As the keeper of our own calendar we get to reflect on life any time of the year that we want. It doesn’t have to be the last week of December but for me, it’s really the time of the year where I most feel drawn into retrospection.
To acknowledge and BE GRATEFUL for the gifts received from life over the past 12 months. THANK family members, friends and mentors for their unconditional love and ongoing support. MAKE PEACE with what did not go as planned (or went real bad). Clear the space to MOVE FORWRD.
So here are 10 things I did to make the most of 2017.
1. Say goodbye to corporate life and train as yoga teacher. I already wrote about that in a previous post, here.
2. Start to teach yoga. There a big difference between going through a teacher training and teaching for real. Super happy I ticked both boxes. Starting with free classes to get hands-on practice, then landing my first scheduled classes and subbing to support peer teachers when sick, on holiday or pursing side projects dear to them! I enjoy it all!
3. Travel back to beautiful South Africa. I’m in love with the Rainbow Nation, it’s upbeat energy, warm hospitality, contrasting landscapes, world class food and wine scene, abundant wildlife… and… yes… its yoga culture with a multitude of studios and happenings. Right back on the 2018 travel list!
4. Read The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World. A playful dialogue between two spiritual heavyweights, the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu sharing their wisdom of finding happiness and joy in the face of life’s challenges. Filled with inspiration. Impactful. The type of book you go back to time and time again! So go get your copy!
5. Make friends with my bike. I’ve always been very close and faithful to my running shoes. A passionate, long-time love affair. So much fun (and yes, a bit of pain sometimes too). Until my body decided to speak its truth and send me under the knife for bilateral hip arthroscopy. Running was nowhere to be found on the rehab plan, of course, unlike biking. Starting with short gentle indoor sessions and progressively allowing for longer outdoor rides and the opportunity to create strong bonds with my new “joint-friendly” buddy.
6. Commit to meditation. Once a day, every day. Doesn’t have to be long, 5 minutes are good enough if that’s all I have. Not missing a day is what matters. Love each and every 21-Day Meditation Experience with Oprah & Deepak. Yoga Nidra Relaxation with Dharma Mittra. Free guided meditations on youtube. Self-practice. Not that I have reached enlightment in any way but I’m progressively learning to become more mindful. Why don’t you give it a try?
7. Open a FB account, finally. Never too late to do the right thing. And if you’re not following my page yet, go do so now to stay in the know @endless8yoga.
8. Practice “just enough”. As opposed to trying to be little miss perfect and expecting the same from others. My new fav word? FLAWSOME: an individual who embraces their flaws and knows they are awesome anyway. What’s yours?
9. Have my share of wine, cheese and chocolate. I’m quiet flexible with my diet and I clearly don’t fit in the strict yoga-vegan trend / box. A 90% healthy / 10% pure pleasure ratio works well for me. No judging, ok?
10.Spend my last corporate money on a piece of African art. I saw that painting in a gallery in Hout Bay near Cape Town and it immediately touched my heart. Stunning. That African beauty was looking right at me and we both knew our paths were meant to cross. Now she sits with me here in Switzerland and neither the cold nor the snow have altered the intensity of her gaze. You’ll find her on my Insta page @endless8yoga!
That covers Thinking Back. Now, Looking Forward.
5 resolutions to make 2018 my best year ever. Yeah!
1. Stop buying online. Shoes, clothes, yoga stuff… you name it. To avoid disappointment (it always looks so much cooler on picts, size never fits perfectly, etc) , favor local businesses, and hopefully save some money. Unless online is the only place to find something I really need. And unless there is a free return policy. No need to always see things in black or white, right?
2. Keep my phone outside of the bedroom. Not that I’m totally addicted to technology, or am I? Brain hacking is real and so in the race for attention, I chose to give mine to dreams, not to devices.
3. Become a (more) patient driver. Jumping from studio-to-studio and class-to-class can fray yoga teachers’ nerves. This makes it difficult to settle in and be present for our students. So I’ll challenge myself to replace moaning by deep breathing every time I’m stuck in traffic, following a slow tractor on a narrow road, turning in circle for parking, etc… Wanna try that one too?
4. Re-prioritize my personal yoga practice. Somewhere along the way of becoming a yoga teacher, it’s easy to sacrifice self-practice to teach more classes. So instead of mechanically learning the alignment for a bunch of poses and memorizing sequences and cues, I’m recommitting to daily “yoga with me”. Filling my energy cup and inspiration plate to then share it all with YOU!
5. Get to do things instead of having to do things. A mindset shift with life-changing potential, they say. I totally buy in the intention to celebrate life, open up to new possibilities and cultivate a bright spirit. So I’ll give it a try and report back in a year from now.
Things don’t have to change the world to be important. – Steve Jobs