And I knew he was right...Especially because he told me that when his daughter was in college and spent a year in France, she had gone from telling him during an urgent phone call that she understood no French after the 3-month mark, to relaxedly saying towards the end of the year that she spoke as fluently and confidently in French as in English!
And so, I will definitely keep the idea of staying in Rome for one year in mind. :) (And probably in France too, since French is my minor and the French language is one of many things I enjoy surrounding myself with...).
Committment is a big thing when it comes to, really, any type of situation. Whether it's going on a trip to Italy to learn about its art history, or deciding to take a yoga class after months of avoiding exercise (I admit I'm a sort of victim to that situation...), committment is key to getting far. When one begins to face the seemingly difficult things about trying to get to the finish line, such as noticing that you can't do the tree stance as well as you would like, all you can do is place those difficulties in the brightest light possible--in the light that convinces you that rather than hurting you, they will help you gain more confidence to get to where you want to go...So really, once you have taken the time and learned to master the tree stance, you will be one major step closer to being the true devoter to yoga that you wanted to be. :)
Committment means moving as far as you can without looking back; looking the obstacles daringly in the eye and telling them they will be overcome; and celebrating all the little and big accomplishments as you move along the path of long-term achievement and enhancement.