New Year. New Moon. 108 Sun Salutations.

by Red Lotus Mama on January 2, 2014 · 8 comments

in Healthy Lifestyle, Yoga

Last year I made a list of resolutions and my mantra was “balance.” I have to say that I did a great job sticking with everything this year!

  • Drink an 8 oz cup of warm water with the juice from half a lemon first thing every morning.
  • I have been doing this and I have noticed the benefits. I recently started drinking a cup of ginger turmeric tea after every meal to help with my digestion.

  • Using Weight Watchers to help me get to my goal weight.
  • I didn’t quite meet my goal weight, but I lost 15 lbs and have kept it off!

  • Complete the Yoga Six 28 yoga challenge.
  • Smoked this challenge! It was easier than it sounds.

  • Complete a one month challenge at The Dailey Method.
  • This was as hard as it sounds, but I did it! I toned and sweated. It was a great balance with my yoga practice.

  • Find a new job. I was born in the year of the Rabbit, so according to astrologers this year will bring a career change!
  • I am working on my new career path as a yoga instructor, and have never been happier with the choice of leaving internet project management behind. I am finally doing something I know I can put my heart and soul into.

  • Clean out my storage, my closet and Princess D’s toys.
  • I started this, but have so much more to go. I did purge some of the stuff in my storage (thank you BFF for taking some of the furniture). My kid has a ton of stuff and I swear keeps getting more! I have a horrible rats nest of stuff on the floor in my closet. I need to just purge and not look back.

  • Read 24 books.
  • I blew this goal out of the water by reading 37 books!

  • Read with Princess D 30 minutes every day.
  • My daughter’s reading has improved so much! She is now reading 30 minutes every day on her own!

  • Start working on my 200 hour yoga instructor certification.
  • I completed my training at the end of November and am officially certified and registered as a yoga teacher!

    So, this year I decided to skip the resolutions and try something new! On New Year’s Day one of my favorite yoga teachers lead a group of us in 108 Sun Salutations to celebrate the new year, the new moon and to set our 2014 intentions. Why 108? It is a sacred number in Hinduism and yoga. Malas (prayer beads used for counting mantras during meditation) are made with 108 beads. The average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. There are 108 sacred sites throughout India, 108 Upanishads and 108 sacred points in the body.

    Photo Credit: Ashley Strong Photography

    Photo Credit: Ashley Strong Photography

    My intention for this new year is to bloom into the yoga teacher I know I can be. I want to share with people everything I have learned on and off the mat, from my years of practice and excellent training. I want find my personality and rhythm in each class I teach.

    My other intention is to manage my new career. This means managing my budget and balancing my schedule. It means pursuing opportunities I naturally would shy away from and not being scared of rejection. It mean taking all of that training and turning it into something my parents can be proud of.

    Here is to 2014 being my year of BEING PRESENT! (Ok, that is 2 words, but who said a mantra had to be only one word anyway?!)

    Miss January 2, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    We love the furniture and you! I’ve enjoyed watching your journey and supporting you. You’re becoming the person you’ve always wanted to be, I knew you could do it!

    Kim Tracy Prince January 2, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Back in my yoga days (when I practiced at least 3x week) I did that 108 sun salutations thing. It made me feel high. What a great way to start the year!
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    Red Lotus Mama January 4, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Yes! I felt like I could accomplish anything after doing 108 sun salutations. The sun shining on me, facing the ocean and having the breeze blowing on my face made me forget any pain or exhaustion I would have probably felt if I was in a room.

    Alphagraphics Salt Lake City January 3, 2014 at 10:38 am

    I hope that you manage to reach your goal. I’m sure you can become a truly great yoga teacher if you put your mind to it.

    Red Lotus Mama January 4, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Thank you so much!

    Maggie @ Mama Maggie's Kitchen January 3, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    I’m in serious awe of you. I stopped doing resolutions because I was only setting myself up for failure. If anything, my goal is to be happy… and to do more yoga. :)
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    Red Lotus Mama January 4, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you, Maggie! I normally don’t succeed in my resolutions, but 2013 was a remarkable year for me. I think if there is one thing you do this year it is do more yoga!!!

    Christopher James January 7, 2014 at 2:13 am

    15 lbs. is still 15 lbs. Way to go!
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