The new year for me always feels like a time of renewal. A time when we start fresh with intentions to create a better world or a better version of ourselves.

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To renew ourselves sometimes we need to draw inward. In yoga classes we often talk about drawing in toward center in order to expand. This means we pull into our core, primarily into our pelvis and abdominal muscles first and while maintaining that, we expand. We can go further into a stretch or a difficult pose than we may have thought possible once we line up with nature in this way. We can do so much more than we thought we could; we can achieve poses that were out of our reach just yesterday.
Renewal is very similar. At times we need to regroup, regenerate, reinvigorate by pulling into ourselves in silence or meditation. We can then firmly establish our intentions or goals from this inner place. We then have the energy to put into action whatever steps, big or small, that we need to take to manifest our intentions. Whatever your resolutions or goals for 2013, remember to come from that place of quiet, mindfulness first. In silence you may find that you are able to get a better grasp on what it is you truly desire for yourself this year. And then you can begin the journey that your soul requires.


10 Comments on “Renewal

  1. Reblogged this on Talker Huge and commented:
    Yoga is not a panacea or the answer to everything, but it can really help you, with me it did it… one of the lessons that helped me more is that limits we have are the result of wrong perceptions we have of ourselves… life is flexibility, physical but also mental… if you want to change, if you want to renew yourself, start to be the change you wanna be!

      • I am a yogi to be and practice yoga in theory now ;)) I think I’ll find a lot of useful insights on your blog!
        Happy I discovered it! 🙂

      • Most people start with the exercise part first and then move on to the philosophy. You’ll likely have an easier time doing it the other way- then you can practice self-acceptance and detachment while doing asana 🙂

  2. I need renewal! For some reason, and maybe it’s not just me, the beginning of every calender year is very frustrating. Maybe because of the nature of my job, i work in accounting (beginning year means tax season for about 4 months), and for some reason, many important spoken word events are taking place. So i feel like I spread myself thin during the beginning of the year.
    I want to renew. I will renew. What is more important than events? my mental, physical and emotional health. I will renew! 🙂

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