So sometimes goals and guidelines for the New Year are tough and sometimes they don’t even get a mention until it’s nearly February.
I’m not a big resolutions person. They’re so staunch and firm. I prefer the idea of goals and guidelines, things that are achievable yet comfortably attainable with a little extra effort and self-kindness. One of my many goals and guidelines for the year is to do things that are good for my body and mind. So, I am back on the yoga mat and trying to continually realign my spine, worldview, and ideas of exercise.
In a class this weekend during a particularly difficult series of poses, my instructor told the class, “If you’re not breathing, you’re not doing yoga. You’re just making shapes.”
It’s funny that we have to remember to breathe at times when we undergo something physically or mentally strenuous. It’s something we do innately that we forget about when we need it most. Both physically and emotionally, we need to pause and hit refresh, reminding ourselves that inevitably, this moment and this crisis will pass and the next breath will begin.
Now, I’m not always very good at this. But I am trying and will continue to try. After all, we look pretty silly when we’re just making purposeless shapes.