Set an intention for your yoga practice….
A phrase I often use and have heard stated by great yoga instructors is –set an intention for your practice. But as a yoga student do you understand what this means for you, your practice and the object of your intention?
We all know there is power in our words and thoughts, and in movement, right?
Honestly, whoever started the saying ‘sticks and stones may break my bones, but WORDS will never hurt me’ was off the mark in my opinion or trying to wish this belief into existence.
There are scientific studies (check out Dr. Masaru Emoto’s Study on Water, Conciousness & Intent on youtube) that show how words repeated over bodies of water during the freezing process can affect the crystal formations.
And we humans are 75% water so what do you think that means for us as individuals when we repeatedly tell ourselves negative or positive statements in our heard, or when those words are repeated by a loved ones.
So let’s start with this word: Intention. Google defines the word as such:
• the thing that you plan to do or achieve ; an aim or plan.
• “she was full of good intentions”
• the healing process of a wound.
Breaking this down an intention is a noun – a person, place, thing, quality, idea or action. So an intention is a aim or plan to do or achieve with regards to a person, place, thing, quality, idea or action that is determined mentally (remember: where thoughts become things or nouns :)).
Being a business executive focused on hitting KPIs (key performance indicators) and other labels of ‘success’ in the business world, sometimes my intentions are very focused on having control or achieving a specific pose in my class. Furthermore, intentions can be used to heal yourself or the object of your intention as the 2nd definition shows.
When I first started practicing yoga as way to combat stress, my intentions were more focused on healing thoughts such as eliminating stress and finding a new job. Later I began to use my intentions to try and help and heal others.
Your intentions can change with every class and every phase of life. And there is no need to remember your intention or hold it in your mind. Often times I don’t remember my intention for my practice ¼ of the way into the class because my focus is on the present breath or asana and how it feels in my body.
So as your yoga teacher gives the instruction -set an intention for your class – remember that you have the power to have the object of your intention materialize.
Additionally we will sometimes learn through our yoga practice that there are past hurts stored in our bodies in the form of tightness and negative thinking (ie., I can’t do it).
I invite you to take the first few breaths of your day, your yoga practice, your speech, or maybe even leading your meetings to set an intention for yourself (or a loved one, perhaps your team) that will attract the level of achievement you desire in life.