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Four Yogic Tips to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

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Point to Ponder:
Do you have a plan to make your New Year goals and resolutions stick?

Amy Younkman

by Amy Younkman

While the fresh start of the new year is always exciting, the pressure of being better than last year, setting new goals and resolutions can sometimes feel overwhelming, especially when there is are infinite articles telling us “how to make it our best year, yet”. As a result, I have come up with my own four ‘yogic tips that help my New Years resolutions stick:

1. Satsaunga- Yoga tradition recommends satsaunga, or ‘keeping good company’.  Many of our habits are the indirect result of our social network.  Perhaps the most powerful thing we can do to change our habits are to hang out with people who have good habits and also encourage good habits in others. THIS is the biggest reason why I have chosen to be part of the iGnite team and lead iGnite Yoga and Pilates for the past eight years!

2. Create Good Habits– Rather than worry about your bad habits, pay attention to cultivating what is good for you, such as:

  • Exercise– Do something you really enjoy and feel better after doing it.
  • Be in Nature– The best medicine EVER!
  • Hydrate– Carry your iGnite water bottle with you everywhere you go and finish it as often as possible. Drink a large glass of water before each meal.
  • Eat Like a Real Person– It’s much better to eat three hearty and healthy meals each day than to be plagued by a late night snack attacks that pack on the pounds, or grazing throughout the day and never knowing what you really ate!
  • Put Your Legs up the Wall– Or find another restorative yoga pose that helps elicit the relaxation response.  Your body will say “why don’t we do this more often?!?!”
  • Go to Bed by 10:00 p.m.- Chinese medicine folks say that every hour of sleep before midnight is equal to two hours.  It’s really hard to stick to good habits when you are exhausted and worn out!

3. Visualize It, Believe It!- If you are plagued by a negative thought, cultivate the opposite.  Instead of thinking “Things are not going the way I would like; I’m not getting enough done,” say with conviction “Things are unfolding exactly as they should.” Instead of thinking “I feel out of control”, tell yourself “The universe supports me.” (and believe it!)  Dream boards are a powerful way to bring exactly what you want into your life.  Every year I design a bulletin board with the people/places I want to bring into my life, and they magically imbed into my heart and life.

4. Make Room for Silence–  If a regular meditation practice seems daunting, try just a few minutes twice a day, preferably upon waking and before going to bed.  It can be your prayer time, or your time to connect to your breath.  Clear the mind and put things into perspective before going through your “to-do” or “didn’t-get-done” list.

Good luck and be on the look out for the iGnite Body Re-Boot and some great yoga workshops in Austin to help support your efforts.  There’s still time to sign up for the iGnite Renewal Retreat in San Diego at the end of this month!

Wishing you a blessed new year!


Action Item:
To get the most out of your New Year’s resolutions, keep good company, create good habits, visual and believe what you want and make room for silence.


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10 Day Re-boot: Leisa’s Day 4

iGnite 10 Day Body Reboot

Leisa White

by Leisa White

I feel like today (day 4 of the re-boot) was my turning point. I have had a headache and aches until today which I am sure were down to caffeine and sugar withdrawal! Giving up coffee A.M and Tea P.M (yes, Brits really do drink a lot of tea) was the hardest part for me and while I do plan on having them again after the 10 days I will be much more mindful of my intake.

IMG_0130I’ve really enjoyed breakfast and the hot water and lemon fulfilled the need to hold a warm mug while waking up. I had the porridge option this morning as I needed a break from eggs and although I’ve never made it with coconut milk before I loved it.

IMG_0138My energy today has been great and I took Seamus, my excitable dog, on a wonderful long walk around town lake in the glorious sunshine. Being outdoors this week has been so easy in this Texan weather and mixing it with exercise is even better. Seamus also loved it and followed it by sleeping all afternoon.

I think being outside has been my favorite part of the week so far. I have walked more, taken my computer outside to work and have even been having my lunch outside.

IMG_0133The food part has been the easiest for me as it is all the things I love but it has taken a little more planning. When you can’t just grab a sandwich or piece of toast (yes, Brits also eat a lot of toast) it helps to have everything ready to go.
It was helpful to be reminded of this which I did with containers ready to throw together a quick salad.

I am looking forward to the remains of the re-boot now that the headaches have gone and my energy is great. The only thing I wish is that I had less to do and more time to sleep. I have slept like a log but it is impossible to get to bed as early as I’d like with carpools and teens. Now the weekend is around the corner though I plan to catch up!

10 Day Re-boot: Alice’s Day 5

iGnite 10 Day Body Reboot

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by Alice Meadows

First of all, let me begin by saying that this is my 4th or 5th time rebooting. I know this because I found that many booklets when I was looking for a particular recipe. Each time I do this it’s easier because I’ve carried over so many of the habits. Except for one. For the love of Epsom salts, I CANNOT remember to use the body brush – I have done it exactly ONE time during all tIMG_5363-1hese reboots. I have it conveniently perched on the bathtub right next to the shower to remind me, but inevitably, it’s not until I’m in the shower reaching for the brush I keep there that…DOH!
I have yet to shower today, so there’s hope.
I will set an intention.

So I got to sleep in this morning because it was a late start school day for my kids – up at a luxurious 8:00. That made for 8 hours and 29 minutes according to the fitbit I got for Christmas. I had already negotiated with my husband to take kids to school, but somehow still managed to be late to yoga. I think it was making kid lunches first. Part of said negotiations. I digress.

IMG_5361-1I had my lemon water and then got three figgy pops. I found these last week at Costco and I love them as an easy and very yummy grab and go item.
Perfect for the drive to the Treehouse. By the way, if you have not been to yoga at the Treehouse and can possibly make yourself available between 8:30 and 9:30 on Fridays, do yourself a favor and go! Amy has magic powers to intuitively know what her class needs and after Thursday kickboxing; focusing on stretching and relaxing is just what I needed. I was so relaxed I forgot to take pictures, but trust me – it’s lovely.

IMG_5354-1Got home in time to take my oldest to middle school and then made my favorite breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack – Udi’s whole wheat, 1/4 smushed avocado topped with a scrambled egg and sriracha. Yum! And settled down to work.

Later that day…

Had a late-ish lunch while finishing work – tuna and avocado on Udi’s bread with a side of apple slices and some exotic root chips. I’ve found that I typically don’t have time for a “breakfast” while I’m getting kids up and out the door and myself to a class. So it’s usually a couple of pieces of turkey bacon and some apples spread with nuttzo (another Costco find that I adore) or a hard boiled egg and some fruit. When I get home from working out is when I have my heartier breakfast, then a later lunch, an afternoon snack and then dinner. Yep. Anyhoo, back to my day.

I had a shower! And just as I was about to step in – I saw the body brush! Yay intentions! So check that reboot box and let’s hope I remember again now that I’ve done it once. Don’t have strong feelings one way or the other about the body brushing. I guess I need to do it more than once.

IMG_5365-1After picking up two kids and dropping off one, I went to meet my oldest for a pedicure at the delightful salon she can walk to from the middle school. Spontaneous-as-of-this-morning focus on me time. And I got a little green juice in for good measure.

The rest of the day was spent driving small people hither and yon with a stop at the grocery store for dinner – Organic salmon, green beans and wild rice. As the sun set, my husband did tempt me with a glass of bourbon, but I stayed strong and had some tea while getting in an Epsom salt bath. Not a bad ending to day 5 at all.