Happy new year and introducing my Yoga a Day challenge

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and all that! Well here we are in 2013, feeling all shiny and new. Or perhaps not?! I always love the promise of a new year and use this time to take stock of events and dynamics in the past year and look at ways I can change the bad, embrace the good and become closer to the person I want to be.

For me, 2012 was a year of immense ups and downs. The massive ‘up’ was the arrival of Hugo in April, but as the saying goes ‘What comes up, must come down’ and the come down was the adjustment that came with managing a house with a baby and a toddler. And if that wasn’t enough, I took on working from home when Hugo turned 6 months old. Cue the guilt, anxiety and overwhelm!

In my end of year personal stock take, I realised that I really have to get these feelings under control if I want to move ahead into being the best version of myself, kick the anxiety and be a strong mother to my boys. So, on the first of this month I had a revelation of sorts – what if I made it my mission this year to do Yoga every day? I have always loved how yoga makes me feel, how it smooths my rough edges, eases the jangling of my nerves and makes me feel strong, in control and powerful but my ongoing relationship with Yoga practice has been stop start over the years. This ‘What if?’ thought that lodged itself in my mind on January 1 seemed alive with promise and the potential for limitless discovery.

So I have begun it. And it is my goal to keep at it and see where it takes me. My practice will be a mix of at home yoga with the help of Yoga Glo and a couple of yoga classes through out the week. So far, so good. The last three nights my practice has been very gentle with alot of breath work to help me get centred and in a relaxed place to kick off this new year.

I love that Yoga Glo has classes that range from 5 minutes in length to 90 minutes, which fits in with my challenge goal to successfully incorporate Yoga into my everyday life without adding stress or pressure (the exact same things I’m trying to farewell!).

I don’t really have a plan on how I’ll blog about this throughout the year. I’m thinking maybe a weekly wrap up post, with daily thoughts and practice details on FB, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #SMSyogaaday. As I start this, my big goal is to feel better in body, mind and spirit but I hope as I get stronger that I can set myself other challenges along the way – maybe even working up to some advanced poses?

I’d love to hear from you about the kind of things you’d like to hear about as I continue on this journey as I definitely don’t want to bore with the little details but hope to have some revelations on how it’s helping to save my sanity as the year goes on!

Are you taking on a challenge this year? I’d love to hear about it! Maybe you’d like to join me in my challenge? The more the merrier!

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