New Year’s Resolutions from the Desk of a Yoga Teacher

I generally like the idea of New Year’s resolutions.  The older I get the more I embrace this time at the end of the year and the beginning of the new one to take stock of where I’ve been and where I’m going.  Now I know some of you may be thinking that my list of resolutions is all about posture goals, teaching goals, and how to eat cleaner and become increasingly flexible and strong.  What else would you expect from a yoga teacher?

You might be surprised that my list this year has nothing to do with any of that.  Resolutions for me are not about everyday goals of being the best you you can be.  That’s a given.  As I often say, everyone is always doing the best they can and few people drawn to a regular yoga practice are lacking in goals. Resolutions instead are about acknowledging where we may not be getting it right in life.  Once acknowledged, you can take the steps to get better in a way that will enhance the life you are already living and become more authentically you.  So, I thought I’d share some of my goals for the year, or years, ahead – however long it takes…

  1. Get rid of the word, “should.” In my opinion, this word needs to be stricken from everyone’s vocabulary.  I should be doing this.  I should look like that.  They should be acting this way.  My yoga practice should be better at this point. Why?  Life is evolving at it’s own pace.  Enjoy what you are doing in the moment.  Enjoy what you look like now – you are uniquely you!  People have their own motives and goals, let them be.  Your yoga practice is what it is.  If you can find a way to deepen it, then do it, but enjoy where you are right now.  A year from now you will have come so much further on your journey and you’ll look back on this time, proud of how far you have come.
  2. Be kinder to myself. I push myself to my limits everyday.  I’m running from one thing to the next, trying to prove that I’m worthy…of what?  What the heck am I racing around for?  Someday I know I’ll look around and wonder why I didn’t take an extra day off, relax for a bit, and spend extra time with friends and family.  We are constantly creating the life we are living.  Create what you love.
  3. Allow things to change. I love what I do and the people in my life right now, but I also know that things cannot stay the same forever.  I could try and fight off change and become stressed and fearful of the road ahead, or I can get excited about the journey unfolding.  Who knows what might happen next?  We always have a choice in how we deal with the challenge of change.  Enjoy your life right now, but be open to the gifts that life changes can bring you.  Something you might view as negative could be the greatest catalyst to bring you closer to the life you’ve been dreaming of and working for – embrace it all!

What are some of your resolutions this year VFTP Readers?  I’d love to hear what your 2016 has in store!

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3 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions from the Desk of a Yoga Teacher

  1. My resolutions for 2016 are quite simple – to practice as much Bikram Yoga as possible and complete yoga teacher training. I’m already registered for one hot yoga teacher training starting on 2/24. The second one will be for Bikram Yoga in the Fall. I took a total of 123 Bikram Yoga classes in 2015. For 2016, I’d like to double the number of classes I took in 2015. That means taking 246 Bikram Yoga classes or at least 5 classes each week. 2016 will be the year of Bikram Yoga for me. I’m really excited to dive even deeper into my practice in 2016! This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.

  2. Tori, you don’t know how “12-Step” your goals are. We always say, “Don’t SHOULD on yourself
    ‘ and change what you can and accept the rest. Love you

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