New Years is about Reflection and Projection
And okay, we can talk about Resolution, but in the yoga sense…
Hello New Year, I see you looming. The end of 2019, the beginning of 2020...here we go again!
How can we look at the change of year and the turning of time to help shape our lives and how can we frame these concepts for the children we love and nurture?
Reflect: Reflecting on who you have been, what you have done, how you feel about it, and how it aligned with your goals can all be a great teacher.
You may want to look at the decade if you’re an adult reader, but working with kids keep it to 1 or 2 years maximum, or if it’s seniors in high school or college, you can do 4 years.
We can forget how much we accomplish if we don’t take stock.
We can CELEBRATE our victories, hard work, achievements, relationships, and dedication when we reflect on the timeline of our year (or decade).
We can mourn and accept the things and people we lost and reflect on the lessons we learned from them. We can gauge our growth based on our relationship with loss and the opportunities we make from loss and grief. There is no shame in feeling the hurt of life’s challenges. There is a great triumph in finding opportunities in hardship.
Take some time to create a timeline of the year or decade, marking the memorable events in your life.
Project: Who am I becoming and how am I going to make sure that happens?
Brainstorm some words that describe how you want to feel in 2020 or in the decade spanning from 2020-2029.
Plot out a plan to go after your goals. It can help to get clear on what you want to do and then to create actionable steps to achieve them. Remember this doesn’t have to be all achievement-oriented tasks. You can have a goal to be kind every single day. Your goal can be about loving yourself more. Your goal can be about your consumer habits.
Resolve/Sankalpa: A resolution set in deep rest that comes from our heart, not our mind, to show us our path and our trajectory.
I recommend a regular Yoga Nidra practice to get in touch with your subconscious so your conscious and subconscious mind can become aligned. This helps us make sure our actions match the ones we imagine our best self doing.
Our Word of the Year: The Year of Love
We have decided our word of the year for 2020 is love.
We are releasing a yoga sequence all about love and connection for teens and tweens to help them embrace loving themselves, others, and the planet even more.
A fun LOVE mediation you can repeat:
- Love is healing.
- Love is accepting.
- Love is growing.
- Love is forgiving.
- Love is generous.
- Love is kind.
- Love is friendship.
- Love is happiness.
- Love is Contentment.
- Love is ME.
- I am love.
For more on love and compassion, check out our newest product, Love and Compassion Yoga Sequence for Tweens/Teens: