Happy New Year, yogis! Welcome to 2017! To celebrate, we asked Erin and some of our contributors to share their feelings about New Years resolutions. In typical Bad Yogi fashion, we’ve got lots of different approaches and ideas to this polarizing concept 🙂 Check them out and share your New Years resolutions (or anti-resolutions) with us in the comments!

Erin Motz

erinI love New Years Resolutions! The vision of a blank canvas that I can fill with whatever I want feels so hopeful. I make changes to my life all year, but the New Year is a great reminder to step back and look at what I’ve accomplished in the year before and what I want to add to the one ahead. Though I have to say that I 1,000% believe we should do this multiple times a year! We should always be present to our feelings so we know when we need to make a change in real time. I think of the New Year as the built-in mandatory check-up, but I cultivate mini check-ups all year so I stay on track with my goals. If you’re making resolutions this year, set check-in reminders in your calendar throughout the year so you can keep yourself accountable!

Cheryl Richardson

cherylHow exciting! Time to celebrate a new year. I’m not one to focus on setting a “New Years Resolution”. I do however, use the beginning of a new year as a moment to reflect on the goals that I’ve accomplishments, goals that I continue to strive to achieve and to reorganize my thoughts to make sure that I’m still on the right path. My path!

Happy New Years folks…another year of adventure awaits!

Chuck Vadun

My New Year’s Resolution is to keep in mind that something life-changing can happen any day of the year. I went to my first yoga class in 2016 … but not on New Year’s Day. A variety of events and circumstances led me to start practicing yoga on April 23! Now, knowing myself as I do, had I “resolved” to start a yoga practice the first week of January 2016, I may just have resisted the idea rather than embraced it. So instead of making a cut-and-dried, I’ll-start-this-tomorrow type of resolution, I’ll going to “resolve” to be open to whatever opportunities the Universe has in store for me … not just on January 1 but on every day thereafter!

Erica Musgrove

ericaI personally love the New Year, there is nothing quite as exciting as the promise of a fresh start. I am also a big believer in goal setting, and I find that if I take the time to set some clear and specific intentions it can really help me make progress in little ways each year. I like to do a little New Year’s resolutions ritual, as follows:
1. Grab a journal and pen – writing it down is a powerful tool in goal setting. It also helps to make your goals “real”, it’s no longer just an idea or thought in your head.
2. Reflect on the year gone by. Take some time to write down a list of all the things (big and small) that you have achieved in the past 12 months, as well as things you are grateful for and lessons you have learnt.
3. Set your new goals/intentions. I like to write down a few words that describe the three values I want to prioritize in the new year. I then set goals in the categories of health/wellness, financial, social and personal.
4. Break it down. Rather than setting some big, but vague, resolution, make it a specific goal. And then break down your goals into daily, weekly and monthly pieces. One of the most successful years I had was when I set four small goals each month, that gradually accumulated into big achievements over the year. It is a great habit to go back at the end of each month and reflect on your progress thus far.
5. Remember failure is part of success. If you fall off the wagon during the first few days of the New Year, don’t give up! Persistence and determination are the keys to success, and no success was ever achieved without a few bumps in the road.
Wishing you a happy and successful 2017!

Heather Reid

heatherI will NOT compare myself to the woman standing next to me. She has her own insecurities, flaws, and problems in life. What I have been handed in this life, including my body and all that comes with it, is specifically designed for me. I feel best when I remember I’m blessed.

I will NOT try to fit the mold. I am not crafty, punctual, a morning person, organized and 100 other things. The moment I owned up to that, I felt like a whole new person.

I will NOT be afraid of failure. How do you make it to the finish line if your feet never leave the ground? I’m guilty of this and all of us probably are at sometime in our lives. Take off running and don’t worry what the future holds.

I will NOT stop giving. I am 100% thrilled about the volunteer opportunities that have presented themselves for the new year. Never did I dream that immersing myself within my community in such a way would have the impact it has. I plan to fill 2017 with even more giving than this past year.

I will NOT regret making myself a priority. More often than not, I will keep going and going, without taking a day during the week to recharge, even though I know I absolutely NEED that alone time to hit the reset button. I’ve already begun taking up hobbies (including hot yoga!) and finding what sets my soul on fire so I can continue being my best self, not only for me, but for those around me as well. Happy New Year Bad Yogis!

