have you set your intention for this new year?

I wish you health, peace and happiness for the coming year.

Have you set any intentions for the coming year?  If you haven’t yet, it’s not too late! 

Intentions are more compelling than resolutions.  Intentions (or sankalpas as they’re called in yoga) are more compelling than resolutions that we often set and then quickly break.  This is because intentions are expressions of our inner will, expressed in the positive (not negative statements as resolutions so often are and which only serve to reinforce the thing we’re seeking to change).  We can change the way we think as the brain is “plastic” (check out neuroplasticity if you’re interested).  By identifying and focusing on new neural connections, we can establish new thought patterns and the old, unused patterns can fall away. Yoga and meditation can help with this.

You can set an intention at any time of the year, but the New Year brings a new focus and I encourage you to find an intention or two to enhance your wellbeing today and throughout the year. To get you started, here are a few you may find useful.

• I listen to my body. (Our bodies talk to us all the time, so tune in to what yours is telling you.)

• I am familiar with my inner world. (Start or maintain a meditation practice to find some inner calm and peace and boost your health and wellbeing).

• I prioritise my wellbeing. (Look after yourself first, then you are better placed to help those close to you.)

• I am kind and compassionate towards myself. (This should be obvious, so let go of the harsh critic and look after yourself as you would others.)

• I experience joy in my life. (Make time to do some of the things you enjoy, even if it’s only a few minutes in your day.)

If you’d like some support with your own intentions, at the start of the year – or indeed at any point during the coming year, get in touch with me either by email at sarah@swan-yoga.co.uk or give me a call on 07867 504539.

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Alternatively, you may like to explore how yoga therapy can help improve your health and wellbeing, particularly if you have health issues.  Yoga therapy offers a practical and balanced way to help manage your health and wellbeing, because yoga encourages awareness of both the body and the mind, promoting calm and relaxation and helping us feel more connected to our inner being.  Yoga therapy can help us at any point in our lives, but can be particularly helpful when if we’re stressed, when we have health issues or are recovering from illness. Yoga therapy may help manage a wide range of health issues and, as it seeks to address patterns of thinking, it can help us manage stress, anxiety and depression.

I wish you well in the coming year and look forward to hearing from you soon.  Do contact me at sarah@swan-yoga.co.uk

© Sarah Swan (1 January 2022)