7 Chakra-Based Goals for the New Year

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It’s that time of the year—you probably want to make some changes and see some dreams come to fruition. Setting goals—and working towards them—can help you create the kind of life you truly want to live.

Charting your own path can feel intimidating, but with the right focus, it can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. By using the Chakras—the energetic centers aligned with physiological, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of your being—as a starting place, you can create SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant/Realistic, and Time-Bound) goals and life-changing aspirations.

Before diving in, it’s important to first consider all the aspects of your life you’d like to shift. By approaching goal-setting from a holistic perspective, you can identify areas that may overlap and influence each other, and combine goals without getting overwhelmed.

Use the following ideas to start your year on a purposeful, positive, and ambitious note, grounded in intention and limitless in possibility. Start by setting one goal per chakra. Add specific details that make sense for your life and the realms you would most like to change. It’s your beginning to a happy, healthy, and productive new year.

Root Chakra: Get Grounded

When the root chakra, Muladhara, is balanced, you feel safe, secure, and at home in your own skin. Physically located at the toes, feet, and legs, the root chakra connects you to the element of earth.

Connect with nature

  • Go for a hike
  • Walk on the beach
  • Plant a garden

Make your home a place you like to be

  • Set up a sacred corner
  • Treat yourself to new bedding
  • Do a deep clean

Discover what “grounds” you (and do more of it)

  • Break out your art supplies
  • Call a good friend
  • Sit in meditation

Sacral Chakra: Get Creative

When the sacral chakra, Svadistana, is balanced, you feel emotionally connected, in touch with all of your senses, and creatively charged. Physically located at the hips, low back, and lower abdomen, the sacral chakra connects you to the element of water.

Surround yourself with inspiration

  • Invest in new art supplies
  • Join a community choir
  • Free-write in a journal

Get in the water

  • Walk near the ocean, river, or lake
  • Enjoy a soothing shower
  • Join a gym with access to a swimming pool

Drink more liquids

  • Drink warm tea in the morning
  • Stay hydrated throughout the day
  • Close your evening with an Ayurvedic nectar drink

Solar Plexus Chakra: Get Strong

When the solar plexus chakra, Manipura, is balanced, you feel courageous, at ease, and have high self-esteem. Physically located at the abdomen, mid-back, waist, and digestive organs, the solar plexus chakra connects you to the element of fire.

Exercise

  • Get on your yoga mat
  • Sign up for that 5K
  • Grab a workout buddy to help you stay on track

Set small, realistic goals and follow through

  • Write a weekly to-do list
  • Email a friend to keep you accountable
  • Create a chart for keeping track of achievements

Eat nourishing food

  • Try a new restaurant in town
  • Cook your favorite meal from scratch
  • Meander the stands at a famer’s market and taste something you’ve never tried before

Heart Chakra: Get Compassionate

When the heart chakra, Anahata, is balanced, you feel empathetic, generous, and loving. Physically located at the heart, chest, shoulders, arms, and hands, the heart chakra connects you to the element of air.

Practice random acts of kindness

Practice gratitude

  • Send a note of thanks to an inspiring teacher
  • Write a list of five people you are glad to have in your life
  • Move through some gratitude-inducing yoga poses

Practice pranayama

  • Sit quietly and listen to your breath
  • Match the length of your inhales and exhales
  • Practice a specialized breathing technique

Throat Chakra: Get Expressive

When the throat chakra, Vishuddha, is balanced, you feel able to communicate with clarity, listen attentively, and be open-minded. Physically located at the neck, throat, ears, jaw, and mouth, the throat chakra connects you to the element of space.

Express yourself

  • Start a blog
  • Begin a daily journaling practice
  • Paint, draw, sculpt, dance, or craft

Share your thoughts with someone

  • Call your friend who has moved away
  • Text your neighbor for a tea date
  • Write a letter to someone who has been on your mind lately

Speak out

  • Stand up for yourself and others
  • Set clear personal boundaries
  • Say what needs to be said to clear the air with a co-worker

Third Eye Chakra: Get Thoughtful

When the third eye chakra, Ajna, is balanced, you feel intuitive, inspired, and imaginative. Physically located at the forehead, brow, and brain, the third eye chakra connects you to the element of light.

Learn something new

  • Sign up for a class at your local community college
  • Search for an online course on something that interests you
  • Try an upcoming workshop at your yoga studio

Trust the intuitive hints in your body

  • Follow your gut instincts for an entire day
  • Meditate and listen for a spark of inner wisdom
  • Stop and pay attention to what your body needs

Dream on

  • Keep a dream journal next to your bed
  • Make a list of five to 10 things you want to be “when you grow up”
  • Write out a detailed description of your perfect day

Crown Chakra: Get Blissful

When the crown chakra, Sahasrara, is balanced, you feel connected to all beings and part of something greater. Physically located at the top of the head and one foot above the head, the crown chakra connects you with the universe.

Practice meditation

  • Start with five to 10 minutes with a timer or app
  • Join a weekly meditation group
  • Sign up for a retreat

Do something relaxing

  • Get a massage
  • Schedule an acupuncture treatment
  • Spend a whole day in bed with a good book

Follow your passion

  • Book an airline ticket to somewhere you’ve been wanting to go
  • Volunteer at an organization making change in your community
  • Genuinely smile at six people today

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Lena Schmidt

Certified Yoga Instructor
Whether it’s exploring the local trails, playing pretzel on the yoga mat, or diving into a book on inner peace, Lena loves an adventure. You can find her teaching yoga in San Diego, leading retreats near and far, and empowering others to be the change they wish to see in the world. Learn more about Lena at www.yoginilena.com The spiritual aspects of yoga have aided Lena in the never-ending search for peace, calm, and positivity within, and she’s passionate about sharing these tools with others. She is intentional about taking yoga off the mat and loves finding the bridges between the heart and mind, the individual and community, and mindfulness and expression...Read more