You Are Wintering (Don’t Set New Years Resolutions)

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According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, you wouldn’t set New Year Resolutions.

Winter is the yin-est of the Yin. So in a yin time of year, the element for winter is water. And this time of year is meant to be a time of year when you go inward. Where you slow down, where you cozy up and where you go inside. So it’s meant to be more reflective.

You’re meant to be more introverted, meant to sleep more, meant to cozy up more, um, and to be more reflective. And so winter is the perfect time to get out journals, read books, you know, drink tea, stay warm, sleep more, rest more. Go inward and actually notice as you go inward, start daydreaming and checking in with your soul.

So when we’re in the winter season, we want to be wintering. And New Year’s,

as on the Western calendar, is still very much winter. January 1st is winter time. So it is not the time to be doing spring-type energy things like planning envisioning and goal setting that’s for springtime. So in traditional Chinese medicine and Taoism springtime is the time when we have this burst of energy where we can envision and we can create new things and we can plant seeds and we can get really active and start setting goals and we can hustle a little bit more.


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Nyk Danu Yoga: Hi, Yinnes, and welcome back to A Yin Yoga. Podcast

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Nyk Danu Yoga: if you’re listening to this. live as it releases which would be, I believe. December 28, 2023

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Nyk Danu Yoga: then you might be surprised to be getting this episode because I had just mentioned in my

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Nyk Danu Yoga: share the love series at the end of season one that I was taking a little bit of a break. and I will be. But sometimes we just spontaneously get an idea that we want to share. And this is one of those ideas

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Nyk Danu Yoga: before I get into today’s topic. And this will be a brief one.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: I just want to mention. If you are new around here, welcome to a Yin Yoga Podcast if you have been a repeat listener.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: If you’re on Apple, you could also leave a written review. I would really appreciate that

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Nyk Danu Yoga: those little, you know 3 three-minute thing that you can do really help the podcast to grow. So the more sort of ratings and reviews, the podcast gets the more likely it is to show up when other people are searching for it.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: And that’s a way that we can continue to do the podcast and to grow it. So I would be super grateful. Just take a minute. Right now

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Nyk Danu Yoga: pause this. jump into your app.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: give it 5 stars if you can give it a written review, too. That would be a bonus.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: And I would be super thankful for that. Okay. the other thing to mention is that if you are a Yoga teacher and you are looking to train in Yen Yoga, whether that’s the first time, or whether you are looking to expand on your Yen Yoga teaching.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: I have a 60+ hour at the time of this recording Yin therapeutic yin Yoga teacher training program. It is nervous system based. and it is therapeutic with a focus on being accessible and steeped in traditional Chinese medicine.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: It looks at Yin Yoga and teaching Yin Yoga through a therapeutic lens, Therapeutic Yoga lens, but then also incorporates traditional Chinese medicine and Taoism. If you want more about that, there is a link in the show notes, you can click on that link. If you just scroll to the bottom of the page and enter your name and email, then you will be added to the wait list for that training.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So I let people know on the wait list first when there’s a new training scheduled. And there’s also an early registration. Discount. That you get as well

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Nyk Danu Yoga: when you’re on the list, and that does not happen

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Nyk Danu Yoga: on social media or anywhere else. It’s only for folks on the list. so join the waitlist. If you want to learn more about my training as they come up.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: if you are either a teacher or a member of the public, and you would like to join me for some regular seasonal Yoga classes on Zoom

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Nyk Danu Yoga: yin Yoga classes, please. I would love to have you. There’s also a link for that as well. And again, same thing. If we’re currently in a session. It’s not a drop-in. It’s a registered semester, a series that’s a seasonal theme.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So if we are currently in session, just make sure you go down to the bottom of the page again. There’s a little banner there. You can enter your name and email.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: then you will be on the list to find out when registration opens, and you’ll also get some other little sweet bonuses in your inbox from me.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Okay, that’s enough of the housekeeping stuff.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So I was inspired to do this episode. and this one is not going to be super evergreen.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So at the time of this recording, when you’re getting this, this will be in December of 2023. If you’re listening to this later, this will still apply. But the date for Chinese New Year might be different. Okay, so

