One of the funniest things about living in New Orleans is hearing how everyone contends with their New Year’s resolutions. There seems to be a common pattern of intense commitment followed by guilt for not having followed through, which is followed by relief and a healthy sense of self-irony in knowing that Mardi Gras is right around the corner and that those same resolutions can easily be pushed back until Lent. But I suspect that the same cycle of inner turmoil is destined to repeat itself if we continue to think of the word resolution as being synonymous with will power. If I am relying exclusively on will power to motivate my actions, then I am creating an inward division between an “I” who knows better and a wayward “me” who can never measure up. And this feeling of being split is the source of a tremendous amount of psychological sorrow. However, when I think of resolution as meaning something like clarification or illumination, as in the optical sense, then I feel immediately at ease because the commitment that I am making is essentially to a state of inner listening and wholeness. The beauty of the yoga practice is that it fosters this type of resolution by encouraging you to go inside and feel where and how the body needs to move in order to be balanced. It is a marvelous method for self-care and self-renewal.
Each of our new releases was designed to help get your body’s energy moving more freely. The three newest additions to the Encyclopedia of 50 Essential Poses are all abdominal twists that promote detoxification and relieve stiffness in the lower back. Then in Back to Basics 2 you will learn a detailed, yet highly accessible way of grounding through your feet in order to generate greater stability and lightness throughout the whole rest of your body. We know that it takes a small dose of resolution (in the determination sense) just to show up for yourself on the mat, but hopefully our commitment to delivering high-quality instructional videos has made it easier and more convenient for you to do just that. Hope you enjoy!