Happy New Year my friend!
I am going to go back to basics by breaking down the core poses so we start 2019 on the right foot. If you are new to yoga, this will help you avoid bad habits. If you are experienced, this might be a good reminder, especially as it’s normal to come out of party season a little less steady on our feet! Focus on your breath, find focus, and all will come.
I hope you enjoy this (I will work on my camera skills!). There’s more coming so please let me know what you want more of…I want to be useful and helpful.
2019… The realisation that we’re in the final year of the decade still throws me off a little. Nevertheless, and arbitrary though it is, I still get excited about turning a new page and thinking about all we’re going to do this year.
Do you have any resolutions? Do they fill you with excitement or is it just same old, same old with the sense today’s good intentions will get lost in life in a couple of weeks?
Here are two quick tips that have helped me hit goals:
1. Think small and specific rather than big and vague.
Committing to running 10k per week beats committing to running a 10k race sometime before 2020. Break it down. A year is a long time and among other things it makes it easy to fall into the trap of thinking, oh ‘I’ll catch up next week’.
On that note, if yoga is going to be a focus for you this year I would say for most people it is better to have a goal of practicing at least one hour every week than it is to have a goal to be able to walk around on your hands in 6 months time, for example.
2. Stick or carrot – what do you respond better to?
I love a reward! Guilt-free indulgence because I know I have earned it and my daily habits give me decent wiggle room. It’s all about balance!
Or, if you’re a masochist, a punishment structure. This is not my thing but I once knew someone in sales who slept on the floor if she missed a target. Madness. Apparently it worked for her though.
The point is, know what’s going to get you to that yoga class after work when you’re tired and just want to get home. You know you won’t regret it afterwards, you just need to get there in the first place!