Guest blog by Yogasteya member Stephanie Baham
When did it get to be 2015? Well, here we are! Now is the time when we hear about resolutions, new journeys and goals. We hear about 30-day challenges (or any-day challenges for that matter) and we are encouraged to share with our fellow Yogis. It’s kind of difficult to figure out what to do next. Why should you set a goal? How do you set a goal? Do you just speak it into being? Write it down and post it on the bathroom mirror? Let all your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram know? My goodness! The very thought of figuring out a goal is making me tired already!
Please ask yourself…what is a goal? Is it an accomplishment? A wish? A means to another end? One step of many? All of the above? The first step to setting a goal is to know what it means to you. Why do you want to do that 30-day Yoga Challenge you saw on Facebook? What are your expectations at the end of the 30 days? There is no right or wrong answer. If you want to do it to say you did it…then go for it! If you want to have something to do right when you wake up for 30 days and a challenge seems like a great way to achieve that…then go for it! Are you just a huge fan of challenges? Awesome!
What Does a Goal Mean to You?
Ask yourself…. what does a goal mean to you? This is personal!
Some say you should start small. Is that because we have become terrified of failure? It’s important never to forget that you haven’t failed if you’ve learned something along the way. Did you attend that advanced Vinyasa class when the Restorative session was more your speed? That’s ok! Now you know. Now you can make informed choices. Don’t be afraid to set the wrong goal. If you think it’s not right for you, you can always change it. And you will probably think of a much better goal.
At the beginning of most yoga classes we hear “set your intention for the practice”. I’m usually thinking to myself: “Intention? I’m just glad I managed to drag myself here after a long day at work. Now I have to think of an intention? I intend to try and stay awake during Savasansa, how’s that?!” But seriously, sometimes I just think to myself…”I simply intend to enjoy this“. There’s no reason to put pressure on yourself. Just simply…enjoy.
What is an Intention?
Ask yourself this…what is an intention? Is it your reason for being there? Is it what motivates you to come to your mat and practice? Intentions can be big or small, just like goals. Think about what it means to set your intention for a yoga practice. Sometimes it’s ok start without an intention. You just might find one in the middle of that 5th Plank pose. “I intend not to groan or curse out loud….”
Keep it Personal!
Setting and achieving a goal should be fulfilling and inspiring. And if you don’t feel like setting a goal right now, then don’t. We come onto the yoga mat not only to practice, but also to be still. We don’t always have to be “doing something”. So, take your time with goal setting and intentions and make sure you’re staying true to yourself. Remember to keep it personal – this is a self-care practice after all!
Stephanie Baham is a 44 year old woman born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Stephanie is currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Outside of her 9-5 job as an insurance agent, she enjoys Yoga, Tarot, film, books and yummy dining. Her Yoga journey as a plus-sized woman ranges from taking small classes to attending conferences to practicing at huge outdoor events. She has an interest in all types of Yoga and her dream is to teach one day. To learn more about Stephanie and her yoga journey, be sure to follow her on Facebook.