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Happy New Year!!! January 1st is a fresh start to a brand new year, and it can be full of resolutions and changes that we think we need to make about ourselves. This year rather than looking at what I want to fix about myself I am starting the year off with gratitude.

Happiness comes from being grateful. Thanksgiving isn’t the only time of year that we need to set aside time to be thankful.

Even if you have already made resolutions for the New Year take a few minutes today to thank yourself and those important in your life in 2013.

Live Light Practice:

Before the first day of 2014 is over set aside time to reflect of the following questions. Find a quiet spot where you can be alone. Be specific when you describe why you are grateful.

What are you most grateful for in 2013? List 3 things.

Who made an impact in your life in 2013 and what can you thank them for?

What are you grateful for in the new year?

Then go out and enjoy the first day of a new year!!!






Going OM








Recently I had the pleasure of leading a wellness vacation in Thailand. It was a wonderful group of people and a fabulous time exploring the culture of bustling Bangkok and the quiet nature outside of Chiang Mai.

After the amazing trip to Thailand I felt I needed to stop and chill out. So, since my trip I have been laying low. I found coming home to a frigid winter has inspired me to pause and take time to reflect.

Taking time to stop and not plan has allowed me to enjoy the holidays with my family. Now with the New Year approaching I am starting to look ahead, and wonder what is next?

In 2014 one big change is happening for me that I would like to share with you – my husband and I are moving to Boston! I’ll be honest, I never thought I’d really leave NYC. Now that it is official and we are moving on New Years Eve I am getting excited! It is a whole new adventure.

What does my move to Boston mean for yogis in NYC/NJ? Although I won’t be there to teach in person you can take my classes online, work with me via skype, or meet more for one of my retreats in the fall 2014, or spring 2015. (Spoiler – Yoga + Yarn is back & in 2015 we are heading to Vietnam! Email me for more details – retreats@lizalaird.com).

I’ll keep you posted via facebook, twitter, and my blog. Stay in touch and let me know how I can help you in 2014. Remember – live light, because everything is already okay.

Thank you to all of you for a wonderful year and looking forward to 2014! Much love and Happy New Year!!!


Liza Laird


Bring in the new year with Ganesha












Ganesha is an elephant-headed deity that is worshiped in India and many parts of the world. Daily routines, opening of new businesses, the start of a journey, and even an exam are preceded by a prayer to Ganesha. It is felt that he is the remover of all obstacles and before all endeavors it is important to seek Ganesha’s blessing first.

Live Light Practice:

Begin the new year by chanting this Ganesha mantra to yourself or out loud for 5-10 minutes each morning:

om gam ganapataye namaha

(I offer my love and devotion to Sri Ganesha; please grant me success in my noble endeavor)


Now what?









The New Year has started and the first week of the year is a good time to check in with your intentions for 2012. It is a way to come back to your goals before they get away from you!

Part of my intention for the New Year is to stay focused and be more mono-tasked rather than always multi-tasking. As I write this newsletter I notice the distractions popping up – texting with my sister, posting to facebook – but like in meditation I come back to my breath and stay on task. Rather than ridiculing myself for attempting to multi-task I kindly coax my attention back to the newsletter.

What intention for the year did you set? How have you been living with that intention so far? What can you do to support yourself?

Taking time for yourself is a great way to stay on track with your intentions. Planning ahead can keep the dark days at bay and fend off the urge to give up or succumb to the winter blues. Personally, I know that February and March are months that test my light mood with the dark and cold days of winter. This year I am fending off seasonal blues with the bright reminder that in less than two months we’re off to Bali for this years international yoga retreat!

What plans can you make to practice your intention and self-care? Maybe a massage, mani-pedi, yoga class, dance class, time alone at home?

May we all live light, because everything is already okay.



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