Be Here Now & Stick to Your Resolutions

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | January 3rd, 2008 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga

Fat Burning Yoga“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

New Years resolutions are upon us. Some of us no longer sit down and write them out or even give them much thought. Too many times we have been resolute on New Years Day, only to see our determination fade just weeks later.

How do we stick to the changes we want to make within ourselves?

When we have a habit that is tenacious, we build up our determination to overcome it. But through yoga I have realized that determination alone may not be sustainable. It turns into an inner war that zaps your energy quickly.

Thich Nhat Hanh says “Peace is every step.” This implies that we need to be conscious, aware and vigilant each and every moment. It is this awareness in the present moment that leads to skillful action, which leads to sustainable change.

Harnessing your mind into the present is meditation, and leads to renewable energy for your body, mind and soul. Every moment you can shift personal characteristics that have haunted you your entire life, you lift a cloud from your heart and begin to tap into immeasurable and infinite joy that resides in your soul.

Whenever you remember, gently call your mind back to your breath and your body sensations. This recruits all the facets of your being into the here and now. It’s an enduring methodology for the inner change that leads to change in the world.




  1. Hi Rodney,
    I have just recently recieved a copy of your (1997?) Back Care for Beginners VHS tape from my yoga teacher. It’s the one that uses the chair. Both my husband and I (he is 66 and never done yoga before) love this video and are inspired to do it and the Beginners Abs alternating daily. However when I bought the DVD version (2 different ones), neither were the same as the VHS version with the chair. The VHS version is invaluable to older people mainly because of the chair options. I also don’t consider the DVD version by any means beginner and I have practiced yoga on and off for 30 years.

    Basically my question is whether you ever made this exact tape into a DVD. If not I would really hope you would consider doing it (or putting the old Backcare and Abs one together on a DVD. This and the abs video (which is in DVD) are truly your only real beginners videos (waiting to see AM and PM yoga content). The DVD Back care for beginners is too difficult for older beginners. You may want to consider a series for (beginners) 50 and over. There are a lot of us babyboomers who would be interested. The 20 minute sessions are perfect.

    Would love to get your reaction to these questions and suggestions. I still remain a fan. Kathy

    Kathy Knapp | January 30th, 2008 | Comment Permalink

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