A yogic “intention” is a wonderful way to create lasting, positive change. Instead of a resolution that may be self-judgmental, try for a fresh start in 2019 like this:
1. First – Pick one thing you would like to change in 2019. For example – let’s take the most common New Year’s resolution – losing weight.
(A typical New Year’s resolution might be – This is the year I’m finally going to lose those last 5 pounds! No gluten! 45 minutes a day on the treadmill!)
2. Instead – rephrase the resolution gently, in the positive, present tense, as if it’s already true. For example, “I love feeling healthy and fit,” or “I enjoy movement and stretching.”
3. Repeat the intention to yourself each morning. You can simple say it once, or you can incorporate it as a mantra in a longer meditation practice.
4. One day, with regular practice, you will realize that your intention has come true, and that you’re ready to move on to a new intention.
The power of intention isn’t magic, but it’s practical and it works. Like the regular practice of Yoga, it has the power to bring positive changes to your life.
Here’s to a peaceful, healthy 2019!
Relaxing in savasana is the favorite part of class for many students. But for some, it’s the most difficult part. Lie down, relax, boom, it just doesn’t happen for many people (just like sleep doesn’t always come when you want it!). A guided practice of Yoga Nidra (yoga sleep) is a wonderful way to train your body to relax. I always lead a short guided practice at the end of my classes, but lately have offered longer practice in certain classes.
I’ll guide you systematically through different parts of the body, and you will try to dispassionately observe the mind as well. “Observation with judgment is the highest form of spiritual practice” is one of my favorite guidelines from Swami Kripalu. You’ll notice without judging as you try a session of Yoga Nidra. You might fall asleep or you might trigger the relaxation response. Either way, you’ll enjoy some quality time with yourself.
Yoga Nidra is my favorite practice when done in its longer form. I’ll teach it in an upcoming class, but in the meantime, you can also do your own practice by using my recorded Yoga Nidra. It’s said that 20 minutes of Yoga Nidra equals 3 hours of sleep. Try it! All our YouTube videos are offered freely, so everyone can participate without cost.