Doing yoga shouldn't be at the top of your New Year's resolution list - and here's why…  

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Each year, the vast majority of American adults make well-intentioned New Year's Resolutions. More often than not, they fall into one of the "5 F" categories: Financial, Fitness, Faith, Family, or Friends and are often abandoned notions come February. Hence why gyms are an absolute nightmare at the beginning of January. Can I get an amen? 

While many folks do not end up achieving their resolutions, those that actually make them are 30% more likely to achieve them than those who don't. This is one of the reasons that I'm still a proponent of New Year's Resolutions. A new year can often help you signal a new start --- you just have to know HOW to make promises or goals that will stick. You can check out my 2018 resolutions HERE (I will be reworking these)!

While I love the idea of doing more yoga in the new year, I think that "I'm going to do more yoga" or "I'm going to start yoga" is a resolution that can set you up for failure. This statement leaves many bewildered about where they should even begin. The biggest change will happen when you re-frame your resolution!  

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In order for your resolution to be successful, it has to be actionable. A bit of tweaking, and I can guarantee that you will be more likely to stick to your guns (and get your yogi gunz…yes, with a "z"). Developing "tapas" or self-discipline is what resolutions are made of - here is what an actionable plan would look like to help you reach your goals:

Here are my 3 biggest tips:

  1. Set a timeline along with your goal as well as what outcome you want to achieve.

  2. State your goal in the present tense (as if you are already doing it).

  3. Associate your goal with a feeling.

For example:

"I'm going to do more yoga" turns into "I'm doing yoga in my living room the first week in January and then contacting a local studio for class recommendations or videos that I can use at home to kick off my yoga practice because I know that this time spent on myself will help me show up as a better version of myself" BAM. What a goal!

For a more seasoned yogi, you might have goals to advance your practice a bit more. You may be set out to "Try a different style of yoga." Re-framing that goal might look like: "I am trying aerial yoga this week and will stick with it for a month before exploring other styles so that I can strengthen and fine-tune my practice which will make me proud." Don't these resolutions seem a bit more tactical? Almost as if you can sink your teeth into them, right?

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Building inner awareness, practicing more meditation, connecting with nature, achieving financial peace and doing more yoga are all FANTASTIC resolutions, but without the "oomph" behind them, these resolutions become good intentions and are usually out the door just like the cold weather. In order to commit to your resolutions, be intentional about your commitments to yourself and the way you make them and you are guaranteed to have a more resolute resolution! 

Meghan Ann Martin