LIVE WELL: Let’s get back into the yoga groove

JENNIFER MULSON Updated: December 26, 2012 at 12:00 am • Published: December 26, 2012

When last we met, I left you in utkatasana, chair pose. If you’re still holding it, take a child’s pose already!

That was my last “Live Well” column for The Gazette a year ago. My apologies — your thighs must be quivering, yet admirably strong.

Namaste!

I returned to The Gazette earlier this month as the arts and entertainment reporter after spending the past year as managing editor of Marmapoints, a local yoga, health and wellness magazine. I will once again pen my old column, only every other week as it will alternate with the strong arm — Milo Bryant. I hope to provide a softer counterpoint to his “Tough Mudder” fitness approach, though as yogis everywhere know, yoga is often no cake walk at the county fair.

Let’s chat about the new year. One week from today is our mutually agreed upon clean slate. Many of you likely will recommit to better health habits.

I recently read online about working with a so-called “bad” habit. It doesn’t work to try to change the habit. What does work is to create a new habit and repeat it as often as possible. Every time you do, it gets grooved a bit deeper into the brain and eventually you will gravitate to the new, healthier habit instead of the old, detrimental choice.

May I suggest a new way to groove New Year’s Eve into your noggin? Kim Miller, a local Kundalini yoga teacher, decided the city needed a drug- and alcohol-free event and organized a Cosmic Yoga Slumber Party at Marmalade at Smokebrush.

Yes, a slumber party. Bring your sleeping pad, air mattress or simply a sleeping bag and pillow. And no, you don’t have to stay the night. But if you do, there is a 4:30 a.m. Kundalini sadhana (morning practice) followed by breakfast.

I see those wide eyes now. Don’t worry, the early wake-up call is also optional.

“You could sleep right through it and you still get the same vibe,” Miller says. “It’s just being in the room.”

The party starts at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 31, but you can drop in for just a yoga class or the ecstatic dance at midnight, followed by a yoga nidra. There will be partner yoga, Thai massage and a potluck. Plus, during a restorative yoga class, Hannah Beachy from Springs Community Acupuncture will give acupuncture treatments.

I am giving much thought to beginning the year with a yoga hangover, as Miller puts it, though I have my doubts about staying up late enough to see the midnight fireworks on Pikes Peak, as is the plan.

Whatever new groove or habit you decide to enforce, may you enter the new year with grace and health-conscious, rosy-cheeked intentions.

Mulson’s column appears biweekly in Health and Wellness.

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