If you’ve spent even one year making and then breaking resolutions, try a kinder, gentler approach this year by setting intentions. The same intentions you hold in your heart for an
hour-long yoga class can be expanded to help you focus on the areas of your life that need your attention in the New Year.
Too often resolutions become another source of stress. We feel like we have failed when we are not able to cross “lose five pounds” and “quit smoking” off our list. What if, instead, we honor ourselves by setting an intention, a promise to ourselves, to lead a healthier lifestyle?
The emphasis shifts, from a results-oriented end game to surrendering to a process of change and growth. A spirit of surrender and acceptance is a very different thing from the desire for a fixed outcome. Intentions provide a guide for living, rather than a checklist to be met.
Yoga teaches us to strive to be present for each moment, but resolutions take us out of the moment by shifting our focus to the future where we hope to be x-pounds lighter or x-dollars wealthier. With intentions, we can still live mindfully by making a series of choices in line with what we hold in our hearts.
Try setting intentions and ditching the resolutions in 2015 to:
Deepen your practice and bring yoga into your everyday life
Focus on the present and ever-changing moment
Live mindfully and guilt-free by making authentic daily choices
Try something new, rather than the same tired resolutions
Learn more about setting intentions at a “Love Your Life! 2015 Intention Setting Mini-Retreat” at Valley Vinyasa on Jan. 10, 2015. More information is available at www.valleyvinyasa.com