A New Year, a New Intention. {Video}

Via Carly Mountain
on Dec 14, 2013
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As we come to the end of the year, it can be a time to reflect on how we are living.

My old choreography teacher, Athina Vahla used to repeatedly ask us, “What is your intention?” In my mind, what she was asking was clear—pay attention to every detail and embody it. My brain was onboard, but my body was separate.

We live in a world that is hell bent on consuming itself in the pursuit of happiness. Wasting resources, raping the planet. There is a lot of separation and sadly little economy. We leave lights on, cook too much food, waste is a big part of our lives and we are actively encouraged in our grab bag, three for two lifestyle to do it. Leaving us “fed up” and “pre-occupied”.

And our answer is often to fill up more, eat fast food, have a cigarette, buy meaningless gifts, look for the quick fix, thereby perpetuating the cycle. If we cannot be compassionate and connect to ourselves, how can we be compassionate to others or our environment?

So, What is your intention?

Walk the talk.

Consumerism or compassion?

Having or happiness?

Resignation or revolution?

Ignorance or illumination?

Selfishness or sharing?

Trash or truth?

Money or mindfulness?

Apathy or action?

Separation or synergy?

We (myself included!!) must empty more, use less…give a hug, a cake, a poem or even share this 3 minute video…


“To one established in non-stealing, all wealth comes” ~ Patanjali sutra 2:37


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About Carly Mountain

Carly Mountain is a teacher and student of yoga. She teaches from her studio Yoga Boutique Sheffield in Yorkshire, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. From a creative background, Carly has studied a wealth of movement practices. But it is yoga that has really unraveled her. "Through daily practice we begin to realise there is nothing to add but plenty to drop. In teaching I aim to nurture, show and inspire people to dare to move, feel, share, laugh, sometimes fall over. Why not!?...we are only here for a short time. And I am celebrating!" Carly loves marrying together words and pictures, for more info you can connect with Carly on Facebook, Twitter or via her website.


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