Sometimes we can get so caught up in the physicality of our asana (pose) practice that we lose sight of what yoga really is –a spiritual practice. We breathe, we move, we meditate – all so that we can hopefully figure out this human experience with a little more ease and grace. We don’t practice yoga to be fit, or flexible or strong. We practice is because life is freakin hard and filled with so many challenges and some days it’s simply all we can do.
If you’re newer to your practice then absolutely feel free to set your intention about something to do with the class. Personal favourites of mine include ‘Stay with your breath’ and ‘Engage your bandhas’ but anything you’re currently working on is perfect! If you want to maybe take your intentions a little deeper, then maybe relate them to what’s going on with your life at the moment. I personally remember a period where every single time I stepped on to my mat my intention was to get over my ex – and low and behold, I did! Maybe it was yoga, maybe it was time, or maybe (probably) it was a combination of both. Regardless, it felt really really good to feel like I was actively working towards that peace and happiness rather than just waiting and hoping.
My personal favourites these days involve thinking of a quality I need more of in my life. Patience, determination, perseverance, compassion, abundance and strength all get frequent mentions. Some days it’s pretty specific, and other days more general, but really it’s about letting the universe know what you want.
Setting an intention is completely personal and as such, simply can’t be wrong. It’s YOUR practice, YOUR intention and YOUR life so do whatever feels right for you! So come prepared to class - whether the teacher suggests for you to set an intention or not feel free to set it anyways. Hopefully you start to see some amazing changes starting to trickle into your life from now on!
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