What happened to your New Year's resolution?

30th January 2018

What happened to your New Year's resolution?
I wonder if you've had set any New Year’s resolutions for 2018.  Many of us often do, but how many of us actually follow through?  If you have, I applaud you and wish you success.  Sadly, however, our resolutions often fall by the wayside.  We promise ourselves that we’re going to give up this or not do that.  We’re going to lose weight, not eat chocolate or give up alcohol - I’m sure you know the sort of thing.   
What our resolutions often have in common is that we’re usually focusing on not doing something!     By focusing on the negative before we even get started, it’s probably not very surprising that our resolutions don’t last very long!  In a way, we’re setting ourselves up to fail and that in itself is not very motivating.
In yoga, we set more manageable positive intentions.  Now is really an excellent time to set an intention to improve your health and wellbeing and to access the benefits that yoga can bring all of us in all aspects of our lives – physically and energetically, mentally and emotionally and spiritually.   Yoga can offer us a great deal, but, if we just want to start small and see how we feel, that’s absolutely fine. 
When you realise that your body feels stronger and more open, you have more energy and you’re feeling more resilient in yourself, you’ll be starting to let go of the tension that you carry around in your body and mind.  And that can only be good!   There’s a lot of stress around these days, but we’re all different: what may be stressful for me may be a walk in the park for you and vice versa of course.  However, most people have some level of stress in their lives that perhaps they’d rather not have, so finding ways to cope better is arguably good for everyone.  Yoga is great for helping us learn to relax and to deal differently with stressful situations in ways that suit us better. 
So, instead of setting a New Year’s resolution, perhaps you might like to consider a yogic intention.  It’s called a Sankalpa and it can, incidentally, can be set at any time, but now is an excellent time.  The idea is that we let go of the past and set a positive intention for our self, something we want.  Remember that it’s important that we state it in the positive.  We also want to allow our mind to go quiet, to let go of that chattering voice within which provides us with an endless and often unhelpful commentary as we move through our day.  If we open our hearts and listen to our intuition, we can all find that positive intention within us.  And, if we open our hearts to new possibilities, focus our minds, listen to our bodies, we can allow ourselves to be who we truly are.

Love & light

Sarah x
Sarah Swan, Dip FRYOG