

Stick with it. Eventually you’ll know what the hell the teacher is talking about, you’ll have the stamina to last through everything, and breathing will be second nature. The mindfulness of it all is really worth it.

How was your first yoga class?

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