At the beginning of most yoga classes a teacher will ask the students to create an intention for their practice, but what does that really mean? Having intention is being able to fully connect with the pose, practice with effort and meaning, and transform your practice into an experience.
It is so often that we get stuck in the repetitive routines of our lives- wake up, go to work, eat dinner, go to bed, repeat Monday through Friday. This all sounds very boring. What happens if you change your attitude and create intention? The day can go from the mundane to the marvelous. You are not just getting up to go to work, it is “I am going to have a great day today. I am going to focus on what needs to be done and I am going to keep a positive attitude when things start to get stressful.” When you set your intention you set your reality.
We can fall into the same mundane routine in our yoga practice as well – standing pose, balance pose, inversion, twist, relaxation- repeat every class. If you can go into class and set a high intention for your practice, warrior 1 is not the same pose you’ve done a million times, it becomes WARRIOR 1! a pose that is being dedicated to my intention with effort, muscle energy, and heart.
When you practice with intention on the mat, you are learning to live with better intention off the mat, the effort you put into holding a posture carries over into your work, relationships, hobbies, ect. The intention you set ultimately determines the results. Yoga and life are a journey and we have the power to choose where we go on that journey. Every place we land is the result of our intention and choice whether we find ourselves in a ditch or high atop a mountain.
The purpose of yoga is to teach us to be happy and live fully. Make the choice to practice and live with high intention. When you do, you find yourself to be more happy and more fulfilled.
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