One of the things I love the most about my budding yoga practice is setting an intention for that day’s practice. Some instructors will lead you in this, and I’ve found others who don’t which disappoints me. Nevertheless, reflecting on the past week, my intentions have been focus and acceptance.

My mind has been all over the place lately but the minute I hit my mat my mind is clear and I can easily focus on the hour ahead of me. In the short amount of time I’ve been practicing, I can already see a difference in my mindset. I can’t quite articulate it, but there’s a little conscious mindful spark whose flame I can’t fan. This is a good thing. It makes me hopeful that there are wonderful things ahead that I have yet to uncover. I am also practicing the art of acceptance, whether it be of myself or of others. I think it’s in our inherent nature to be judgmental, whether it’s comparing ourselves to someone else or making assumptions outright of people and situations we encounter. We’re imperfect creatures and we all color the world in different ways.

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So, whether or not you find yourself on a rubbery yoga mat, focus on you, cut yourself some slack and while you’re at it, cut some slack for others, too. Be curious!

Do you set intentions for yourself? What have you been trying to do differently over the past week? 

2 thoughts on “Intentions

  1. I think the mental shift that yoga has brought about is the biggest change. Mostly it makes me feel calmer and more accepting of the world around me. I think the notion of “pay attention to what’s inside yourself and happening on your mat” was one that I’ve quickly internalized. It’s not that I don’t notice things anymore, but they register with less judgement.

    Many days, my intention for yoga that day is to make it through the class without falling over, but sometimes I come to the mat with the very specific goal of letting something go. Generally, I’m able to do so at least for that hour. I find that after I clear it out of my system for an hour, it’s easier to let go for longer.

    Some days I start my day with an intention now too. It might be to be kind to myself, to find something lovely about the day or to be brave.

    After a week that was about survival in many ways, this week I’m focusing on regrouping and letting my heart lead me in my down time. Last night it was a massive creativity bit, tonight it might be cooking or crafting again, who knows.

    1. I totally agree with you. In such a short amount of time I’ve definitely felt more calm and more aware. It’s been such an eye opener and of course, good for the soul. 🙂

      Namaste!

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