what’s your yoga goal?

During yoga class, are you secretly hoping that it'll be the day when you magically float into handstand or sidecrow for the first time? It's not that this is unrealistic, but if you haven't done the work leading up to achieving a big goal, it's much less likely that you will achieve it.

Our ambassador Nico (above), from lululemon Park Royal in North Vancouver has mastered astavakrasana (in fact, he had to do it several times while we were filming this video), but that didn't happen overnight. Here are some steps to help you take your big, hairy, audacious yoga goal and turn it into reality.

break it down

Break your big goal down into multiple smaller goals. For example: if your goal is to do a handstand without the wall, set a goal that you can achieve in a shorter amount of time that will help you get there, such as "I will practice kicking up into handstand 20 times a week for a month by June 2011."

write it in present tense

Write your goals in the present tense, as though they already happened. This gets your mind used to thinking that your dreams don't have to be dreams; they can be reality.

Asavakrasana is part of my yoga practice by November 2013.
I do a handstand without the wall and can hold it for 2 minutes by August 2012.
I can do sidecrow by January 2015.

make it measureable

Can you measure your goal? If you can't measure it, it's not a goal. This can be a challenging part of goal-setting, but there is a way to write each of your biggest, baddest goals so that they are measurable in some way.

Here are some more guidelines to follow as you write your goals:

use affirmative language

Say what you will do, not what you won't do. This will focus your energy on the desired outcome rather than the actions or behaviours that must stop.

Example: "I practice sidecrow" instead of "I stop avoiding sidecrow."

be specific

Make your goals as specific and concise as possible. Keep it under 15 words, with no justification required. You can always change your mind!

by when

Attach a goal to your date. State the month in addition to the year. Dates keep you accountable. Don't overthink things too much - just pick a date.

and now, your turn!

Here is a goal sheet for you to write in your 1, 5, and 10-year goals. At the top, write what your age and life will be like in 10 years.


Create a vision and set your goals
vision & goals worksheet

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I think one of my biggest challenges in goal-setting is making sure all of my goals are measurable. I recently set a goal to work on my new business project for 40 focused hours last week and set a stopwatch each time I sat down to work with no distractions. I got more done last week than ever before and I met my goal. I felt so good that I decided to set a more challenging goal this week and so far so good! BTW, I love this goal series, I just love talking about this stuff!

Comment by Matt Joseph — September 6, 2010 @ 10:33 pm

So glad to hear you’re enjoying our goal week series, Matt! Love that our guests are sharing their goals with us. It’s also really inspiring – definitely motivation to work on our own goals!

Comment by Laura M — September 7, 2010 @ 9:52 am

Thanks so much for this. I LOVE IT!!

Comment by Nicole — January 24, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

I love love love this! What an inspiration! & I thought I was just clicking on a website to look at athletic gear…. I got soo much more in the 10 mins I’ve perused your site! Fantastic!

Comment by Jay — January 30, 2011 @ 6:29 pm

The inspiration and ideas you offer up in terms of goal setting and the importance of defining our own personal manifesto is brilliant! Lululemon is such a forward thinking company. Love the energy!!

Comment by christine — February 23, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

Chip, you are like Oprah of the apparel world! A difference maker who inspires thousands…

Comment by christine — February 23, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

I like it and I will try what you said but maybe I cannot do that because I am not that stronger than you but I may be one day I want a be a yoga teacher but I will achieve this goal with my busy kids life maybe one day .

Comment by Muneeza — March 30, 2011 @ 12:16 am

Wow, the energy of the world is connecting minds to share the wealth of greatness to all….Being true to yourself will manifest all the dreams that you will make come true! Thanks LULULEMON-d6

Comment by D6 — February 15, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

Wow! Very inspiring! You are my kind of people..love love love it!

Comment by Corie — March 29, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

Very inspiration! Great tools and techniques to help others achieve there goals!

Comment by Krista — April 25, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

I recently went with my daughter to your store and the goals displayed instore encouraged me to visit your site.I love the fact that you help others to help themselves.I can only imagine the people you have inspired. Great job. I am starting my goal setting today and will revisit often to stay on track and let you know when I reach my first goal.

Comment by kay — May 10, 2012 @ 5:46 am

Hey Kay!

I’m so pumped you were inspired to set your own goals! Let the educators in your local store know what they are and they’ll help support you too!

All the best,
lululemon blogger

Comment by Allessia — May 10, 2012 @ 9:08 am

I love this blog and want to thank YOU for providing the inspiration needed to continue moving forward with my goals.

Comment by Jenn @BeYOUatBeMe — August 9, 2012 @ 9:14 am

I am so moving forward with my goals and my life. This has helped me to see that if I make my goals possible. I CAN DO ALL THINGS !!

Comment by Leiko Bergers — August 10, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

I shopped at lululemon yesterday & saw the Goals displayed. Today I googled goal setting & was directed to your website. I am so excited that you provide so much encouragement in this area. I will download the worksheet and get started today. Thank you so much for the inspiration, you are just what I was searching for.

Comment by Kathleen — October 21, 2012 @ 7:04 am

I’m confused. The very first few lines say that Nico is from Lululemon Park Royal and then it states North Van. Lululemon Park Royal is in West Van.

Comment by ashley — January 11, 2013 @ 8:10 am

You are totally right, Ashley. Good eye!

Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — January 11, 2013 @ 11:12 am

For years now, I have continually come back to this series and have re-read these blog posts about goal setting and achievement. I have been working very hard as a leader for 4 years in a very goal oriented organization and I have learnt so much about myself and others in terms of what we are capable of when we set our minds and focus on something we desire. I have developed the tools and ability to work around my self-limiting beliefs and fears in order to move forward in the direction I need to live the life I want!

That being said – talent magnets at the SSC, keep an eye open for my resume please ;)

Comment by Baillie Thornhill — April 25, 2013 @ 11:06 am

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