A Sanskrit word, Sankalpa means, will, resolution, and deepest intentions. How you transition and spend the first day of the New Year can set the foundation for the rest of the year. Transitions are opportunities and gateways to step forth with new energy, intention, with determination toward new goals, and move through obstacles that one may be facing.

Often I begin to contemplate my sankalpa for the New Year a few days/weeks before. What is it that is truly meaningful to me. The best way to know this is to quiet the mind in meditation.

In the past I have chosen one maha (big) intention for the year such as:

  • truthfulness (2011)
  • love (2012)
  • service (2013)
  • mindfulness (2014),
  • swaha – letting go (2015)

My Maha Sankalpa for 2016 is to listen deeply. Listen more inside and listen more to hear others.

My plans going forward are to stay in Cyprus for the time being. I also plan to teach weekly at the seaside, in Limmasol, swim in the ocean, and stay deeply connected to earth and nature.

I invite you to take a few moments of quieting your mind, breathe, and perhaps set your Maha Sankalpa.

As always I will continue to stay in touch and let you know my current offerings.

OM Shanti,
Love, Blessings and Peace,

PS: Michelle is studying Sports Science at a British University called UCLan, and is also teaching yoga there.

PPS: Tobias continues to grow his supplement line in the USA. He currently offers 30 products that support happy and healthy lifestyles. My favourite product is ‘Enlightened Women’. Check out his Facebook page here.

Annette Garcea

Certified Anusara Yoga teacher and Assessor for Certification for the new Anusara School of Hatha Yoga, is on the committee of Ethics representing Canada in the International Community, has taught yoga and Meditation in Canada since 1999 and abroad since 2012.

“I don’t care whether the world’s going to end tomorrow or it’s going to go on forever. What difference does it make to me? I’m still going to do the same thing I do every day which is to love, serve, remember, love, serve, remember, love, serve, remember…” –Ram Dass