Happy New Year!

As the New Year unfolds, allow your yoga mat to become a space to relax, rebalance and rediscover what makes you unique. As you practice, find the common thread running through the past and present, far and near, the familiar and the new.

imgres-1In virabhadrasana II (warrior 2), stabilize your legs. From the waist up, allow your trunk to undulate as you inhale and reach your back hand towards the wall behind you and exhale to reach your front hand towards the wall in front. Your arms form the time line. Notice whether your posture reflects a hesitation to let go of something that has passed, or an impatience for something to happen. Now cease the undulation to align your spine, which marks the present moment on the time line, perpendicular to the floor.

imgresNow sit in baddha konasana (bound angle pose, also known as cobbler’s pose). Gently grip your ankles and use your arms as leverage to lengthen the spine up from the hips. Gaze down at your feet. Let the inner arches fall away as the outer arches press into each other, as though you were opening a book entitled 2012. Breathe slowly and deeply as you review the highlights of the past year. Exhale and close the book by pressing the base of your big toes together.

Breathing here, behold a new book entitled 2013. What are you looking forward to? Instead of resolutions and goals, contemplate your intentions. Gaze into your heart and ask yourself: what do you want to be before you die? How would you like to be remembered? Allow more love into your life, be more courteous, listen more to your family and friends… the possibilities in cultivating loving-kindness are endless.

Pay closer attention to the present moment, breath by breath, and you will find that you are more aware of both yourself and the world around you.

Wishing you a blissful and bountiful 2013.

© 2013 Amy Dara Hochberg. All rights reserved.