3 Top YogaVeda Tips for Picking Your Perfect New Year’s Resolution (and why it shouldn’t be diets and detox!)
- Don’t think ‘wha’ ever’. Grab that resolution by the Christmas balls! When you say wha’ ever to your new years resolutions you throw away an opportunity that Nature gives you to plant a seed.
Yes, it’s growing season! Nature has provided a dark womb under the earth so that you can harvest your ‘crops’ later and, as Nature intended, you have this opportunity within also.
Following your bliss is a great way to contact that which would benefit you. What is it that makes you smile? What do you like to spend your time doing? What area of your life felt ‘left out’ last year? For now, just put this intention into your daily yoga practice by writing it out and putting it under your mat. Take it with you to your yoga class and do the same. Then, as you practice, (literally) breathe it into life over the next three months.
The Late Winter has the quality of the Water element within it. The primary quality of water is a cohesiveness that binds and bonds. This is a great time of year to ‘stick’ to something…..even though, right now, this something is just an idea!
- If your New Year’s resolution isn’t in line with your best dreams for yourself, it reflects what is going on with your thinking the rest of the year. New year is not a time to stop dreaming and start doing. In fact, this is just what you shouldn’t do.
During the previous Early Winter months your attention started to move inwards naturally and your mind takes on a more reflective attitude. As Late Winter arrives this reflective attitude has given some gifts. You may have realised some things about yourself that you were too busy to see during Spring, Early and Late Summer and Autumn.
This insight is exactly what you will want to bring into our New Year! But don’t stop here. Take this insight (and if it hasn’t arrived yet, it will) and foster it into a ‘resolve’. A resolve is more than an insight. A resolve is a commitment
Our lives have value, so our resolutions should too! Think of 12 different values that are meaningful to you, such as:
(pick from these and/or any other hundreds of values that come up for you!) ….. and use a few that you would like to bring into your life in 2018. Now, when you make your New Year’s resolution, let it be about bringing three of your most important values into your life with every opportunity that happens to come your way.
- A lot of times you may think of a New Year’s resolution in terms of cutting something out. Don’t make this mistake and miss the fact that adding something in is a much more powerful practice.
When you cut things out of your life you get the feeling of ‘less than’ rather than ‘more than’. This is not a strong place to be standing in in the New Year! But, if you add in value and nourishment instead you will feel more sated and secure. Much better!
So, as well as adding via values, you can also add in nourishment this New Year rather than dieting and detoxing. A lot of people feel that detoxing is dieting and dieting is detoxing. Same same. But, dieting is primarily about taking less calories in than we burn and, subsequently, losing weight. And detoxing is about opening up the elimination channels in the body and we can gain or lose weight at this point depending on which one our body needs to get healthier.
A detox is an ‘assist’ for the body’s natural cleansing process – which it is doing all by itself all day every day – with a burst of activity early morning and late evening and in Spring and Autumn. So, it makes sense to let Nature suggest the rhythm for the detox ……which is not January.
January is a time for nourishing the body and gentle but persistent daily exercise/asana, which is also very nourishing (not to the point of sweating).
YOGAVEDA RESOLUTION SUPPLEMENTS:
Wake up and drink 1 – 2 glasses of hot water with a splash of cold first thing. Add a slice of lemon if you like.
Clean tongue. Use a tongue scraper – back to front.
Gargle (natural mouthwash).
Splash eyes with water (warm in cold months).
Gandusha and Kavala. Hold and ‘swish’ alternatively some sesame oil in mouth for 1 – 5 minutes and then spit out (coconut oil is not recommended as it is cooling and not cleansing).
Abhyanga – Lightly oil body (or at least face, belly, low back and feet) with sesame oil and wash off with a warm shower before getting on with day.
Yoga (ask your yoga teacher for the best nourishing postures for Late Winter and your current body condition).
Eat seasonally or for your Vkrti/doshic imbalance (not for your Prakrti/body-type) – do not exert or sleep after eating.
Eat your (seasonal or remedial) main meal at midday
DURING WINTER EAT SEASONAL FOODS PLUS: FATTY SOUPS, RICE, CORN, GHEE, MEAT (IF PART OF YOUR REGULAR DIET), LICORICE TEA, NATURAL SALTS (SEAWEEDS, ROOT VEGETABLES, SEA-FOODS, ROCK SALT)
Evening – Relax and meditate if daytime work physical. Exercise if daytime work sedentary.
5-7pm light evening meal
Prayer or meditation
10pm – 11pm bedtime
And may all your dreams come true!
Look out for the new Sunday class in the New Year.
Full schedule for Early Winter Yoga Practices here