Happy New Year!
The new year is a time to consider new beginnings, to be open to possibilities, and perhaps even to reflect on old habits that may no longer serve us. In my yoga classes this month, we’ll be approaching yoga and the new year with this beginner’s mind. In my own practice, as I am trying to be more mindful of how I do things and why, I notice that I tend to always settle into downward facing dog (adho mukha svanasana) first with my right foot, then my left. Even the way I sequence my breath in certain series of poses has become a habit (inhaling into cow/bitilasana and exhaling into cat/marjaryasana for example). While some habits are cultivated for a reason, it is a good idea to be mindful of them (even if but once a year!), and decide whether they are habits worth keeping.
How can you bring a beginner’s mind to yoga and to your life?