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2012 New Year’s Intentions

I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t feeling the New Year’s resolutions this year. This is almost blasphemy for a goal-maker such as myself, but all in all, I’m happy with where I stood on January 1, 2012. I am relatively healthy. My monthly budget is workable. No regrets. No big goals unachieved (except for the elusive 5k run.)

Instead of resolutions, I’m giving this year purpose. Seven purposes, actually.

In yoga, a good teacher begins class by giving you a moment to come up with an intention for that practice. For me it is sometimes physical (stretch the hips!), but for the most part, it is a sentiment that can come off the mat. Given the nature of yoga, I think the latter is the point. So I have come up with seven intentions to focus on in yoga and in real life. Seven is a magic number because I could do one per day of the week, but I’m going to let this play out and see what works best. My morning run may be “test”, while forcing myself to stop checking email at 9pm may be “balance”.

Maggie’s 2012 Intentions

  • Balance
  • Test
  • Communicate
  • Clean
  • Celebrate
  • Environment
  • Support

I am very excited about this new version of resolutions. Stay tuned throughout the year to see how this plays out. I have a feeling that taking the specific pressure of “run a 5k in under 30 minutes” off of the list might give me permission to actually meet that challenge. Let’s see!

What are your goals for 2012?

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Day 7: Happiness Recommendation

There are not many things I’ll get up for at 5:15 am. Definitely for an early morning flight to some place warm. Possibly to lock Noah in the kitchen so I can go back to bed and sleep really late without interruption. I would have thought that was it for the list.

But then fate led me to find my favorite instructor at a new (to me) yoga studio pretty close to home, Haleybird Studios. Her only class that worked with my schedule was 5:45 am on Fridays. Without question I signed up. (Well, mentally…you can just drop in for these classes.)

Here I am 6 hours later barely able to keep my eyes open. No, not because of the early morning wake-up call (though I kept waking all night…didn’t want to miss Santa my class!), but rather because I got one of the best workouts of the fall this morning. My body is completely exhausted, but in a good way. I bounded out of the room full of energy and life and smiles. Now I feel ready for a good nap with a cozy blanket; I’m that content with today. Jes does a great job teaching the anatomical mechanics of each yoga pose, but also is a fantastic meditative leader.  I seriously can’t tell you how much I’ve missed her.

If Jes’ schedule doesn’t work with yours, I’d also recommend Biz. I have taken her classes at the WAC. She’s another great one for pushing your body, but not to the point of ridiculousness. Maybe this is why I like yoga/pilates. You work hard­-harder than you think you can, but you leave feeling energized and alive, not used and depleted. Our days are too busy. This 60 minutes of reflection is sometimes more valuable than the physical practice. (Though there is NO way I could just sit and meditate.)

One of the many good Steve Jobs quotes floating around the internet yesterday was something to the effect of this: “If today was the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” Well, it’s pretty darn hard to look in the mirror at 5:20 am (ack! The light!!), but this morning I liked what I saw. Sure, I’m wasting a good portion of it bored at work (I can say this publically…I told the boss and his response was “Ok, good to know.” Blah.), but I started the day in a favorite way and will end it working creatively and snuggling with a cute dude and fluffy dog. That’s a good day.

Namaste.

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