The power behind our thoughts has a great deal to do with our present day health. We have the capacity to change negative thoughts or behaviors with the practice of yoga, and setting an intention at the beginning. This “intention” becomes a vehicle that makes positive changes even when you leave the studio. It’s kind of like setting a location on your phone, and the phone tells you where to go.
An intention is bringing your awareness to a quality or virtue you wish to cultivate for your practice, both on and off your mat. Lets say you start your practice with patience as an intention. In your yoga practice your practicing “being patient”, and holding the pose, while the teacher helps someone else. You practice patience while your in that deep hip opening, and realize it took many years to be this tight, and it’s going to take some time to unwind that tension. Later, after yoga, the virtue of being patient with yourself is a reminder to be patient to others. You become patient with your toddler as they try to tie their shoelaces, even though you are running late. The universe will “reward” you for setting an intention, and then keeping it. Later on you realize that by slowing down, letting your toddler acquire a new skill, you hit every green light on your way to work, thus keeping yourself on time. Read 18 ways what successful people believe. They have learned this concept,
Likewise, setting an intention, and then not keeping it does the opposite. Lets say you set an intention to come to yoga twice a week. You look at the schedule, find the class you like and attend. Usually, the power of our thoughts will carry us through for the first couple of weeks. Then, you come in for your next class, and a sub is there. The substitute yoga teacher really puts you through the paces, and you are quite sore for days after. So sore, that when the next time your yoga practice comes around, you make an excuse not to go. Missing one class, becomes a habit, and then lets you feel a little better when a more flimsy excuse arrives the next week. But deep inside of us, we cry because we have broken a promise to ourselves. Break enough promises, and then you feel bad about yourself, and next that turns into a physical dis “ease”.
One thing is for sure, when you set an intention, and then keep it, you uplift your energy, and increase your vibration, thereby acting as an example to inspire the loves of those you encounter. You express your authentic truth by embodying this energy and keeping it with you.
By setting an intention you are building a bridge between what you work through on your mat, and what you continue to focus your mind on when you step off of your mat. This intention is a powerfully energetic tool to take your practice into the world.
So, next time when you say (or even think) of doing something, DO IT. I believe that positivity profoundly outweighs negativity. Start paying attention and perhaps you’ll notice powerful changes in your life through this practice.
Next time you step on your mat, take the time to choose wisely the intention for that class. Keep that it in your mind and in your heart, feel the vibration of this energy within you, and share it outwardly with the world. Know that you’re doing something to enrich your own life and positively impact the energy of everyone and everything around you.
It all starts with you and the power of your thoughts and intentions.
See you on the mat,