I was never one for making New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe it’s because “everyone else was doing it” and I like to think of myself as not being a conformist. Maybe it’s because in the back of my mind I knew I wouldn’t keep a resolution for the whole year and then I would be a failure. Or maybe it’s because I prefer to just “reflect” on things from the past year that I could do better to live a better life and be a better person.

Yoga is something that came to me in my reflection. It always puts me in a better frame of mind. It is good for my health and mental well being. But I haven’t been practicing it enough in the past year. Over the years, I have occasionally attended various local classes, but I mostly do yoga at home. Initially I learned most of what I know about yoga from YouTube. Most of the time, I try to do my own yoga routines using my own favorite poses that I have learned from videos or classes. I have loved it so much that I have always wanted to go on a “yoga retreat” and have actually thought about getting trained as a certified yoga teacher.

Doing yoga first thing in the morning before work is usually the best thing that I can do to start my day. But getting motivated to get up and do it at 5:15 in the morning tends to be a different story. I admit, I skip it to sleep in way too many times than I should. During some recent self reflection, I realized that I cannot keep cheating myself out of one of the most rewarding things that I do for myself.

And then there is the fact that I got not one, but two new yoga mats for Christmas. (Including the beautiful ocean themed one in the pic) And yoga “footsie” socks and a gift certificate from a friend for a new yoga place down the street for my recent birthday. Ok. So, I guess I need to listen to everyone else in my life who are trying to tell me to keep it up, because they know how I feel about yoga.

So upon reflecting about this, what does this mean? Should I turn it into a resolution? Say that I will do yoga at least so many times a week? Say that I will attend so many yoga classes a month? Say that I will finally plan a yoga retreat or start becoming a certified yoga instructor?

I am not entirely sure at this point. But my self reflection has made me realize that I need to focus and make more time for this important hobby in my life. Maybe that is a good enough promise to call it a “resolution?”-E

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