Tips for a balanced 2014

Tips for a balanced 2014 via Ali Cramer for Breathe Repeat.
Ayurveda expert Ali Cramer (right) shares tips for a balanced 2014.
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We’re a few days into 2014, but it’s not too late to set resolutions and start fresh. Yoga teacher and Ayurveda expert Ali Cramer shares a few tips on how to make the most out of your New Year’s resolutions with Breathe Repeat.

I firmly believe that resolutions can be made at ANY time of the year – we can ALWAYS begin again! – but New Year’s is a very charged time, and in Ayurveda, we are always trying to acknowledge the sacredness of the seasons and holidays. This week I’m giving a few tips to do just that, and ways to go even deeper if you have some free time in your schedule over the next week. These tips should help us start off 2014 balanced and healthy in mind body and soul!

1) Make Space For 2014

Hanukkah or Christmas presents you can’t use? Get them out of the house. Make space. Donate them to your local Goodwill, Salvation Army, or Housing Works. Got more time? Go through your closets, donate clothes that are no longer part of who you are TODAY. While you’re at it, throw out anything ripped, stained, or losing elastic (old yoga tops, anyone?)

2) Light It, Blow On It & Smoke It

Smudge your house. I’ve mentioned this ritual before - it’s such a great way to clear any stuck energy. Buy a white sage bundle (you can get it at Whole Foods or a health food store), and light it. Blow on it gently to get it smoking, and go around your whole house with it, waving it over walls. Open the doors, the cabinets, the closets and smudge it all! Wave it over the faucets and drains. Got more time? Scrub your floors and clean your oven and organize your kitchen cabinets. 

Get all of Ali’s tips over at Breathe Repeat.

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