Happy New Year!
I hope you had a wonderful holiday and are ready to start creating an amazing 2017.
As we begin the new year, it is a great time to start envisioning what we want our year to look like and setting out a plan for taking action.
Often times, the tendency at the start of a new year is to run out of the gates full speed ahead determined to make that change we have been wanting. However, right now we are still in the cold and dark of winter, so it’s best to move slowly and steadily. Seeing what it is we want and adding practices or actions that support that vision in small, sustainable stages is the most likely road to success.
Vinyasa Krama means to place in a special way in appropriate stages. When we take a yoga class, we don’t start with the deepest, most intense pose first. There’s a reason for that. We could injure ourselves which will only keep us from moving forward in our practice. We have to work our way up. We warm up slowly, opening the necessary parts of our body and as we do, we shift the focus from the external to the internal which prepares us for the deeper opening and level of intensity we are approaching. It requires more focus, more presence, and a calmer breath.
Somehow in life, we tend to skip this logical progression. We try and jump to the hardest part of whatever it is we are trying to create as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, when we approach our goals this way, it usually doesn’t work out that well.
We do great for a about 3-4 weeks but because the change is too drastic, we cannot sustain that level of intensity so we fall back. The key is to add new things one at a time, slowly, beginning with the most easy which allows our body, mind and spirit to get used to the difference. Then we have a much better chance of maintaining that change. Before we know it, we have reached our goal and we no longer have to apply so much effort. Then we can add something new. And so on and so on…
There is so much I want to do and create but in order to sustain the change and be better prepared for the intensity of life that lies ahead, one of my mantras for the year is “slow and steady wins the race.”
If you love yoga and it’s philosophy and would like to learn more, you might be interested in taking our 50 Hour Deepen Your Yoga Immersion starting in just over 2 weeks with me, Bekah and Nicole! It’s a chance to dive deep into your practice and understanding of yoga without having to commit to 200 hours of Teacher Training (which you can certainly decide to do after the Immersion if you want!) Find out more here!
We also have so many other wonderful things coming up, so please check it all out here!
I am excited for a wonderful year with all of you as we practice and grow together, creating the life we want…slowly and steadily!
With infinite love and gratitude…