When considering New Year’s Resolutions, consider Yoga. January is a popular time to make resolutions about health, such as losing weight, getting more physically fit, and eating better. Gym and studio memberships spike, athletic apparel companies, see increased sales, and our social media feeds are flooded with content about starting fresh.
Although the idea of a blank slate is filled with potential, let’s pause here and ask ourselves, do we throw out everything we did last year?
Didn’t we learn important lessons that contribute to our growth in our personal and professional lives?
Don’t we want to build on those lessons for continued betterment and evolution?
Becoming "Good" At Yoga
Resolutions are usually about trying to improve, but we don’t usually say that we’re trying to get better at yoga. That implies we are bad at yoga, and there’s no such thing. The beauty of yoga is that you realize that none of that matters once you’re in class. Those are ego concerns, and yoga helps balance our egos with the rest of our world. Instead, getting better at yoga is about building on our already established foundation.
Developing a practice is a personal journey that is fluid and constantly changing. Although flexibility and strength are two benefits of regular yoga practice, those traditionally physical standards of measurement are not the only way to deepen our practice.
Some Practices Will Be Better Than Be Better Than Others
The great thing about yoga is it is a humbling experience. We might show up to class because we know we should be there, but we’re not honestly present in the moment. However, once the class is underway, there’s inevitably a transformation that we can’t help but notice and be grateful for. We relax our perceptions and expectations and join in the flow.
The best way to deepen our practice is to practice more. Some other ideas to consider to increase mindfulness include coming to class on a regular schedule and considering teacher training. Even if you never plan to teach, understanding the teachings will help expand your practice and your yogic lifestyle.
Yoga can be a tool to help us come back to ourselves. It is an opportunity to be in a safe space to relax. When we are of relaxed mind and body, we can pause. That pause is a chance for us to come into the present moment. In that peace, we can feel safe to look around and notice all the good in our lives.
Resolve To Breathe
This is one resolution we know we can most definitely keep!
Written By: Jane Laker
Photo Credit: Veronika Kovecses
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