Flipping Myself the Bird and Other New Year’s Resolutions

Happy 2011, y’all!

I have finally come out of my holiday comatose of good food, good drinks and good company. Although I always look forward to the holidays, there is something to be said for getting back to routine.  So I am back to it. Back to teaching, back to the gym (along with the entire world, or so it seems in my gym), and back to my yoga practice.

I usually resist the urge to make New Year’s resolutions, but the last few days I have been thinking… It is a natural time to pause, review and make new goals, is it not? So what the heck, here it goes:

1. Beat procrastination. Seeing as I have been meaning to write this post since January 1st, and it is now January 9th, I’m tempted to say I have already failed on the procrastination front. However, it is still the beginning of January, and there is still hope. In 2011 I will take “I’ll do it later” out of my vocabulary. Now is the time. Carpe Diem.

2. Love Boat Pose. Dear Navasana: Why are you the bane of my existence? Perhaps if I practice you every day without fail, I will learn to love you like I learned to love my grumpy, great-auntie Freida who could make me laugh and cry within the same 30 seconds. It is my resolution to try.

3. Flip my inner critic the bird. We all have one. That voice inside that usually shows up when we least expect it. The voice that tells us we are not good enough, not strong enough, not pretty enough, not perky enough. Well I am plenty strong and more than good and I could care less about being pretty or perky, so this year, I am finally standing up to myself. Stop the bullying already! Every time that useless voice comes up, I am going to turn around and flip it the bird. I just did it right now. Feels great. Give it a go.

4. Remember to soak it all in. I remember being a kid during summer break and complaining to my dad that I was bored; nothing to do. He told me to enjoy it while I could because “when you’re older, a year will pass in a blink of the eye”. He got that one right. My life is blessed with so many amazing people and experiences. It is my hope for 2011 that I will remain present in each situation, resting my attention only on what is in front of me, and not the millions of other distractions there are in this fast-paced world. Perhaps then I will actually be able to slow the hands of time, or at least hear the clock ticking.

I’d love to hear some of your resolutions, and how they are going so far.

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2011!



About jaccicollinsyoga

Jacci Collins is a Vancouver-based certified yoga instructor. She has been teaching yoga to all ages and abilities since 2005. Also a professional dancer, she holds a BFA degree in dance from Simon Fraser University, and proudly brings over twenty-five years of movement experience to her yoga practice. Her dance career has taken her as far as Johannesburg, South Africa where she learned the true meaning of compassion and ubuntu, or “brotherly love”. Her yoga practice currently combines vinyasa flow, hatha, meditation and yin postures, with an emphasis on strength and stability. She is a firm believer in the body-mind connection and encourages her students to walk through life with presence and perseverance both on and off the mat.
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One Response to Flipping Myself the Bird and Other New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Gwyn says:

    Ha, I am definitely gonna give my inner critic the bird Jacci… Nice one

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