There’s no better time than after the chaos of the holiday season to reconnect with the things that nurture our physical, mental and emotional health – such as yoga! When we feel strong, stretched and centered it’s easier to access our intuition and creativity, and to focus on our goals and aspirations for the year ahead with a clear and positive mindset.
Here are three simple steps to reconnect with your practice in the new year:
- Make time. Start be setting a little time aside, even just 10 minutes, in the early morning or perhaps right before bed.
- Create a scared space. Clear away the clutter and distractions. Set the mood by lighting a candle or dimming the lights. Try using an aromatherapy diffuser, or placing a few dabs of an uplifting essential oil such as lemon or sweet orange on your wrists. You can also turn on music, or connect to nature in some way – practice outdoors, face a window, or simply let in a little fresh air.
- Acknowledge what you need. Consider your yoga mat your magic carpet, and let it take you on a journey inwards. Close your eyes and ask yourself what it is you need from your practice at that moment. One day you may choose to make your practice more physical, and another day you might allow yourself some time to melt into a restorative pose such as supta baddha konasana (reclining bound angle) or viparita karani (legs up the wall). Whatever it may be, take a few moments to check in with yourself so that your practice can best serve you.
Yoga or “union” brings together the body, mind and spirit. Let the New Year be the perfect opportunity to reconnect to yourself. The more harmonious and at peace we feel within ourselves, the more peace and harmony we are able to bring into our relationships and out into the world.
~ Om shanti shanti shanti ~
Sissy St. John has been practicing and teaching Yoga since 1998 on both the West and the East Coast. She trained in LA with the original founders of YogaWorks; Maty Ezraty and Chuck Miller, and studied extensively with Annie Carpenter, Sean Corn, Vinnie Marino. In 2006 Sissy moved from LA to New York to study under the guidance and tutelage of Yogiraj Alan Finger, creator and founder of ISHTA Yoga. She now resides permanently in Manhattan with her husband and little boy, and teaches around the city – private clientele, corporates, and at YogaWorks on the Eastside. Aside from yoga her great passions include baking, writing and creating her scentsational aromatherapy blends!
Her popular Prenatal DVD as well as her Organic Beauty Oils are both available on her website: www.sissystjohn.com and Etsy.com/ SissyStJohn. Follow her on twitter @yogasissy