Setting intentions for 2020

The roaring 20's are here! At the beginning of this new decade we asked our teachers and team what their intentions are for 2020.


If you’re struggling to set your own goals or intentions here are a couple of tips to get started:

1. Start from a positive mindset

Before you start making plans for 2020, take a notebook and write down all the positive things from the previous year that you can think of. These could be big or small events, memories or moments of gratitude. This gets you into a positive growth mindset, focusing your attention on what you want more of rather than what you want to stop. 

2. Think about your Why

When you’ve written a goal ask yourself why it is important to you.  How will it make you feel if you manage this goal? You may ask ‘why’ a couple of times before you get to your ultimate motivation. This gets you into the emotional feeling behind your goals and makes you more likely to stick to them. It can also really help to weed out those goals you think should be on your list. 

Here’s what some of our teachers and team are planning for 2020.

Esther Ekhart

For 2020 I’m focusing on taking less and giving more. To that end, I’m pledging not to buy a single new piece of clothing for the entire year, spending the money I would normally on clothes on planting trees. So to live a simpler life, and try to be less of a nuisance to the earth. It’s time to give back!

Jennilee Toner

I promise to listen to my body and nourish it with what it needs as I dive deep into a fantastic new year of work, play and Acupuncture School!

Sandra Carson

My intention for 2020 is to “practice hard to feel great”! – both on my yoga mat and off it, finding ways to feel good in my body, my emotions and mind. Attending consciously to my inner state takes me into living in flow of life and makes me appreciate my life on a different level.

Julie Martin

I don’t like to set resolutions or goals for the New Year as it puts our awareness in the future and the only moment we have is now.  So, instead, I ask myself every day, “Can I live a life of gratitude in this moment?” and make that a daily practice worth living for. 

Helen Noakes 

The energy I will embrace more of in 2020 is relaxing more into my 50s, creating more ceremony and ritual and taking real steps to live more sustainably and in honour of our incredible Earth. 

Irina Verwer

On the final day of the year, I like to spend my time reflecting on the past year. For me, this includes journaling. The things I journal about on the final day of the year always include questions such as: what am I most grateful for? When did I feel most connected and centered? What do I wish to let go of? For this last question, I use a piece of paper that I then burn. After doing that, and instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I make time to check in with how I want to feel in the year ahead. Making these desired feelings my focus for the upcoming year helps me to continue to connect with myself on a deeper level and to make decisions that are aligned with whatever it is I’d like to welcome (more of) in my life.

Nichi Green

My intentions are to cut back on plastic both at home and at studio, shop more locally, walk more, drive less and fly less. Yoga more and fundraise for tree planting. 

David Kam

I will visit my birthplace (Kelantan, Malaysia) as a way to reconnect to my roots. 
I will commit to monthly pedicures, because our feet deserve as good a pamper than any other parts of the body!

From our team:


I’d like to introduce something fun that’s not yoga to my life, now that I have moved I have more options than Aquagym for seniors and Cha cha dance.


My intention and theme for 2020 is Lightness. Lightness in possessions – decluttering physically, digitally, mentally. Lightness on the planet – reduce my carbon footprint A LOT. Lightness in mood – spending more time with friends and family, doing things that give back, and dancing!


Mine are to fly less and plant more. The first will be trickier as I love travelling but it’s literally costing the earth. The second is much easier as I feel more at home in a forest than my own living room. Planting trees is also one of the biggest and cheapest ways to tackle the climate crisis. The third is to continue my daily gratitude practice of appreciating what I have, rather than wanting what I don’t. 


Mine is to get a proper night time routine and stick with it. I will stop looking at screens, do yoga, read, write, drink tea and sleep sooooo much better.

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

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Jenny SavageJenny Savage is part of the EkhartYoga team behind the scenes. She first started yoga at the age of 15 and took her teacher training with Esther Ekhart in 2013. She has a background in Health Psychology, community mental health work, and health and wellbeing research.