I’m not really one for making resolutions for the new year, but when it comes to my yoga practice, there are definitely some goals that I’d like to keep working towards and some new ones. The new year seems like the perfect time to get my thoughts in order and think more about how I’d like my practice to evolve in the next 12 months. These are my seven yoga resolutions that might resonate with others:
1. Buy a new yoga mat. I have mixed feelings about bringing another mat into my practice, mainly because I feel so bonded to my current and only yoga mat. It has seen me through hundreds of hours of hot and sweaty yoga practices. That being said, I find my hands slipping every now and again in downward dog and I’d like to invest in something a bit “stickier.” I’m looking at two different mats: Lululemon’s Namastay Mat and Manduka’s grp yoga mat; both are made extra grippy for hot yoga practice. Manduka indicates its grp mat is it’s most innovative yet and Lululemon has given it’s Namastay mat extra grip at both ends to help with those slippy down dogs.
2. Try new classes. I have yoga classes that I attend routinely. Although I love the classes and instructors, I’d like to try classes with instructors I haven’t yet practiced with in order to broaden my practice. I’d like to try Slow Flow, Restorative, Yin Yoga and Deep Stretch.
3. Attend more workshops. One thing that Flow is really good at is offering a variety of workshops and special events multiple times a year. I’ve already signed up for Marcia Hoffhein’s Making Shift Happen workshop on January 12. I’m also considering Courtney Silverthorn’s Advanced Yoga Student Practicum starting March 9. Then there’s Chris Oemler’s Mindfulness, Meditation, and Self-Study workshop at the end of March and so many more to choose from. Check out Flow’s event schedule for all the descriptions.
4. Develop a home yoga practice. Although I prefer to practice in the studio and among my fellow yogis, there are those times when I just can’t make it to class because of time constraints, obligations, and, just life. So far, I haven’t been really good about practicing at home, mainly because there are so many distractions. I think it’s important to develop a practice that can be done anywhere. First and foremost, a yoga playlist is crucial in getting myself in the mindset to practice. My yoga playlist even has a few of the same songs I’ve heard in class. And, of course, there’s always yoga classes available online. Alo Moves offers thousands of yoga classes for a monthly subscription fee or I can always try free online classes like Yoga with Adriene and many, many more.
5. Work on my handstand and full splits. I realize that being able to do a handstand and getting myself into a full split is going to be a journey. That journey may take more than a year. I just know that staying comfortable is not the answer and not where I want to ultimately be. This year, I’ll be pushing myself that extra 1⁄2 or 1⁄4 inch in splits whenever I can and taking baby steps to learn how to do a handstand.
6. Setting intentions at the beginning of every practice. I’ve gotten away from making sure to set an intention before practice. Sometimes I do, and sometimes I don’t. I find that setting intentions can really help me to stay mindful during practice and even adds a meditative quality to my practice.
7. Consider taking Flow’s yoga teacher training. It may be this year or maybe in two years, but at some point I’d like to see myself having completed Flow’s 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training. Not so much because I’d like to be a teacher, but more because I’d like to learn as much as possible about my practice. And who better to do that with than our amazing, warm, funny, experienced and all around fantastic teachers at Flow? I have friends in the current YTT class and all I have heard is wonderful things and everyone looks like they’re having so much fun together!
Those are my seven yoga resolutions for the new year right now. Although the list may grow and change, one thing is for certain, I’ll be pushing forward this year.