Walking in to hot yoga this morning at 8am on a Sunday was the hardest and most rewarding part of my day. Getting out of bed on this chilly morning was anything but easy. I wanted to hit the snooze button and climb back under the covers. But I got up and made it to my mat within two minutes of class starting. And I was in the worst mood. It was early, hot and my stomach was grumbling for breakfast. Right before I decided to bolt, the yoga teacher came in and began talking about her theme for the class: Alignment. Then it struck me, this is what I’ve been searching for in the new year. An alignment with everything going in my life.
Throughout the hour-long class, I began to think about what it meant to be in alignment for the new year. I’m going to share with you what I thought of and what it means to achieve alignment.
Listening to our bodies
A saying I hear over and over again in yoga class. It’s a tough directive to follow, especially when the teacher is telling you to do these crazy and uncomfortable positions. The more we listen to our bodies, the more we come in tune to what we need. Maybe we need to go to child’s pose, maybe we need to say no to more things, maybe we need to say yes to more opportunities. Whatever it may be, it’s always important to listen to what our bodies are telling us in order to benefit them as much as we can.
Setting Realistic Goals
Some weeks I tell myself everything I need to accomplish. I find it becomes very overwhelming very fast. And then I lose track of my to-do list throughout the week because I never wrote it down, and it was too long. This new year lets set realistic goals for ourselves that fosters the opportunity for growth. In a journal, write down one goal for one day. It could be as simple as calling a friend we haven’t spoken with. Or taking 5 minutes to ourselves to enjoy a warm cup of tea in silence. Setting realistic goals allows for more positivity and engagement. When we accomplish a small task, we feel good about ourselves and strive to finish the next goal.
Creating a wellness plan
New Year. New Year. New opportunities to get your health back on track. Before the new year hits, it is a great time to sit down and think about all the wellness goals you want to achieve this next year. It’s best to start now because maybe you can dabble a little in everything before you commit January 1st. Use those free weeks at yoga studios, or 3-day passes at a new gym to try them all out. Within the next few weeks find something you really enjoy doing that you think you can commit to. As well, test out a few new foods or meal plans that you think you may like. The more you try now the better success you are setting yourself up for come the new year.
Focusing on Strength
Strength, not the kind you gain at the gym (although that is great too), the kind you ignite in your soul. Focus this coming year on yourself and becoming the strongest person, you are made to be. Build yourself up to become a strong friend, mother, care giver, teacher or woman. When we become strong we transform those around us to become strong too. Ever heard of the phrase “Your vibe attracts your tribe”? That’s what we should strive for! This year surround yourself with people you love and who truly care about YOU. Learn to ignore what people think and focus on you. We are all on different journey’s in our health and it’s important to stay strong in those tough moments.
Bringing it around full circle here, take time to create your own alignment for this year. Write down goals you want to achieve, places you want to visit, or people you want to re-connect with. Alignment is different and unique for everyone. Tracy and I are here to help you achieve the best version of yourself this year! We can’t wait to see you grow and flourish!