New Year's Yoga

Do you make New Year's resolutions? Some years I do, hopefully, and other years I don't, cynically. This year, I took up a practice my friend recommended of writing down 100 things I want to do in 2017. Most of them are fun and not necessarily driven by a higher purpose. Number one, for example: "Wear steam-unwrinkled clothes" using the clothing steamer I received as a Christmas gift. I also listed what I'd like to let go.

During the last few days of 2016, I went camping with friends in Big Sur, along the coast of California, shaking up my routine and getting clearer about my vision for the new year.

Naturally I practiced and taught some yoga, and paused to appreciate that it also can be playful and not about perfecting a form. Physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation help with letting go of what you don't need as well as adding what you do. What's more, you don't have to look or feel your best to do it. Whatever your mood, energy level, or capacity to focus that day, yoga can meet you there and guide you to a more balanced place. What do you want to cultivate this year? What are you ready to shed?

If yoga is part of your 2017 plan, I'd love to see you on the mat!

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    YogaWorks Palo Alto
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