(This is the second assignment for my Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition degree at Hawthorn University.  The majority of my assignments will be posted on my website ScienceSpeaks, but I felt this one better fit Holistic Odyssey.  Please subscribe to my website blog so you won’t miss my posts.)

SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound (“SMART goals”, n.d.). While I have established a one-year and five-year vision, the majority of my measureable goals utilize a twelve-week planning schedule. I currently am working toward four SMART goals that began 7/6/2019 and are due by 9/27/19. Of my goals, the most ambitious and important to holistic living is to practice yoga an average of seven hours per week. Yoga is instrumental in my life, for flexibility, strength, as well as resilience to stress (Woodyard, 2011). This goal is specific and can be measured by time spent practicing, either in a corporate setting or my personal practice. By presenting the goal as an average, it offers flexibility for life’s challenges, as I can practice extra during some weeks, and less during others, as necessary. It is achievable and requires a significant commitment for me to be successful. It is relevant to my overall wellness and I recognize the need to deepen my practice due to external events causing stress and anxiety in my life. It is time-bound due to the 12-week period for my goal. I consider the goal to be a total of 84 hours of yoga over the 12-weeks (7 hours/week times 12 weeks), as my intention is not to practice one hour every day. My goal is instrumental to reducing stress in my life in a holistic manner.


SMART goals. (n.d.). Retrieved August 12, 2019, from

Woodyard C. (2011). Exploring the therapeutic effects of yoga and its ability to increase quality of life. International journal of yoga, 4(2), 49–54. doi:10.4103/0973- 6131.85485

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