The Next Essential Excursion February 24 – 26: Out with the Old and in with the New

As you start to decompress from the holidays and mull over those resolutions, consider this blog post for a moment. It is all too common for us to make multiple hard and fast resolutions because we feel both relief and pressure of a new year, and a chance to transform into our best selves. And when we don’t stick to these resolutions, we love to berate ourselves and thus start the circle of never-ending frustrations and self-loathe. Isn’t it lovely to think that we do this to ourselves year in and year out, yet continue to mentally over commit ourselves every January? Did you know that January is actually a very bad time to make these kinds of drastic changes? Not only does it fall right after the hectic holiday season, which leaves most people feeling frazzled and utterly drained, but it’s also winter—cold, dark, dreary winter. When seasonal affective disorder (SAD) hits, it hits hard. Depression, sluggishness, and exhaustion are all common around this time of year, thanks to chilly temperatures and dwindling daylight hours.

‘A 2009 Marist poll found that of the people who made resolutions the previous year, 35 percent ditched them by the year’s end. A study led by Richard Wiseman, professor and author of Quirkology: The Curious Science of Everyday Lives, produced even more dismal results: of the three thousand resolution-making participants Wiseman and his colleagues tracked from the beginning to the end of 2007, only 12 percent of them achieved their goals. When you consider that 52 percent of them felt completely confident at the start of the study about their objectives’ coming to fruition, their ultimate failure seems even sadder. Obviously, people want to succeed, and they often make resolutions with their well-being in mind. For example, the Marist poll showed that weight loss is the most common one among both men and women. But for some reason, trying to make changes like that happen on January 1 seems to actually increase the risk of failure.’  -via Vicki Santillano

Might I suggest a more effective (not to mention enjoyable) way to begin the transformation into your best self? Join us for the next Essential Excursion retreat in Boerne, TX the weekend of February 24 – 26. This is an opportunity for you to put into practice some new habits that will stay with you long after you leave the weekend experience. You will leave feeling restored and ready to take on your life in a new positive way through baby steps of real change. And you will be allowed to celebrate every single step! Even if you aren’t one of those who creates overly ambitious annual lists of resolutions, you will still benefit from a healthy and relaxing weekend where you can enjoy yoga, solitude, relaxing amenities, therapeutic discussions, and eat delicious food for 2 days and 2 nights.

For our February installment, I would like to welcome our newest “Excursion Expert,” Mary Armstrong with MarYoga who will join us next month. Mary is a certified yoga instructor practicing primarily Hatha and Ashtanga. Mary is registered with the Yoga Alliance, and is an eternally fun and gifted human being! We are thrilled that she will guide us through some yoga sessions during the next Essential Excursion.

So bring your resolutions or leave them at home, but do join us for an experience that will surely be worth your year. Visit the registration page to sign up.


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