The New Year is a time of transition, when we’re teetering on the verge of new opportunities and possibilities. Simultaneously, we’re experiencing the tail end of 365 days filled with defining, transformative moments, and the imprints of these experiences—be they gains, losses, successes, setbacks—can be most palpable when we reflect upon them this time of year. Luckily, our wellness practices and hobits can help us find our footing.
The awareness that we’re always in flux is heightened this time of year, so it’s important to keep coming back to that. Every new year is an opportunity to reflect upon who we are, what we experienced, and what we want to accomplish. Through reflection comes awareness, the foundation from which skillful action can arise.
Committing to our Yoga/Pilates, meditation, and mindfulness practices can both ground us and open us up to the new possibilities, allowing this time of transition to also be a time of transformation.
Why not celebrate this new year by trading in your tired (and probably familiar) resolutions for a sankalpa instead?A Sanskrit word, sankalpa means “will, purpose, or determination.” To make a sankalpa is to set an intention—it’s like a New Year’s resolution with a yogic twist. While a resolution often zeros in on a perceived negative aspect of ourselves (as in, “I want to lose weight, so no more munch cupcakes or salty caramel ice-cream”), a sankalpa explores what’s behind the thought or feeling (“I crave cup cakes or ice-cream when I’m feeling stressed or sad. I will set an intention to become conscious of this craving and allow my feelings to arise and pass, rather than fill up on fats”).
A sankalpa also praises the nobility of the effort rather than focusing on what you are doing wrong.
With a sankalpa, the self-loathing that comes from dwelling on past transgressions can begin to dissolve. In its place is an exercise in effort and surrender- —create an intention and open yourself to the universe.
Create a short sentence or phrase for your sankalpa. Be careful not to set limitations based on fear. For example, instead of “May life bring me only happiness and joy this year” consider “May I be happy and open to what life brings me.”
We want to give you the space to shed your old skin and set all you want in your life into motion.
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