Amy Ippoliti on Journaling

Find out how to accentuate the positive in your writing practice (and your life.)

June 12, 2013    BY Anna Dubrovsky

If you keep a journal, chances are it’s filled with tales of sadness and woe. There’s nothing wrong with that; expressing those feelings in writing can be cathartic. But yoga teacher Amy Ippoliti suggests starting a second journal.

“One of the things that has really helped me turn up my own volume is to keep a journal where I write the things that are going well. What happens, I’ve found, is that because your mind-set is on what you’ve been doing well and what’s been going well for you, more stuff goes well for you.”

Ippoliti advises writing in your “success journal” immediately before meditation practice. “It sets the tone really nicely.” Jot down victories large and small, whether it’s kicking up into handstand for the first time, resolving a conflict with a coworker, or spending quality time with your honey.

Anna Dubrovsky
Anna Dubrovsky is an award-winning journalist and author whose productivity has plummeted with the birth of her two children. But she always makes time for assignments that broaden her horizons. Her work has appeared in dozens of print and online publications, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Utne Reader,, and She has been practicing yoga since 2001 and teaching since 2008. After much globetrotting, she now makes her home in Southern California.