6 Tips for Setting Intentions in 2018

2018. New Year, new chances, a blank page. The New Year is a super exciting time as we mentally say “out with the old and in with the new!" #NewYearNewMe. It’s a wonderful time to set goals and envision personal growth, but as the year moves along, a lot of us tend to lose focus. The next thing we know, those resolutions we set get pushed to the back burner and forgotten. Not to worry, yogis! Here are a few tips to help you stay strong and committed to this year’s intentions!

1. Strategize, Strategize, Strategize!

One of the biggest mistakes we make when it comes to setting intentions for the New Year is setting huge goals with no strategy for how to get there. In doing this, we often give up early or fail to make sustainable changes by the end of the year. So if you have a big goal in mind for 2018, develop a game plan: break your big goal down into smaller, more attainable chunks so you have a manageable strategy for success! For example, if your goal is to be able to do advanced yoga poses such as handstand or scorpion, build a routine that will get you there. Perhaps set the intention to incorporate balance work and strength training into your practice each week, progressing further until you attain those postures with ease!

2. Keep It Interesting!

Ask anyone their resolution: the top answers you’ll hear after often health or finance-related. While those things are a noble cause, they are awfully conventional don’t you think? Why not have some fun and make a totally random, off the wall, craziest thing you’ve ever done, totally unexpected intention this year? Try out some interesting yoga classes such as goat yoga, laughter yoga, or even metal yoga! Try practicing outside in the rain or the snow! Go on a solo yoga retreat! Go to India to get in touch with the true roots of the practice! Be limitless and creative!

3. Involve Others!

While setting intentions for yourself is important, why not set intentions that include others? Having a common goal with others is a great way to deepen relationships and build trust. As humans, we need strong social connections, so cultivate them with the power of yoga! Additionally, you may find it motivating to have someone to hold you accountable! Perhaps begin exploring the practice of partner yoga or acroyoga or incorporate some Thai yoga message if you’re comfortable with it. Another fun option is to save up to go on a retreat or festival with a friend. Or just simply invite others to your community yoga studio and make it a weekly date!

4. Set Reminders Everywhere!

You meant to practice yoga today or drink 6-8 glasses of water, but oops - you forgot! It's easy to do, especially if you’re busy. There is an easy fix: you simply have to remind yourself. You can stick post-it notes all around your house or set a reminder on your phone. You might even write out a list of everything you want to accomplish in a day or a week. If you physically write down your intentions, you may find them easier to keep at the forefront of your brain.

5. Follow A Program!

If you want to make a habit, sometimes you need a little guidance. For example, if daily practice is a struggle for you, then following a daily yoga program may be beneficial. There are tons of programs available online for free, with daily classes ranging from 10 minutes to an hour. A good place to start is Youtube. Just type in “30 Day Yoga Challenge” or something similar and you’ll see countless options. Select the one that you can most realistically commit to. Everyone can set aside at least 10-20 minutes a day to get on their mat!

6. Be Kind to Yourself!

Fall down 7 times, get up 8. If you fail to show up to your daily yoga practice or if you experience a bump in the road in any of your goals, remember that life is fluid and circumstances won’t always be perfect. So if you mess up one day, start again tomorrow! Every moment of every day is part of your personal journey, and you can always decide to do something good for yourself today.

As you're making your 2018 intentions, remember that with a good strategy and some determination YOU have the power to invite positive change into your life! Make this your best year yet!

- xo Hayley