Happy almost 2017 Yogi’s. As we prepare to enter into the last day of 2016, it’s important to begin asking rich questions about our year in review. “How will we take what we have learned and apply it to the coming year?” As well as, “How can we let go of what no longer serves us?” Perhaps you are new to the practice of Yoga, or maybe you have been an avid student for many years, regardless – the close of this year invites us to bid farewell to the lessons of 2016.
As I think of the gifts of 2016, I can’t help but think of the amazing energy that our community offers for each and every one of us to grow as Yogi’s. I like to invite this practice off of my mat and into my life. By inviting the energy of Yoga into our daily lives, we are able to live in such an aware and awake way.
I invite you to look towards the Niyamas or the ‘Observances’ as they are often called as you cultivate your plan for 2017. These observances are cultivated in accordance with the thoughts we think and our direct relationship to ourselves. May these questions allow you to deepen your relationship with your Yoga practice as well as your life:
- Saucha (purity)- “How will you purify your thoughts to support the life that you desire?”
- Santosha (contentment)- “How will you develop contentment for the whole of your life?”
- Tapas (self-discipline)- “What energy will you chose when making decisions about moving forward in your life?”
- Svadhyaya (self-study)- “At your very essence, who are you, and what do YOU believe to be true about the life you are living?”
- Ishvara Pranidhana (surrender)- “Is your life in alignment with your beliefs and actions?”
Wishing you all a very blessed close of 2016 and much excitement for 2017! May we continue to grow, support and nurture one another in this life changing practice!