So 2014 was the year that you began your yoga journey in earnest. And now, with 2015 almost here and happening, perhaps you’re wondering how you can continue to develop your life on a yoga path, possibly without too many radical changes that might have you giving up by mid-year or earlier! Well, here are 5 New Year Resolutions to make which will lead the way to a happier and healthier yogic life!
- Regular Practice: This may seem pretty obvious but if you want to ensure yoga remains not just a relevant but an effective part of your life it is necessary to maintain a regular practice. Yoga has immense benefits but as many people first turn to yoga with a physical need (i.e. wishing to increase their body flexibility, weight loss, etc) it can take a while to bring postures, pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation together to reach that true harmony of a unified body, mind and spirit, which is, of course, the greatest benefit of yoga. Of course, ‘regular’ may mean anything from 10 to 60 minutes daily for some folk or twice a week for others. You yourself will know what’s best for you. The point is, that in developing a good ‘yoga practice’, the second part of that phrase is equally as important as the first!
- Live the Simple Life: In western society there is, unfortunately, a constant incitement to consume. It is great to have the things that we need, no doubt about that, but can we say that we truly need all that we have? One of the primary principles of living a yogic life is ‘greedlessness’ (aparigraha). So if 2015 is your year of moving towards a more yogic lifestyle then you could begin by removing – slowly, if you need time – all the things around you that are unnecessary to living a more modest life. Part of this journey is also to refrain from coveting what others have and learning to see the real riches in your life, which may include the friends and family that love you regardless of whether you have loads of gadgets or the time to pursue interests that got lost in the maelstrom of making and spending money.
- Eat Your Greens: Adding more veggies to your daily diet (and eliminating processed foods in addition) is one very easy way to resolve to live a more yogic lifestyle. Outside of any moral reasons to develop a more plant-based diet, there are huge health benefits to be had by increasing your consumption of vegetables. These not only include increased energy levels and healthier skin, but a vegetable-rich diet is known to lower the incidences of many diseases including obesity, hypertension, diabetes and many heart-related illnesses. Living a healthful life and making conscious decisions as to what you put into your body are all steps on the yogic path.
- Take New Steps on Your Healthy Path: Oil pulling, herb infusions, keeping a gratitude journal, doing daily mediation? Often when you begin a yoga practice and find yourself becoming more attuned to your body, mind and spirit you naturally want to start taking better care of yourself. There are so many healthful ways that you can increase your well-being on a daily basis from the moment you wake to the minutes before you retire to bed. This can include starting your day with 5 or 10 minutes of mindful meditation to taking up the ancient Ayurvedic technique of oil pulling (specifically, that means rinsing your mouth with a tablespoon of oil on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes). This former practice can establish a positive mindset for the day ahead while the latter practice of oil pulling not only promotes oral hygiene but helps cleanse the skin and increase energy levels.
- Put Yoga into Words and Actions: The philosophy of yoga is one that promotes peaceful living (ahimsaor), respect for natural life, being true to yourself and living with honesty and integrity. That doesn’t mean turning yourself into a modern day Pollyanna, but by trying to be wise with your words, kind in heart and joyful in spirit you may just find that living the yogic lifestyle is more gratifying and personally gainful than you’d ever dreamed it could be.
Siobhan is the Head of Communication and Content withMuuyu and a co-founder of the company. Born in Ireland she has close to 20 years’ experience working in the areas of PR, communication and journalism. She is also the editor of the Muuyu blog. Siobhan has been practicing yoga on and off for most of her adult life. However it was while doing a post-natal yoga class when pregnant that she really began to connect with her practice and she has been a regular practitioner ever since.
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