Teacher certification. Collaborating. Misunderstandings. Severed connections.
A birthday at the top of a global pandemic. Lockdowns. Social Distancing. No work. New creative ideas.
Diagnoses. A surgery. New medications. Shadow work. Heartbreak. Therapy.
Brink of divorce. Losing friends. Death of family. New job. New friends. New opportunities. Reconnections.
Yoga. Self Care. Bodywork. Healing retreats. Back slides. Wellness events. Forgetting face masks in the car. Vaccine debates.
Car wreck. Whiplash. More drugs. More expenses. Long lines. Quick recovery.
Black lives. All lives. My life. Political parties. Conspiracies. Protests. Anxiety. Depression. Loneliness. Addictions. Agendas.
Existential crises. Venting sessions. Fear. Epiphanies. Growth. Gratitude.
Acceptance. Truth. Release. Love.
Although now a highly ridiculed phrase, I’m on my “New Year New Me” game. Truthfully, every day is a good time to start enhancing ourselves and setting goals towards our ideal life. However, there’s something special about this season that seems to motivate us. Each year is like a new chapter in our lives in which we get to start fresh with new goals. Unfortunately, many of us tend to fall off the wagon within a few months, weeks, even days. Some find it scoff-worthy; you may even come across comical memes about it online. I think it’s unfair to judge the lot who strive for change even though many of us run into regular life obstacles which, frankly, don’t care about our timelines. On the other hand, some of us simply get bored or overwhelmed with all the goals we’ve set in front of us. I’m certainly guilty myself. So, for 2018, I’m taking a new approach to reaching goals by encompassing them into my yoga practice.
On January 1st, I will begin building a Vinyasa flow that will grow every week. For those new to yoga, Vinyasa is a yoga practice that uses a continuous movement from one pose to another opposed to holding a single pose for an extended period of time – although these methods can be somewhat combined. I’m beginning with 3 asanas and will add a different pose every week accompanied by meditation and a written journal in which I will explain my practice of the 8 Limbs. I will also post a video of the flow on Instagram for visual feedback. The goal is to track my progress throughout the year to see how much I improve mentally, physically and spiritually by the end of 2018. Weekly additions will hopefully ward off boredom and because I choose my own poses and because I am only adding one a week, I will reframe from getting too overwhelmed.
The initial three poses are downward dog, child’s pose and frog pose. Feel free to join me in this challenge and share your progress on social media also. Remember that yoga is more than just poses and physical fitness; it’s a lifestyle! However, it is what you make it and the possibilities are endless. Happy New Year! Namaste.