Dear students and friends,
We have come to the end of another year together. Whether you’ve joined
us recently, or if you’ve been a long term student, it is a privilege
and an honour to share some time with you. As we reflect on 2013, we
count you among our many blessings. 2013 has been an eventful year for
us. At the end, it's the lessons that we learn and the actions we take
that make the next event better.
As the weeks and months of 2014 are about to unfold I hope you're as excited as we are. What does your yoga new year look like?
With the start of the new year, many people will be focused on starting
new habits, and many will struggle. Why? This is because before you can
start a new habit, you have to stop an old one. Starting something new,
involves laser sharp focus on ‘that thing.’ If you are too scattered
with your focus, achieving your goal will be challenging. So before you
set a to-do list in 2014, consider a NOT to do list. What are some
things you would be willing to give up? Once you decide to give up the
things that are no longer serving you, your life will start to evolve
Your list could include:
• Bending over backwards for people to impress them
• Sabotaging your diet on the weekend to alcoholic drinks and so on
• Working in a job or on a career that you are not 100% thrilled with
• Being in a relationship that is stagnant and boring
After your ‘not’ list is done, you must take action to pull yourself out
of situations that will only lead to the things on your list. Be
willing to do whatever it takes to change these things.
Enroll other people in the process. It’s also all about the community
you have around you. If you don’t have a community supportive to your
wellbeing, and are looking to join one, let us welcome you into the
Shanti Yoga community. Remember, we’re in this together.
People often want to know how long they will need to ‘do’ yoga before
they see results. This is a tricky question because it depends on so
many variables. These include your starting point or baseline, what type
of yoga you do, and how regularly you practice ‘real yoga’, which is so
much more than just asana, Yoga is not a quick fix. It’s the journey -
both the path and the destination. Just stick to your plan, (or return
to it faithfully if you lapse), and you will feel so much better at this
time next year.
Three main components to restore and preserve health and energy in your
body, mind and spirit include asana, yoga breathing and meditation. When
you practice these, you will experience:
• Increased mental acuity
• Slowing down of the aging process
• Healing from disease
• Stress relief
• Physical conditioning
• Increased spirituality.
If you know that the life you’re experiencing today is a direct result
of the programming your mind has received over the many yesterday’s,
would you then, from this day forward, choose more carefully what you
place into your mind? Would you be cautious, perhaps even protective of
what you let others dump into your mind? Hope and trust this email gets
you thinking and motivates you to take beneficial action.
Keep practicing, Trust that there is nothing you can’t accomplish.
Pursue your life’s purpose and continue to enjoy your passions and
whatever enables you to live the life of your dreams.
Hold no regrets for anything left undone this past year. Simply have
faith that the journey is perpetual, and when the time is right, your
dreams will be realised. Trust the process and the rest will follow.
There is nothing to buy in this email. I really wanted to take a few
minutes of my time to thank you for being you and to wish you a happy
new year. Where ever your News Year’s celebrations take you, stay safe
and embrace gratitude for what you have accomplished in the past year
and may the New Year bring you abundance beyond measure.
To your wellness! Let’s together make this year’s resolution to being
healthy, and creating your ideal life - the one that counts. Remember
that while the new year is a great time to make resolutions, each new
day offers the same opportunity for a fresh start. Every day is new.
With gratitude for your faith, friendship and support this year, and always.
Happy New Year from the entire team
at the Shanti Yoga Health Institute.