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Nyk Danu Yoga: I’m going to call this episode something like why you shouldn’t create New Year’s resolutions.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So let me get into that. So

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Nyk Danu Yoga: in Western culture, because we’re on a solar calendar. For some reason, there’s all this pressure on the calendar, The New Year of the 30, first to the first to have all these New Year’s resolutions and to change our whole life.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: And there’s so much pressure on that. And 99% of them fail.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So there are a few reasons why they fail. Number one. You haven’t cleared space.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: You’ve added new habits, but you haven’t removed things that aren’t serving you

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Nyk Danu Yoga: so that you have the space to do new things. So that’s one reason.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Another reason that these fail is because

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Nyk Danu Yoga: you’re picking unrealistic goals.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and you don’t realize how long it takes to create a habit. Now there’s not. I’m not going to go into sort of

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Nyk Danu Yoga: brain science and habits and stuff like that in this, but just know that it takes time to build habits. and that they need to be built slowly.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So expecting your whole life to change on a certain date in the winter, just because you feel the pressure to come up with these New Year’s resolutions and to change everything about your life that isn’t working.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: This is why we have such a low success rate with resolutions in general. So that’s what I’m really why I’m going to dive into this, though I’m not really here today to talk about

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Nyk Danu Yoga: why, we’re not successful.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: What I want to talk about is why maybe you shouldn’t do New Year’s resolutions.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So I’ll come at this from a few angles, and the final one will be from a Traditional Chinese medicine lens.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So one reason that we shouldn’t do New Year’s resolutions again, is because we have not cleared the space in our life to bring in new habits. We haven’t created these habits slowly in a bite size amounts so that we can be successful with them.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and we can stick to them. And then they just become part of how we live our lives. The other problem is, that people pick too many things, thinking that they are going to change a whole bunch of things that they have on a list

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Nyk Danu Yoga: in your life

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Nyk Danu Yoga: is unrealistic, puts way too much pressure on you, and then you just end up feeling shitty when you don’t actually manage to do it.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions period the end full. Stop! Why. I think it’s far more effective

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Nyk Danu Yoga: to resolve to make a change in your life when you notice that it is an issue. not waiting until your birthday or New Year’s, or some specific date.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Here’s an example for myself.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: I’m not very good at drinking water. I’ll be honest. I don’t like water. I’m really good at drinking it. If it’s carbonated, I’m good at drinking it

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Nyk Danu Yoga: better at drinking it if I put a little lemon and a little ginger in it, but plain straight-up water. It’s awful for me.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: I never wanna do it. It’s not a habit. I don’t crave it. I just. It just isn’t part of my life. It’s not something I feel drawn to. And so if I’m going to create the habit of drinking more water.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: I’m really going to have to be smart about how I create that habit so that I can actually be successful with it.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So, for example, I might find ways in my case to make water more appealing, so that I actually want to drink it.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Thus the carbonation. Thus the lemon and ginger.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: I might

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Nyk Danu Yoga: put little reminders in my home to remind me to do my water in the morning. So, for example, on my mirror in my bathroom, I wrote in dry, erase marker H20.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Because what’s the first thing I do when I get up in the morning I go into the bathroom, and I go pee, and then when I stand up at the sink. there’s the mirror saying, Don’t forget water.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Get your water, get your water brew ready in your big huge jars so that you can sip it throughout the day. So you have to make these habits

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Nyk Danu Yoga: doable small byte size. You have to make them easy for you, and you have to have reminders in order to be successful in creating new habits.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So one of the reasons that I don’t think anyone should make New Year’s resolutions is because, if you need to resolve to change something in your life, you should resolve to change it when you notice that you need to change it, not wait for New Year’s, and then pile a bunch of resolutions on and feel bad about yourself if you don’t do them all because they were either unrealistic or there were too many of them. But you didn’t create these little bite-sized ways to kind of get that habit into your life.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So that’s one reason why I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. The other reason is, that this comes from a Chinese medicine perspective.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: If you’re not familiar. The concept of Yin and Yang are Chinese concepts, they are connected to Taoism.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So within that lens of Tcm. And Taoism. The seasons themselves all have a certain degree of Yin or Yang nature. To them. So, for example.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: spring is more young than winter.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Summer is more young than spring. Fall is more yin-like than summer.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and then winter is the yinnest of the yin.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So in a yin time of year.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: The element of winter is water.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and this time of year is meant to be a time of year. Where you go inward.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: where you slowed out. where you cozy up and where you go inside. So it’s meant to be more reflective. You’re meant to be more introverted.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: meant to sleep more to coze up more and to be more reflective.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: And so winter is the perfect time to get out. Journals

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Nyk Danu Yoga: read books.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: you know, drink tea, stay warm sleep, more, rest, more.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: go inward, and actually notice.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: as you go inward. start daydreaming and checking in with your soul.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So when we’re in the winter season we want to be wintering.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and New Year’s.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: as on the Western calendar is still very much winter. January first is winter time. so it is not the time to be

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Nyk Danu Yoga: doing spring-type energy things like planning, envisioning and goal setting.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: That’s for springtime.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So in traditional Chinese medicine and Taoism, springtime is the time when we

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Nyk Danu Yoga: have this burst of energy, where we can envision. And we can create new things. And we can plant seeds, and we can get really active and start setting goals, and we can hustle a little bit more

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Nyk Danu Yoga: right. That is the energy of spring.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Even if you look at nature

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Nyk Danu Yoga: in the winter things rest.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: they get quiet. Look at the animals. lots of them hibernate right? So winter is supposed to be a time of less activity.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: going inward, reflecting

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Nyk Danu Yoga: soul, searching soulfulness and rest. And since January 1, for those of us in the northern hemisphere is still very much winter.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: That is not the time to be creating new habits. to be pushing and striving and efforting and hustling.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: to be more physically active. not saying you can’t be active in winter, but there’s a softness to it.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: That time of year is springtime.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So if you are looking at the current calendar for 2024

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Chinese New Year is actually Saturday, February 10, 2024, so

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Nyk Danu Yoga: it would do us a good to winter all the way up

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Nyk Danu Yoga: to February.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and then in at February tenth. is when you can, just in a very gentle way start to maybe start to envision

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Nyk Danu Yoga: start to plant some ideas for goals and things that you want to work on in the spring.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So winter is about rest

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Nyk Danu Yoga: when we hit February 10. That’s the Chinese lunar calendar, and that’s their New Year. Now we might start to pull out our journals and be like, okay

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Nyk Danu Yoga: in the fall. I’ve let go. You may have missed the fall. That’s OK. You can do it next time. Let go. Of all the things that don’t serve me. I’ve released things. I’ve let go of things in the winter I get soulful. I go inward.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: I journal, I ask myself soulful questions. I figure out what it is that I want from my life and what it is that I want from the next year. What didn’t work from last year? All of that is soulful.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: excavating and unearthing happen in the wintertime and resting. and then in the spring, we go hard with the goals. so

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Nyk Danu Yoga: as of February 10.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: That could be the time when you now start taking just your sort of journaling and your

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Nyk Danu Yoga: you know, sole prompts. And you actually turn them into, okay, what do I want to create for 2024? What do I want to do in my business?

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Nyk Danu Yoga: in my life, in my hobbies, with my family, with connections. What do I want to create? What seeds do I want to plant? What do I want to envision?

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Maybe this is a good time. If you do vision boarding to slowly, not necessarily dive right into the vision board, we can still wait a little bit more for maybe March for that. But maybe you start kind of collecting images if you vision board things like that right?

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So February tenth. starting slowly, slowly to be like, Okay, what do I want? What seeds do I want to plant in the spring?

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So we don’t plant the seeds in the winter, I mean, I know there are those of you who are gardening experts who are going to argue with me, but, generally speaking.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: winter is the rest time. And then in the spring, we’re going to plant the seeds.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: That’s when our growth takes off. That’s when we really can start to work towards our goals and our visions, and our passions and our habits. That’s the time to create new habits.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So I would still recommend that you create habits slowly in bite-sized doses so that you don’t get overwhelmed.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and if in the fall you didn’t clear some space cause, let’s face it. Most of us have a busy calendar, so if in the fall you didn’t clear out, you didn’t let go

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Nyk Danu Yoga: of things that aren’t serving. You let things go. Then in the spring. You won’t have the space, so you may have to take a few minutes to let go.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: You take all of the gold that you’ve gleamed

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Nyk Danu Yoga: from your journaling, from your time, from your rest in the winter, from your soul, excavations from your

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Nyk Danu Yoga: heartfelt intentions, then writing things down, and

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Nyk Danu Yoga: all of that. And then in the spring, you start to plant those seeds.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So

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Nyk Danu Yoga: as human beings, we no longer work in cycles with nature because we have electricity.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and so we just keep

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Nyk Danu Yoga: going all year all the time.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: And this is part of the reason why, culturally, we’re so sick. We need time to go inward to rest and

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Nyk Danu Yoga: to take these same cycles as nature. So whenever you’re confused about

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Nyk Danu Yoga: what should I be doing right now? You know, with my life, with my energy. What is nature doing? And I realize those of you who aren’t in the Northern Hemisphere are listening to this when you’re in the exact opposite season.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: so you can save this. You can bookmark it, for when you are in wintertime.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and then you can do your wintering.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: But I just wanted to talk a little bit about this today, because I think that there’s so much pressure on us to

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Nyk Danu Yoga: create all of these unrealistic goals

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Nyk Danu Yoga: around New Year’s and to change our whole life, and to be the best person that we can be. And all of these things.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So first of all. look at the energy of why you want to create these changes.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Be realistic about it. Make your habit slow and bite-size.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and maybe January first isn’t the time to do them. because in January.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: for those in the northern hemisphere we are wintering.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: We should be resting. soul, searching.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: nurturing ourselves, going inward. It’s a great time to deep dive into things like, what do I want? What doesn’t serve me?

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Nyk Danu Yoga: What nourishes me?

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Things like that. You can even plan what changes you want to make. But you don’t start making them in the winter.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: That’s the time to just excavate and nurture. So I’m going to share this one reading with you before we close out here.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and this is by a poem. It’s by Donna Ashworth, who is if you’re a Yoga teacher. Her poems are lovely for classes.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and I will link to her website in the show notes.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So what if you just didn’t do your New Year’s resolutions? And you just use that time instead in the winter to winter. so that in the spring you have your lists of things you want to do, and then you’re ready

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Nyk Danu Yoga: to envision, to start planting seeds to create. There’s that movement up that growth energy that happens in the spring.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Okay, here’s the reading.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: It’s called Wintering by Donna Ashworth.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: You may think yourself lazy. flawed. yet your body is made

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Nyk Danu Yoga: of almost exactly the same elements as the stars. Your bone composition matches the coral reefs in the seas. and you, my friend, are ruled by the moon and the sun.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: whether you like it or not.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So no, you are not lazy.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Nature is simply pulling you to slow

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Nyk Danu Yoga: like the life. the flowers, and the fauna around you.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: It is not your moment to rise. it is winter. you are wintering.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and you are right on time.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Okay, friends. just a short

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Nyk Danu Yoga: little snippet, for in between, on the break

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Nyk Danu Yoga: I will be coming back with new episodes in January. and I look forward to connecting with you then and again if you haven’t had a chance to rate

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Nyk Danu Yoga: the podcast. I would be so grateful if you would take a moment to rate it and give it a review. And if you’re interested in my teacher training or my Zoom classes, there are links for all of that in episode show notes.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: And you can also follow me on Instagram. I created a new account just for the podcast it’s

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Nyk Danu Yoga: at Yin Yoga. Podcast so if you want to check that out, follow me there! That would be great, I also have my own profile, which is at Nick Danny Yoga, so we can connect on Instagram. Feel free to send me a DM. Let me know what you’ve been thinking about the show and anything

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Nyk Danu Yoga: thoughts you may have about future episodes.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Okay, friends, please take a break.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Allow yourself to winter. and I will talk to you soon.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: bye, for now.



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