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New Year: Reflection, Consistency & Yoga

Updated: May 16, 2023

The new year may signify new beginnings, a time to reset, reflect and renew. I personally don't believe in new year's resolution (studies have shown that approximately 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail) but I love the act of reflection, pausing to create space to examine our experiences, thoughts and actions. It can help transform our perspective through insight which may lead to a deeper understanding of ourselves and others.

Pre-Christmas our family unplugged, and we went off camping for 5 days. I had the opportunity to reflect and remembered that when times were difficult in 2022, time in nature - whether it was a bush walk, a short trip to the mountains, a stroll along the beach - helped me feel rested, balanced but more importantly it made me appreciate the beauty around me. So, I'll keep immersing myself in nature this year. Of course, my daily yoga practice has always been an anchor. 15+ years of practice has helped me fall in love with life over and over again.

If yoga is something that you'd like to have more in your life, a simple thing to do would be to commit to at least 1 class a week (not 2 or more, start with 1).

Lock in that time just for you, commit to it just like you would if you were attending a meeting for work. Consistency is key. Consistency over intensity paves the way for change. Some yoga students have shared their wonderful stories, and as a teacher, I feel and see the shift when I observe people practice.

You don't have to make big declarations or resolutions this year if it's not for you. You can simply start where you are:

· Embrace rest. Rest isn’t only about getting enough sleep. Think about the kind of rest you need and what can help you refuel. For me, creative and emotional rest are important which means yoga and time in nature is super helpful. I encourage you to watch Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith as she shares the 7 types of rest.

· Create space to reflect. Here are few helpful questions to guide you - what you'd like to feel more of in 2023 (joy, fun, balanced, calm), when do you feel most calm/happiest, is there anything that you'd like to do less of, check in with your inner voice/critic. Journal, meditate, chat to a loved one about your reflections. Your yoga practice can be your special time off for reflection too.

· Take it one day at a time. We've just started the year and it could already feel like you're in a mad dash to do it all. Stay as present and grounded as best you can, not asking too much of yourself or neglecting your own needs.

My word for 2023 is “Trust”. I’m realising that self-trust is much needed in order to stay true to myself. It isn’t about being right or having all the answers. It’s having the conviction that we can be kind and respectful to ourselves regardless of the outcome of our efforts. I shared more about the gift of non-clinging in our recent blog on Letting Go/Aparigraha. Do you have a word that resonates strongly with you this year?

I wish you well in 2023 and beyond. I look forward to seeing you in our practice space in Pymble or online/Livestream very soon. Happy New Year!

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