End of Year Reflections and Intentions Part II

I intend to try new things

It is very easy to get stuck in our routines and not think or go outside the box.  We go to the gym monday  wednesday and friday, we do the same routine, never changing the mix.  We have our certain yoga classes we do, and our involvement becomes rote with no variations.  I am no exception to this, and Ii truly believe that when we do not change up our routines, we never see any positive results both on a physical and emotional level.  Physically, our bodies get used to the routines and we stop seeing results.  Emotionally, we simply get stuck and don’t see internal progress either.  Although I tend to gravitate towards flow yoga, my intentions for the new year are to include more quieting yoga, including both restorative and yin yoga.

Restorative yoga is a branch of yoga that focuses on restful, relaxing postures designed to soothe and calm the body.  Usually done using props, each posture is held for longer periods of time and the shapes encourage the body to de-stress.  I like to think of this type of yoga as being like an awake nap, where the body and the mind can truly let go.  I intend to do more restorative yoga in 2018.

A Yin yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body—the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. The poses are held for up to five minutes, sometimes longer.  Another area of yoga that I have not always gravitated towards, my intention for 2018 is to bring more yin into my own personal practice.  I believe the benefits to practicing this type of yoga to be enormous and important.

I intend not to be afraid

In saying that I will try and conquer certain fears, I am by no means saying that I think fears can be eliminated. However, in certain areas of our lives, fear can be a real obstacle to growing and improving.  If we fear failure for example, we may not want to apply for a job, take a risk, try a marathon, etc.

When I consider my yoga practice, there are some poses that challenge our fears, and that for me personally, bring up fear.

Bakāsana (Sanskrit: बकासन, Crane Pose), often used interchangeably with Kakasana (Sanskrit: काकासन, Crow Pose) is an arm balancing asana in which hands are planted on the floor, shins rest upon upper arms, and feet lift up.

The fear that comes up for me in this pose is that I will fall flat on my face, literally! The posture asks us to find that balancing point so that we are stable and grounded, and I find it quite challenging to let go into the posture for fear of failure – and face planting!  It may be that in order for me to find success in this asana, I will need to let go of my fear and just see what happens  Sometimes when we imagine what the worst case scenario may be, it can help with fear…consider the following fear involving situations and how we can move through them…

My late arrival to the airport makes missing my connecting flight a possibility and I become full of fear…the worst case scenario? I arrive home later than anticipated and all will be ok.. Fear alleviated.

Applying this logic to my crow pose fear…

I try crow pose and I fall out of it, but because I am literally only inches off the floor so all will be ok 🙂

Fear can only overtake us if we allow it to do so.

I have really enjoyed sharing my new years intentions with you and hope it encourages you to create some of your own as well.  See you in 2018


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