5 Next Steps into 2014

Posted on: January 14th, 2014
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“Whatever we put our attention on, will grow stronger in our life” – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Your attention is your most valuable asset

As you continue along your path, there are  many potential opportunities and many potential distractions vying for your attention. Be mindful of the steps you take. Do they bringer you closer to your intentions, closer to others and closer to remembrance of your true self? Here are 5 potential next steps:

1. Try a new class.
Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Qi Gong, Forrest, Acro, Satyananda, Alignment, Restorative. There are more options than ever. Which resonates most with you? You may never know until you try.

2. Try a new teacher
A student recently said “I’ve heard that phrase 100 times before in a yoga class, but I never heard it like that. For some reason, they way you said it really made sense to me.” That’s the kind of perspective a new teacher can offer. Find the one you resonate most with.

3. Talk to strangers
I have made some of my best friends from yoga communities. I even found my last two jobs thanks to people I kept seeing at yoga classes and eventually became good friends with. Talk to someone, you’re all there for similar reasons, you’re more alike than you think. You’re on this path together.

4. Try Karma Yoga
Most yoga studios have some sort of charitable cause you can support. The Amala Foundation offers several amazing youth programs throughout the year. This is a great way to practice Karma yoga as outlined in the Bhagavad Gita and followed religiously by Mahatma Ghandi. Profits from Sanctuary Yoga support these programs, go check them out. (Volunteer registration fills up quickly, so sign up soon)

5. Commit to a Beginners Series
There’s always more to learn. A Beginners Series is a an opportunity to explore the questions you have about your practice, refine the fundamentals and engage with a community of supportive peers. If you want a practice that lasts, the first step is commitment.

~ Jeremy Devens 

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