Happy New Year Yogis!!!

I’m excited to be welcoming in 2017, though I’m not a setter of New Year’s resolutions. If you want to make positive changes in your life, why wait for the beginning of a new week, month or year? I’m a big believer in starting on something right now whether it’s a habit, ritual, or goal, but as it happens, now/today is New Year’s Day which seems as good a day as any to (re)commit to something important!

In the whirlwind of juggling existing commitments and furnishing the new studio space (yey!), my meditation practice has been at the bottom of my to-do list each day. In the last few weeks I didn’t make the time at 6am when I got up, and before I knew it it’d be midnight and the last thing I’d feel like doing was meditating for any amount of time – I just wanted to crash!

I’ll be honest with you, this isn’t the first time that my meditation practice has lapsed but I always come back to it. I know I feel better when I’m practicing regularly – I feel less stressed, more able to prioritise my thoughts and actions, and I sleep better.

The thought of meditating every single day can seem like a daunting task even though we know it’s good for us so I'm here to help! I’m a big believer in community and accountability: having people around you who remind you to stay on track when you’re not feeling motivated, or to bring you back if you fall out of the flow and life gets in the way (it happens, it’s ok!).

Today I’ve signed up for a meditation timer app – Insight Timer. It’s a free app which takes the clock watching out of meditating and also connects you to other meditators locally and around the world. This app will allow me to log my practices (keep myself accountable!), record notes, and connect to friends. If you’d like to join me and commit to your meditation practice, download the app and connect with me!! You can search for me (Shona Noyola) by name or by email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I’d love to support you whether you’re a long time meditator or if this is your first day! Whether you see this as a resolution, or simply a commitment to yourself that happened to have taken place on New Year’s day, why not join me on the app?

If a daily commitment feels like too much, commit to 2-3 times a week, or try it for 21 or 30 days. Remember, you don't have to set lofty goals of sitting for an hour a day - as little as 5 minutes a day can make a difference and start the habit. I can't promise it’ll always be easy, but I know it’ll be worth it!