Setting Intentions

September 24, 2009 by Guest Yogi  
Filed under Featured, Insights

photo courtesy of Grant MacDonald

Living with intention is a recent discovery for me. It started with a simple exercise, having Kori challenge me as to what my intention was for my yoga session. It seems like such a simple question but I found it extremely challenging. Why WAS I taking time out of my day to get in my car and drive to yoga class, then spend an hour and a half on the mat.  Early on, I could not even understand intentions as they related to my yoga practice. With Kori’s help she provided a list (see below) of possible intentions. This helped greatly and I still reference the list, as well as add my own to the list as I become aware of them.

In the past, many of my activities and distraction were on auto-pilot. Even if I wanted to do something else or be with other people, there was an automatic impulse or addiction to stay the course. The more I question what my intention is for that period of time, the more likely I am to make decisions that coincide with my desired journey. More importantly, the more I set intentions the more likely I am to meet them, simply because I now clearly know what my goal is for a given situation or experience. You will be amazed at how once you set an intention, your mind will realign you or at least make you aware when you are off your path.

Some sample intentions:

  • Experience inner peace
  • Connect to God
  • Breathe consciously as much as possible
  • Sweat/ Detox
  • Present to the movement/ sensations of the body
  • To be fully present
  • Stretch or open a particular area
  • To heal an injury
  • Be gentle with myself in body and mind
  • Release a heaviness or sorrow
  • Celebrate life
  • Experience beginners mind (as if discovering every movement, breath for the first time)
  • To relax
  • To energize
  • To learn something new about myself
  • To learn something new about yoga
  • To experience clarity
  • To offer the peace I feel inside in service to a troubling situation or person in my life
  • To offer the peace I feel inside in service to my family, friend, pet, etc…

-  Ken

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