How I Stuck to My New Year’s Intention This Year

Updated: Apr 9

Here are 3 things you can do to commit to your New Year’s intentions.

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Learn practices that can help you stay connected to your intention all year long.

I warmly greet each New Year with positive intentions. (I like to call them “intentions” instead of “resolutions.”) Intentions (referred to as sankalpas in Sanskrit) are powerful, sacred vows you make with your mind and your spirit.

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The personal intention I set for 2018 was to inspire others to live well by practicing self-care. (Read about the family intention I set in 2018.) It was the theme of many of the yoga classes I led, articles I wrote and conversations I had this year. As a result of manifesting this intention, I launched in September 2018, and my first book 108 Yoga and Self-Care Practices for Busy Mamas (MSI Press) was born on February 1, 2019.

Intentions often call upon the universe for support and guidance to help you manifest them into reality.

Practice It: How You Can Honor Your Own Intention Throughout the New Year

Here are three practices that helped me live my intention,

  1. I practiced yoga—a lot. I spent hundreds of hours on my mat this year. I always have one in my car and some in my home. (You just never know when the opportunity to practice yoga will arise!) My yoga practice comes with me wherever I go—from my mat, to my home, to the office and really anywhere life leads me.

  2. I meditated daily. No matter how busy my day was, I had a date with my mat and my mind every morning for at least 10 minutes. I practiced various meditations throughout the year but often just sitting with my thoughts and my breath to reset helped open me to creative solutions and possibilities to live out my intention.

  3. I stayed focused. I was determined to do at least one thing every day to enhance my intention. When I wasn’t leading a yoga class, I wrote an article about self-care, I read a wellness article or book, or I had a wellness-related conversation with a friend. For many months, I also limited my time with social media. (I also watched very little TV and few movies this year, so please catch me up!)

Use these practices to honor your intention for the New Year and watch how the universe delivers, too—sometimes magnifying your original ask. Happy New Year and happy manifesting!

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