"A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at."
I find it odd that New Year's Resolutions seem to get a bum rap in our achievement-oriented American culture. Yoga also tends to downplay the importance of 'goals' and rebrands them as 'intentions'. But setting clear goals can point us in the right direction, focus our awareness, and drive our efforts toward a specific target. And even if the we never hit the mark, we will benefit from all the work that we do in our attempt to reach the goal. So this year, I am setting some high goals for my All Levels Classes. My students may not achieve them all, but that's beside the point. Along the way, we will work hard, learn about ourselves and the world, and create joy for ourselves and others.
Here are a few of my 2017 goals for my Urth Yoga students:
1) Inversions (headstand and handstand) without the wall.
2) A variety of arm balances beyond the basic crow pose.
3) Drop-back to upward facing bow pose with the help of a partner.
4) Full splits and/or put your foot behind your head.
5) Have fun in every class!
This does not mean that every single student at Urth Yoga will achieve these poses in 2017. These poses will serve simply as something aim at. The goals are extremely high. We are going to learn and grow and have ton of fun striving for these 'goals'!
May the Force be with us.