Happy New Year - setting a Sankalpa & Ganesha

Happy new year to you all...

Hope you've all had a restful nourishing break? We spent Christmas week in Norfolk enjoying big domed skies, watching flocks of geese and being pretty low key, it was lovely. The New Year retreat at West Lexham in Norfolk was a wonderful celebration shared with a great group of Yogis.

The turning of another year offers space for reflection and renewed energy and focus for our next steps forward. The practise of setting a Sankalpa is central in yoga. A Sankalpa can be described as the most perfect wish we could have for our lives. It helps us stay positive and focused on our goals. It should be about the improvement of our own lives and those of others. 

New year is a perfect time to make a new Sankalpa or reinvest our energies into a current one. Sankalpa keeps us strong when life hands us the big stuff, I don't know about you but 2015 was a 'big stuff' year. Staying with Sankalpa and the practise graces us with inner strength to keep breathing, keep being present, keep experiencing at those times when at a survival level we want to hold our breath and go numb to survive. Sankalpa really helps us to thrive.

The January workshop calls on the energy of Ganesha. Ganesha is the elephant headed God who symbolises amongst other things the removal of obstacles. Using Asana, Pranayama, meditation and chanting the practise will focus on a flow to bring awareness to limiting beliefs and other obstacles that may obscure our progress in actualising our Sankalpas. Building physical strength, with a courageous heart and clear focused mind can move mountains. Come and get inspired to make 2016 the year that you live out more of your hearts desires and dreams.