The Yoga of New Years Resolution

The new year has just begun and many of us are seizing the opportunity of a fresh start by making resolutions to create positive change in our lives in this next cycle. To keep the high-vibe momentum going, here are some sweet tips on how to harness the power of the new any time of year, with some small shifts in our daily patterning. We can always renew our commitment to experience beautiful moments, to love more, live more intensely, do more of what makes us come alive and less of what suppresses our soul and prevents us from being the best, most authentic version of ourselves.

Sound good? Yes!

It's a simple premise, yet not easy to realize, as the habit of doing the same thing over and over is very strong. More than 85 percent of the thoughts that you thought yesterday, you will think again today. And more than 90 percent of those thoughts are unconscious. That's what makes change so hard. And if we are used to living in a way that makes our lives less than amazing, we are very much prone to keeping it that way. Awareness precedes choice, and choice precedes results.

Here are 5 easy ways that can have a major impact on how you experience your life:

Less social media, more real-life communication
Don't look down at your phone - instead look directly into the eyes of another person and connect in a real way. Laugh together over coffee, go into nature and feel the connection of community with all senses instead of just scrolling through your social media feed.


Less consuming of things, more experiencing of moments
Instead of buying more of what we don't need in hopes of finally becoming more whole by acquiring more things, invest your money into experiences, into travel.
Learn something new by signing up for some hands-on education with amazing teachers and fellow students that you feel inspired by spending time with.
Intentionally spend more time with your loved ones instead of just bringing them presents.


Less complaining, more smiling
Have you ever counted how many times you complain on any given day? I invite you to put your attention to it and most likely you will be amazed and perhaps dismayed - let alone all the stress, anger and negative emotions that come along with complaining. If you don't believe me just watch yourself driving a car in heavy traffic. Each time you take a breath to start ranting about something, instead put a smile on your face and giggle about the little things that we all tend to get annoyed with.

But don't stop there. Start smiling at people for no apparent reason and laugh about their reaction of complete surprise (why is it so unusual to get a smile from strangers?). Try it and see how your own well-being will change apart for the chance of making the day for someone else.


Less expectations of our environment - More gratitude for what we have
Simply saying „thank you" each day and expressing gratitude for all the things you have in your life, especially the small things that we take for granted, can have a profound effect on your happiness. Life is not objective, rather it's whatever you have in your perspective. If you create a habit of expressing gratitude, you will unconsciously start looking for things to be grateful for. And that might change your whole perspective on life.


Less feeling down about the sad state of the world, more making the world a better place through small and random acts of kindness
Don't we love to look at the world and feel down about everything that goes wrong? Just look at the news - full of wars, corruption, catastrophes, crime, terrorism, corporate lies and the destruction of nature...It's so easy to lose our optimism about the future if we focus on those things and to feel inferior as if we have no impact on those things. But imagine if everyone lost their optimism, what a sad world that would be. The truth is, we all have the power to make an impact, we all can make a difference, each one on a small scale, each one in our own micro universe.
If everyone swept the street in front of their own house, the world would be a clean place.
Let's inspire others not by lecturing them, but by doing our part, as minor as it might be.

Photos: Sandra DB and Sanjin Kaštelan

Tom Richter

Contributing Writer.

Tom is a dedicated long-time Ashtanga Yoga practitioner, passionate Yoga teacher, inspiring Yoga business & life coach, and a plant-based whole-food & healthy-living enthusiast.

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