Welcome to a New Year ! The circle of 2012 is complete and we have now moved into a new twist in the ever moving spiral of our lives. As always, a new year heralds a time of reflection on past choices, belief systems and experiences both positive and negative. This reflection often results in the formulation of resolutions with the aim being to facilitate changes in ones’ life. In the event that these resolutions relate to your practice of Yoga let me share a few thoughts.
- List your expectations and decide which of them are valuable and realistic – a half an hour Sadhana spent fully “present” is far more achievable and of greater value than a full hour where your thoughts and intentions are elsewhere.
- Don’t be afraid of imperfection in your Yoga. We cannot all be a Ana Forrest or Seane Corn for that matter. Remember to work with the body that you have today – you may have been able to execute and hold a perfect Vrkasana yesterday but, after a night spent getting up to fretful children your body just cannot do the whole balance thing today and that’s ok.
- Have faith in yourself and your capabilities.
- Keep your practice flexible. Be open to new styles of practice and teachings.
- Yoga does not end the minute you leave the confines of a studio and hit rush hour traffic. Resolve to “Live Yoga”. Instead of elevating ones blood pressure to unhealthy levels whilst sitting in said traffic try a few rounds of diaphragmatic breathing first.
- Most of all look forward to this New Year with an open heart and mind.
May 2013 bring all of you enough of what you need and may your life be filled with meaning and purpose.