Teacher Musings: Niyati Shah

Welcome to 2014!

The new year is often associated with goal-setting, re-setting, and resolutions. Over the years, I stopped setting resolutions. Why? Not because I didn’t have things I wanted to accomplish, but because I realized that I felt an inauthentic pressure to achieve them. It seemed that the focus was more on fixing something about myself and less about supporting what I wanted to grow.

Intentions on the other hand, come from a deep rooted desire. When I intend something, that energy is real – and it’s the action or act that ultimately counts, rather than the end-game goal. For me, intentions allow freedom and creativity – I don’t stress about the ‘how’ and trust more in building and building on the intention energy I have set – whether it is to be grateful, healthy, joyous etc. Intention is more connected to motivation for me, and that is the power behind transformation.


In addition to intention setting, one of the other new year’s rituals I have is re-reading books that help to focus my energy. I have a handful, and an excerpt of one in particular I’d like to share with you. If you’ve been in my classes, you may have heard bits and pieces of this list – and if it resonates with you I recommend checking out the entire book – it’s a quick read. The Right Questions (by Debbie Ford) gives a list or a framework of questions to ask yourself before making decisions of any kind. I find it helpful to align my authentic energy – which helps me clarify my intentions as well!

Do you have any new year rituals? I’d love to hear!




From The Right Questions, By Debbie Ford
1. Will this choice propel me toward an inspiring future or will it keep me stuck in the past?
2. Will this choice bring me long-term fulfillment or will it bring me short-term gratification?
3. Am I standing in my power or am I trying to please another?
4. Am I looking for what’s right or am I looking for what’s wrong?
5. Will this choice add to my life force or will it rob me of my energy?
6. Will I use this situation as a catalyst to grow and evolve or will I use it to beat myself up?
7. Does this choice empower me or does it disempower me?
8. Is this an act of self-love or is it an act of self-sabotage?
9. Is this an act of faith or is it an act of fear?
10. Am I choosing from my divinity or am I choosing from my humanity?

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