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I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. Mostly because surveys suggest that at least 80% of them fail, usually by mid-February. Also because I need at least eight hours of sleep, so kicking off an effort for improvement the day after I stay up until midnight is never a good idea!
That said, January does feel like a natural time for reflection. I like to think back on the past year and plan for the one ahead. Looking back at 2020, my achievements looked different. They didn’t involve picking up a new hobby, taking a yoga training, or doing a race (running is my other yoga). Most days, I just getting through the day felt like a win. But I’m ok with that. As a type-A, goals-oriented person, reframing achievement as survival is itself a success.
Heading into 2021, I’m trying to marry my old definition of achievement with this new perspective. I want to hit my career goals, but have tempered them because helping my elementary-age daughters with their e-learning is also important. I’m playing with the idea of running a half-marathon, but I’m taking a gentler approach. I’m stretching out my training over a longer period and taking more rest days. Instead of aiming to cook a healthy meal from scratch for my family every night, I’m empowering my husband and 11-year-old to share the task—and we’ve all agreed that adding veggies to our take-out pizza counts too.
Whatever you want to achieve in 2021, I hope that Yoga Journal—and our new Active Pass membership—can help you get there.
Yoga Journal Challenges and Courses
If prioritizing your wellness is top of mind, participate in our first-ever members-only challenge. Led by On Being Human author Jen Pastiloff, this 10-day Self-Care Challenge will teach you how to recognize and own your awesomeness (because yes, you are amazing!) through daily videos, meditations, and asana flows.
Need to reconnect to your meditation habit to find clarity and peace? Your Active Pass membership gives you access to YJ’s Meditation Master Class course led by ISHTA yoga founder Alan Finger. If improving your flexibility is on your 2021 bucket list, take yoga teacher Derrick “DJ” Townsell’s Yoga for Strength and Flexibility course—it’s also part of your membership.
If you want to eat healthier or build strength, we’ve got you covered there, too. Active Pass members get healthy meal plans and more than 8,000 delicious recipes from our sister titles Clean Eating and Vegetarian Times. Their 25-day Go Vegetarian Boot Camp is filled with easy, filling recipes for vegetarians while those who eat a little meat can learn to cook creative, protein-packed meals. Fitness classes (including a 28-day program for getting big results in not a lot of time and 2 months of adaptable workouts) from Oxygen magazine will help you feel your physical best.
As we launch even more exclusive members-only content in 2021 (developing it is one of my work goals!), you’ll be the first to gain access to them. We hope that you join us by becoming a member. It’s going to be a great year!