Whether you’ve already made a detailed list of New Year’s resolutions or you simply have the desire in mind to improve yourself in 2018, any yogi can start preparing well ahead of January 1st.

Combined with these 5 questions to ask yourself while reflecting on the past year, the following practices have the power to spark some real transformation in you as you say goodbye to 2017. With the right frame of mind, you’ll be able to take on 2018 with a positive outlook and a courageous heart like never before!

Take these last few days of the year to start mentally preparing for the New Year with some of the following practices. You’ll be glad that you did!


Start by Practicing Mindfulness

Try a simple mindfulness meditation practice for just 5 minutes a day up until New Year’s (and beyond that, ideally, too). If you can be totally aware of what you’re doing or thinking while you’re doing/thinking it, you’ll be much more likely to succeed at replacing bad habits and behaviors with good ones.

And even if you can’t bring yourself stop engaging in a bad habit just yet (because let’s face it—the holidays are for indulging!), remember that just being mindful of what you’re doing will help. Over time, mindfulness will naturally lead you to correct your behavior.


Detoxify Your Mind

Mental detoxification and mindfulness go hand in hand. Diet detoxes are huge in January, but mental detoxes are just as important—if not more! Luckily, you don’t necessarily need to give up all those sweets and holiday goodies just yet to get your mental detox on.

Detoxifying the mind is as simple as minimizing things that contribute to overthinking and negative thoughts. Examples include using social media, excessive TV watching, worrying about what other people think of you, and reliving past negative experiences in your mind. Ask yourself, what bad mental habit could you really benefit from minimizing right about now?


Pick a Word That You Want 2018 to Be About

This is a super simple way to get clear about your intentions for the New Year. Think for a minute—if you had to pick a theme for the New Year, what word would represent that theme?

For example, if one of your biggest intentions is to strengthen your relationships and be a kinder person, you could choose the word, “connection,” or “compassion.” Try coming up with a list of words and see which words jump out at you the most if you’re having trouble choosing.


Plan to Take a New Year’s Themed Yoga Class

Many yoga studios hold classes around this time with themes centered around the New Year. Some of these themes might include detoxification, Crown Chakra balancing, or self-exploration—all of which will help you prepare to start the New Year off right.

Take a few moments to check out a local studio’s class schedule and look for a New Year’s class that appeals to you. If one of your resolutions is to start actually taking regular classes, this could be your chance to get a head start!


Happy New Year to you from all of us here at Yogi Surprise! We wish you the best in 2018 and can’t wait to share what we’ve got coming your way over the next year!