What I learnt in Geraldton about new year’s resolutions

What I learnt in Geraldton about new year’s resolutions

Wiggy reminded me that a regular practice gradually and unsuspectingly takes you to places you might never have imagined possible.

Geraldton beach

I spent a week of the festive season in Geraldton. Most people ask “Why Geraldton?” and if you haven’t been there for some years you may be pleasantly surprised by how the city has changed: there are new cafes, a beautiful town beach with well-frequented sprinklers for the kids and an active community of social entrepreneurs.

There is also a yoga teacher called Wiggy who has been teaching Iyengar yoga for thirty years. Wiggy is a decade or two older than me and yet her strength and vigour far outpaces mine. We practiced together overlooking the Indian Ocean and I was inspired by her fluid bendbacks and perfect arm balances.

Wiggy reminded me that a regular practice gradually and unsuspectingly takes you to places you might never have imagined possible.

Whichever practices you choose to welcome this year, enjoy the periods of ebb and flow on your journey. Whether you introduce exercise, healthy habits, building a business or cultivating a new mindset, periods where there seems to be no progress are part of the process.

Persevering in times when the results are not obvious is often when we learn the most. When the heady highs of new year good intentions have dropped away and we keep going regardless, we often find that the results we expected to see are only the tip of the iceberg.

What begins as a practice to heal the body or calm the mind suddenly and unsuspectingly reveals something about our relationship with ourselves and the world.

(Listen to Yoga podcast 4: measuring progress on and off the mat)

Find Wiggy when you’re next in Geraldton on 9938 2393 and enjoy an Iyengar-based yoga class. Say I sent you 🙂

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