Happy New Year & Happy Chinese New Year!
Between the New Year, the New Moon and The Year of the Water Dragon what does this all mean…to you?
No matter how you celebrate the new year can give us all a new start and more importantly we can leave the old years behind us. What better than to let go, clear out baggage and take in a fresh clear breathe.
Out of the MANY reasons to look forward to the new year, here are five signs that can show us how promising the new year will be.
5. Resolutions – I’ve sensed a change in how people approach the new year, not only have a I sensed it, but I’ve pretty much done an informal survey with students here at the studio. Resolutions seem to be a thing of the past! No longer are most of the tiny sample size of MWG yogis outwardly listing their goals, instead they and I decided the intention is to do better, relax and work on becoming better people everyday.
4. Embracing the spiritual self and our natural and local resources - The war in Iraq is over, Occupy Wall Street is now a household name, New Yorkers seem a lot more interested in building community, fresh food coops are sprouting up(Shout out to the Greene Hill Coop), farmers markets everywhere from Harlem to Brownsville our nourishing all open minds and more people are practicing some type of yoga, meditation or fitness as a means to reduce stress…
3. Twenty million people practiced yoga in 2011! - That’s over two times the population of the entire city of NY. I’m not quite sure if they included all the babies, toddlers, teens, prison inmates, seniors, and babies still in the womb. Whether you want to practice Yoga in its’ purest form or you want to include Steak and wine to your mindfulness meditation, there is a class for you. Now imagine if everyone had access to a yoga mat/rug, a class or a place in their heart to dedicate to stillness…pursuit of happiness and respect for our planet? I can image how powerful Yoga Month will be this year (if you believe in that divine union of energy type stuff.)
2. Ron Artest – changed his name to Meta World Peace. Now I remember Artest from the 90s in Queens (when I used to play/watch basketball in L.I.C.) You might remember Artest in the 2000′s: A controversial, fierce defensive player that happened to fight with his fans. Being in the world we live in now we shouldn’t be surprised that he’s using his name and fame to flame away the negative rep and bring about thoughts of world peace every time the announcer acknowledges him in a game. It’s common knowledge that if you’re seeking a higher path, you understand that words have power. I also wouldn’t be surprised if he practiced yoga…
1. Full circle – This month we celebrate 5 years open. With 5 new teachers. And i’m looking forward to the next 525,600 minutes. For my sake i’ll just stay focused on the next one, Which is my only resolution for the new year.
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Gung Hei Fat Choi!!