So many of us set New Year’s Resolutions with pure intentions to fulfill our fullest potential and embark on our greatest year. Yet, so many of us fall short by our own definition and end up feeling farther away from the person who long to realize. If your deepest intention this year is to resolve to a consistent, rewarding and positive yoga practice these tips will help your resolution stick.
Test the waters
There as many different kinds of yoga as there are people. I like to use this equation – types of yoga are like types of cuisine + yoga teachers are like different restaurants in that food type. One bad sushi restaurant shouldn’t spoil your love for California rolls! So, test the waters. Try yoga at different studios, with different teachers, in different towns, at home, with friends, at different times of the day. There is a perfect match for everyone out there – it just may take some time to find it!
Pen it in
Make appointments to spend time with you. Some days that may be a 5 minute meditation, a few minutes to work on a restorative or challenging yoga pose, and other days it may be an hour long yoga class at a yoga studio. Finding the room in your schedule can be challenging – but it’s necessary for your sanity. Like any other appointment, PEN IT IN.
Find reminders + then purpose
Sure, accountability and reward are powerful things, but eventually the motivation they bring dwindles and you need concrete reminders as to why you continue to practice yoga. A journal with weekly reflections on your increased energy, a quote about transformation that reminds you of your purpose and intention behind working towards changing your mind + body, and maybe even a person who can inspire you to continue on worthy road of self-work.
Kate Connell is a local yoga teacher who infuses her teaching with energy, humor, and real life inspiration. Her zest for life is contagious and her message is clear: yoga helps you life a fuller, more passionate life.
If doing yoga is on your list of must-do's for 2013 check out one of her beginner group classes or Yoga 101 workshops. Visit her website for more information: www.kateconnellyoga.com.