The new year for me always feels like a time of renewal. A time when we start fresh with intentions to create a better world or a better version of ourselves.renewal, meditation, intentionTo renew ourselves sometimes we need to draw inward. In yoga classes we often talk about drawing in toward center in order to expand. This means we pull into our core, primarily into our pelvis and abdominal muscles first and while maintaining that, we expand. We can go further into a stretch or a difficult pose than we may have thought possible once we line up with nature in this way. We can do so much more than we thought we could; we can achieve poses that were out of our reach just yesterday.Renewal is very similar. At times we need to regroup, regenerate, reinvigorate by pulling into ourselves in silence or meditation. We can then firmly establish our intentions or goals from this inner place. We then have the energy to put into action whatever steps, big or small, that we need to take to manifest our intentions. Whatever your resolutions or goals for 2013, remember to come from that place of quiet, mindfulness first. In silence you may find that you are able to get a better grasp on what it is you truly desire for yourself this year. And then you can begin the journey that your soul requires.