A New Year: The Domination of Opportunity

Jan 1, 2010 | Yoga practices | 4 comments

A new year - a new year: the domination of opportunity

Catch a Wave

A very long time ago, 25 years to be exact, I started to personal yoga practice, and pretty much since then, I’ve kept it up. My zest for it has ebbed and flowed along the way – that’s only natural – but I’m very grateful to have made yoga my companion.

Have you resolved something for 2010? Maybe to do more yoga?

On Day One of a New Year, a brilliant and exciting resolution to do yoga practice every day calls forth enthusiasm that can become blunted by the end of the week. So, sometimes a kickstart is useful.

We usually run a January early morning Intensive Yoga course over 5 or 6 days which is specifically designed to help students counter the excesses of the holidays. The course is always booked out and creates a momentum for students to do home yoga practice, or at least get to classes more regularly than they might have otherwise.

If your life has been rotating between the refrigerator and couch for some time before you decided to do something about your slothful state, it may take mega resolve to keep up a commitment to change. It works well to enlist friends and family by letting them know what you intend to do. It’s much harder to break a promise to a bunch of people than one that you’ve made secretly to yourself.

Make your goal realistic. Everyday yoga practice might be too big a bite to start with, in which case you start to feel dominated by your good intentions. You don’t want to rob yourself of your enjoyment of yoga. Try on a 3-4 times a week practice, but stay with it for a month. It’s said that doing something for 30 days is what begins to lock in a habit.

I suggest you set regular times when you will do your yoga. Diarise the times, and treat them like an appointment with yourself. If you have to miss a session, re-schedule it, but do it as soon as possible.

At the same time, you don’t want to be too rigid. This is after all yoga we’re practising, which is meant to foster mental as well as physical flexibility.

Keep reminding yourself that your resolution is an opportunity, a word which derives from the Latin “opportunus”- ob- ‘in the direction of’’ plus portus ‘harbour’, as in, a friendly wind sailing us into a harbour. How great would that be? If you felt tossed around by the roiling waves of 2009, this year you could be creating your own safe refuge from disturbances each time you roll out your yoga mat.

Happy New Year!


  1. Well,well, well,
    This is an interesting concept.
    Loved it. I will check it out ever so often.
    All these blogs keep you out of the streets, or should I say country lanes when you are not doing your yoga.
    You could add all your articles into it by link.
    xxoo Maarit

  2. Oh how I miss hearing these things from you in class each week! Thanks for writing this, Eve. Your writing is always so challenging and inspiring but gentle at the same time, just like your yoga teaching!

  3. At last !!!I loved your blog I have not been ale to get a message back to you before this so I hope this goes to you you wonderful and amazing woman I love you more later Shylie

    • Hi back to you, Shylie dear,
      I’m glad you like my blog. You can look at the other pages, like “The Shed” and see some of the others of our little community. Can’t wait to see you at the end of February!
      XO Eve


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