Creating New Habits




Until one is committed, there is a hesitancy, the chance to draw back. The moment one definitely commits oneself then the Universe moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.

- JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE






Beginnings, like endings, can be difficult or exciting. Starting something new implies change, a step toward an eventual goal. Whenever we make an important decision, often the universe will energetically support us. Yoga is really the study of who we are, where we are, and how we can make small changes to our inner and outer self in order to be less pulled by the external world and more in tune with how we feel and how our actions affect those around us.

Learning, practicing, and integrating the various aspects of yoga happen over a long period of time. Yet the benefits can be felt immediately. Increased wellbeing, "I just feel so much better!" - it makes taking the time to practice yoga so much easier, if it feels good and it's fun.

Beware: your initial eagerness and energy may not last. Allow the information to seep into your core gradually and intentionally. There is no rush. It takes time to make a habit, and consistency. Many of us want instant gratification - to learn something instantly and then move on to the next thing. Yet real, lasting inner change takes time. Know that there will be days that the enthusiasm feels lost - there is nothing wrong with you, or your practice. Often all it takes is a nudge to get on the mat and the enthusiasm reappears within the first or second conscious breath or the first Sun Salutation.