New Year Intentions

Energetically, the cross over into a new year is an incredibly powerful time. It’s a time of release and a marvellous opportunity to set the tone of the next 12 months.

Traditionally it’s also a time we set resolutions. While there is nothing inherently wrong with resolutions, they do tend to take on negative connotations. Have you ever noticed that most resolutions are about quitting or giving something up?

This is why we like to set new year intentions instead. Just like at the beginning of a yoga class, when your teacher will ask you to set an intention for your practice, now is the time to set some intentions for your year.

Clear out the old

To start afresh, we must first clear out the old to make room for the new. Begin your 2017 ‘closing ceremony’ by listing out the things that didn’t go so well over the year. What do you want to stop doing? What’s not working? What do you want to change?

Deciding on things to leave in 2017 is super powerful and will leave you feeling lighter and brighter. Next, we move into gratitude.

List all the things you were grateful for in 2017. Remember challenges can be great teachers so you may be able to reframe some of the negative aspects of 2017 here. Get specific to intensify your gratitude and include why you’re feeling thankful to magnify further.

Well done! You’ve now closed out 2017. You’re now ready to set some fresh intentions for the year to come.

Meditate or journal

Before we set intentions, we want to uncover the areas of your life that are most important to you. Your closing ceremony probably highlights some of these for you. If you’re not sure which areas are your priority, sit in meditation or take a pen to your journal.

Once you have felt into the areas of your life which bring you joy, happiness and satisfaction, it’s time to set some intentions which feel realllllly good. And we mean good on a soul level. These intentions shouldn’t be about impressing people, living up to expectations or fulfilling a role – instead, have them rooted in your most deep-seated core desired feelings. Danielle LaPorte has done some fantastic work on this so give her a Google.

Get it on paper

Once you’ve sorted out your intentions, it’s time to get them out of your head and onto paper. Go further than writing them down and make yourself a vision board. You’ll need a piece of card, glue, scissors and a bunch of magazines! If you’re more of a digital person, you could use a tool like Pinterest to create your vision board.

Do your new year intentions include making it to yoga or Pilates more often?

We’d love you to join us for our next Body Buddhaful Challenge, starting February 5. Our twelve week challenge is designed to retrain your habits, spring clean the dusty corners of your body and give you the inspiration and motivation to achieve your goals.

You can find out more here.

See you in the studio! You can check out our timetable here.