Once an intention and desire is placed in the mind to be fulfilled it becomes a resolution. Use this technique to decide your new year’s resolutions. Yoga teaches that the framing of a resolution, the pathway to your intentions and desires being fulfilled should be for the highest good of yourself and others. An archer doesn’t focus on missing the target; he focuses on hitting the target. Instead of “I don’t want to overeat and be unhealthy,” use the affirmative “I eat to enjoy abundant vitality and nourish my body, mind, and spirit.” The positive resolution of our intentions and desires will make all of the difference in their fulfillment.
Yoga Pose with Claire!
- Sit comfortably in your chair. Breathe in and out through your nostrils 6-9 times, full, deep belly breaths.
- Sit toward the front of your chair and interlace your fingers. Press your palms up toward the sky while inhaling.
- Exhaling, reach over to the right. Relax your head between your arms.
- Inhale. Come back to the center and then exhale to the left. Repeat 6-9 times.
- Come back to the center rest your hands in your lap, breathing easy and receiving the benefits of the pose.
- Lengthens the muscles around the spine and hips.
- Nourishes and massages the liver and kidneys.
- Increases blood flow to the heart and lungs.
- Lengthens the muscles around the shoulder and chest.
- If you have discomfort or pain in your shoulders, keep your arms down.
- Avoid this pose if you have herniated disks.
- Do what is most nourishing for your mind, body, and soul.
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Claire Diab is an internationally recognized Yoga therapist. She is the director of the Yoga Program for the Chopra Center founded by Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. David Simon. She is an adjunct professor of Asian Studies at Seton Hall University. She is the author of several books and DVDs on Yoga including “Yoga For Firefighters.”
Dennis Boyle is a retired fire director and acting chief with the West Orange (NJ) Fire Department. He was the recipient of the 1999 New Jersey Deputy Fire Chiefs “Fire Officer of the Year” award.