Kat Fraser

kat fraserI typically hate NY resolutions. Not because people give up six weeks in. Not because my gym is ridiculously crowded until February (but really though). And not because they are seemingly false promises. I hate NY resolutions because why should the new year be the only time we set goals for ourselves? Sure, it’s a good time to reflect on the past year, identify areas for growth, and change, and commit to being a better version of ourselves. But shouldn’t we be doing that throughout the year? Shouldn’t we reflect on our gratitude and our shortcomings? Shouldn’t we continue to revisit and revise our goals more often than once per year?

So this year, I’m resolving to reflect more. To sit in introspection. To continually ask myself how I can be a better version of myself. Just think that if we asked ourselves “What am I doing well? How can I improve?” 12 times a year instead of once, how much happier and less overwhelmed we might be.

Megan Reddix

2015 and 2016 have been great years! Although my husband and I have faced a lot of change and have dealt with a lot of family and health issues, I still consider these two years the best I have had. My New Years resolution for 2017 is simple; keep it positive! I have had so many amazing opportunities appear and even more obstacles to overcome, but those hurdles will not stop me. I firmly believe that these couple of years have been so wonderful because I changed my perspective on life. Challenges are no longer negatives; they’re opportunities to bring positivity, light, love, and change. I plan to keep strong in my mindfulness practice, which has driven me through the past 24 months.

Pála Margrét Gunnarsdóttir

I have never really had any new years resolutions, as I feel like resolutions are not something you should set only once a year, especially just when your calendar says so (your birthday I feel would be a better day for yearly resolutions…). Like the greatest philosophy teacher from my YTT, Yogi Amitram said: “Everyday that you open your eyes is a new day for you, is a new year for you, is a new life for you.” Therefore you should make new resolutions everyday, reviewing them in the evening. I couldn’t have said it better, you always get a second change we call tomorrow and you always have room for improvement. Setting goals and striving each day to be a better version of yourself than yesterday sounds better to me. Having said that my new years resolution this year – probably the first and last – are to start using the Bullet journal to improve my goal settings and time management, but that is more because that time is especially convenient for me. I wish you a happy new year and may we all strive to be a better version of our self every single day for years to come.

Sally Hamilton

sallyAhhh …. is it really that time of year again? I *hate* the traditional idea of ‘resolutions’.. let’s face it, most of the time our January intentions tend to revolve around denial, trying to make ourselves ‘better’ in some way, to be different, and improve. Add to that, the fact that (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere at least!), it’s coming at the bleakest, most depressing time of the year and it makes me wonder why we persist in making it even more difficult! We go through enough emotional self-flagellation in the Lent run up to Easter so repeating this now… no thanks.. move on. My take on resolutions is that they are more pleasurable, more likely to succeed and to make us feel better if we give us a break from the masochism and turn them into positives. Giving ourselves a strict rule, that we must abstain from chocolate/sugar/alcohol, by its very nature sets us up to feel miserable, resentful and possibly to fail (and who wants to go down that rocky road). Surely, rather than a full-on abstention, it’s kinder to suggest to ourselves ‘I will cut down on X/I will only have Y on weekends’? Less of the self-punishment (we’re perfect as we are, Yogis!) and more about allowing ourselves to be happier, healthier and kinder. Or maybe even try a positive spin on those plans – aiming to do certain things – maybe try a new activity every day/fortnight/month, or reach out to an old friends – maybe make an effort to meet up with a different friend once a month (rather than just relying on Facebook catch-ups) – we’ll feel a sense of achievement, without having criticised ourselves.

Last year, my partner and I made a resolution to literally, bottle our good memories. We left out a little tin, next to a pen and note pad and every time something good happened, we would write a little note of it and the date, fold it and put it in the tin. Then, at the end of the year, we sat down together one evening and one-by-one took out a note each, in turn and read it aloud. Through that, we not only remembered all the little things which we had felt happy and grateful for throughout the year (and had since forgotten!) but also learnt things that the other had secretly put in there. It was a lovely feeling and a ritual which we carried on again this year – I’m looking forward to starting off the New Year by remembering all the good in the last one.

As for me… Well my resolution for 2017 has to be Crow pose.. just as it was last year… Crow and handstand… I will get there and if I don’t… hey there’s always 2018 eh!

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