14/10/19 To set intentions, we need to make time to tune out

Springtime has traditionally been seen as a time of rebirth and renewal, offering us an excellent opportunity to make plans for the warmer months. How do you go about making plans? Often, we rely on what is most convenient and popular, but I firmly believe that real change comes from within.

I realise that this may sound a bit woo-woo, but please allow me to explain. It’s not uncommon for us to make resolutions for a new habit that we want to form because someone we admire is doing something cool and trendy. We might decide to start a new fitness practice recommended by a friend who is crazy about it. We might decide to start a new eating plan because someone we know swears by it as a great method of weight loss. However, just because one method works for someone we know doesn’t mean it’s right for us.

Many years ago, when juicing was the latest craze, I tried drinking freshly squeezed green juice in lieu of my usual breakfast of nut butter and chia on toast, only to learn very quickly that my ‘go to’ breakfast makes me feel much better and gives me more energy for the next several hours. Similarly, I love Yoga, Pilates, and ballet workouts because they provide me with plenty of energy and leave me feeling great, unlike HIIT-style workouts that I used to enjoy several years ago. As my body changes with age, I know that I need to make alterations to my lifestyle, based on what is aligned with how I want to feel. We’re all different and need to make our own personal decisions. How we make those decisions is important.

The key is to focus on how we want to feel, not what we think we should do in order to become like someone else. 
However, even when practising the lifestyle that we wish to lead, it’s important to re-evaluate the choices we make now, asking ourselves whether they are in alignment with our original intentions and whether our original intentions are still valid today. As we grow and change, so do our intentions.
 
In my experience, most decisions made from a place of ‘should’ are not going to lead us very far. The most powerful change comes as a result of intentions that stem from within. When we are constantly plugged into what others around us are doing, or what others want from us, it’s easy to brush aside our intuition. For that reason, we need to tune out the world for a short time and tune into ourselves, into the quiet space within which we can listen to what we need.
 
To celebrate the springtime season by practising all the above, I invite you to join our half-day retreat on Saturday, 19th October from 1 to 4 p.m. I will guide you through a delicious calming restorative yoga practice and an intention-setting meditation, followed by a journaling practice to help you solidify your intentions and create an individual plan to keep you inspired throughout this special season. While you journal, you will have an opportunity to enjoy a beautiful afternoon tea. The cost of this retreat is $40 per person and space is limited. If you are interested in joining me, please register by Wednesday, 16th October, to reserve your spot.
 
Wishing you a great week and looking forward to seeing you soon!
 
Kindly,
 
Katia and the team at 3118 Yoga

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