WWA Yoga Focus January: Finding Compassion through Practice


Welcome to the new year!

Like millions of other Americans, you’ve probably been thinking about changes you would like to make in your life in the new year. This time of the year inspires us to reflect on our lives. On what we’d like to change, what we can do better, what we want this year to be all about. We resolve to do better, be better, live better.


When used as an action, resolve means to decide firmly on a course of action. We might resolve to eat better, move more, or have better relationships with those you love. But what happens when life gets in the way of this resolve? When we don’t have time to make a healthy meal, to attend a class, or tend to those that we love most? The beginning of the year can be a great time of reflection and plotting a course of action, but we are often setting ourselves up for hard times and big feelings when our lives don’t support our resolutions.

Every year, it seems, it’s the same story. We start out strong with our resolutions of change in the new year and then things slip a little. Our resolutions fade into the background of our very busy lives and habit takes over. It’s easy, when this happens, to be hard on yourself. Why can’t you maintain what seems like a simple change?

What if, instead of resolving to be something or someone different, we instead could love ourselves as we are: as imperfect human beings trying to live the best lives we can in this complicated world?

By showing compassion to ourselves, we can move forward with a change not from a place of shame or lack, but rather from a strong foothold of already being a good enough person who is thoughtfully engaged in the process of self exploration. A person engaged in being the best person they can be while knowing there will be mistakes made and lessons learned. A person who understands that these mistakes and lessons are all part of being better humans.

Perhaps, in the new year, hard headed resolve can be replaced with a sense of self-compassion as we bumble through this beautiful life.

A life where we do the work of continually showing up and being in the company of others working through the same struggles. A life where we seek good company in a non-judgmental environment that can help foster compassion not only for ourselves, but for everyone.

One of the benefits of yoga is that it provides the space to understand ourselves more deeply, outside and in. The act of coming to class with a clear intention of compassion for yourself as you walk through this hard and beautiful life can be revolutionary. Throughout our January yoga classes, we'll be exploring poses and themes that inspire compassion, that allow for self reflection and help us dive a little further into our best selves. There is something really powerful about practicing this sort of self-compassion with other like-minded individuals in good community. We hope you'll join us as we move forward into this new year.

Check out our schedule for opportunities to practice together. Our new yoga schedules starts January 1st.




Written by Amanda Barp

Amanda Barp is co-founder of Watershed Wellness, a licensed massage therapist with 10+ years experience, a registered yoga teacher with a passion for learning and teaching about the human body & how to feel at home in it.