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suYoga New Year Resolution 2013

I sat down at my computer to look for an interesting ‘Yoga New Year Resolution’ article to put on my website. An article to inspire, motivate readers into changing for the better. And then I thought why not be brave and write one myself. So I have and it’s simple:

TO BE HAPPY

A lot of people say to me, Sue you’re “so chilled,” “laid back” or “happy”. I think a lot of people think I am in some way lucky to be this way. Maybe, or maybe it’s because I choose to be and I practise at it.

So here are my ‘Top 10 Tips’ to simply ‘being happy’:

Breathe – Of course we all do it automatically without thinking! But what I’m talking about here is being aware of the breath. Slow the breath down, take deeper breaths and feel the abdomen, lung and spine move with the breath. Obviously not all day – just become more aware of it from time to time.

Smile – “You can’t feel down in the mouth with the corners turned up” It’s true, try it! And also, if you see someone without a smile – give them one of yours. It really can make a difference, try it and see.

Walk Tall – Always! It will help achieve the above two, as well as being great for your posture and spine. Shoulders back, chest lifted, tailbone lengthened…..and off you go!

Accept the rollercoaster – Life really is a rollercoaster. We all have our ups and downs. I have now learned to accept the downs. Just simply recognise them. I even chat internally to myself (I don’t think I’m going crazy?) I just say, oh ok here you are, I’ll let you stay for a little while as I know you’ll be on your way again soon. That’s the way the rollercoaster works.

Be present – This is my form of meditating. I don’t sit for hours in Lotus position. I remind myself, usually when I’m walking, cycling, driving, washing up, hanging up the washing, gardening – whatever the chore or activity, I practise being really present. I usually slow and deepen my breath and just ‘be’ with what I am doing and allow my mind to empty of the usual ‘talking’ going on. I’m not saying I do this all the time! But honestly, it really does help me relax.

Listen more – Did you know that listen is an anagram for ‘silent’? I think that says it all.

Be positive – You really can’t live a positive life with a negative mind. Again, for some this comes easy and others it takes some practise, but I really believe it is worth the effort. “If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”

Treat yourself – And don’t feel guilty about it! For me this may be taking a nap for 20 mins sometime in the day, reading a book for half an hour rather than doing the ironing, or enjoying a couple of glasses of wine just by myself! Whatever it is for you, do it, enjoy it and don’t feel bad about it.

Love – “Only one life that soon is past. Only things done with love will last.” I came across that quote many years ago and it’s stayed with me and I often remind myself of it. Even those of us who are alone, without family, friends etc can still feel love. Using some of these tips here can often bring about feelings of love and let’s face it love is a pretty good feeling, however it’s brought about!

Simple stretching – Well of course I could have put ‘Yoga’ here, but yoga has so many meanings and what I am talking about is purely the physical side of keeping (especially the spine) flexible. Just a few minutes every day is all it takes and of course if you can make a class a week then that’s even better. Remember – You’re as young as your spine is flexible!

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Take Care

Sue x