HAPPY NEW YEAR!
from Heart Tree Yoga
I hope you each had a fulfilling and restorative time with family and friends for the holiday season as well as some time to reflect on 2017 and your dreams and goals for the coming year.
A brand new year offers a fresh opportunity to grow into our best selves. I really believe that growing into our best selves--strong, resilient, free, joyous, creative and courageous individuals--means fully embracing our possibilities through openness in our hearts--and body, mind and soul.
A friend and colleague of mine once observed--"how people do one thing is how they do everything". There can be a lot of truth to this when it comes to how we move in our bodies and how we are in the world. Our movement tendencies often mirror our 'being' tendencies. If you have attended my classes or worked with me you know that finding and feeling your own way of moving and going deeper into your own state of being opens the door far wider to gaining greater inner ease, self-compassion, strength and resilience. I hope as you embrace this New Year you will take time to discover more about how you are moving in this world--and open to door to more growth and freedom by improving the interaction between your movement and your being.
Below I'm sharing some personal tips that I've found incredibly helpful in getting through these cold months and which I hope you will also find useful, and a special New Year's wish about the importance of making mistakes (LOVE THIS). If you would also like to receive this month's Movement and More Clip about giving your back a break while you strengthen your legs, and some musings and pictures of my recent trip to India, just let me know and I'll add you to the distribution list.
Thanks for joining me on this journey!
TIPS for Managing the Winter Months
BRRRR. Cold? Dry?
Getting through the winter months can be tough if you are someone who's fingers and toes feel like they are going to drop off and who's skin gets dry, flaky and rough during the season.
If you share these winter afflictions with me, I've got some tips for you, drawn from Ayurvedic practices that I think are making a big difference for me this year. Please understand--I'm not an Ayurvedic expert. Ayurveda is an ancient sister science to yoga with a depth as great as yoga itself. So I simply offer practices that have helped me feel better and stay more hydrated this season Some are pretty obvious and some are not. And they are:
THE IMPORTANCE OF MISTAKES
I came across a fantastic quote by Neil Gaiman for the New Year that I wanted to share with you. I think it is such an important sentiment for personal growth. For REAL living. It makes me think of remembering not to make "the perfect the enemy of the good." We sometimes stifle ourselves out of fear of making mistakes, of not being enough, of not being perfect. And that stifling limits our BEING the fullness of ourselves. Let's quit that.
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.
So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
― Neil Gaiman
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