This post is from my 2012 New Year’s message to my students.

Dear Student,

I hope you are well and enjoying your holiday season. I am always aware that without you I would not have the opportunity to do what I so enjoy doing. Thank you for your enthusiasm and support.

This has been a year of change for me and my teaching practice. Because of your interest I have expanded my Posture and Yoga Therapy practice to include the Jewish Community Center in Woodbridge in addition to my longstanding classes there and my presence in Guilford Connecticut.

I have involved so many of you more than ever in asking for your thoughts about the changes I have made to my website, blog this newsletter and in my teaching. For your gracious feedback I thank you. Please continue offering your ideas about how I can continue to meet your needs as we move forward.

Changing with Heart

The New Year celebration for many can come a sort of reckoning with how things have gone over the year. It is for many a time to re-orient us to our relationships, our personal and working lives and ourselves. For many this leads us to develop resolutions designed to bring us toward our aims and hopes for the year to come.

It is a paradox central to Yoga that the ability to make headway in our intentions to change our self defeating habits can begin with the deep acceptance of ourselves. Yogis remind us that to struggle, to judge yourself or others, or to ache or long for something apart from us is the product of our limited selves. Whether we are seeking some attainment in our Yoga or meditation practice or we are struggling with ourselves in some aspect of our lives, freedom from this struggle can be just a shift away. This shift is in cultivating a compassionate approach toward ourselves. It can be the simplest, most precious and most important product of our practices. I believe even moments living from within this change of mind through heart centered practice can offer the foundation to achieve all the other goals we seek most fully, freely and completely.

This coming year I encourage you to give yourself a window into the joy that is possible with the compassionate practice of Yoga and Meditation.

In this spirit I invite you to take a quiet moment to reflect upon these moving words from Swami Kripalu, guru of the founder of Kripalu Center. From the moment I first heard them over 20 years ago I felt they expressed eloquently the most miraculous possibilities of compassionate Yoga practice.

“My beloved child, break your heart no longer.  Each time you judge yourself, you break your own heart. You stop feeding on the love, which is the wellspring of your vitality. The time has come. Your time. To live. To celebrate, and to see the goodness that you are… Do not fight the dark. Just turn on the light. Let go, and breathe into the goodness that you are.”

By Swami Kripalu

I look forward to seeing you in class or in our community. I wish all the best for you and your family in the coming year. Thank you again so very much for your support these many years!

Namaste and Sat Nam! Alan – See more at: