3 Ways To Set An Intention In Your Yoga Practice

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Yoga is about living a more mindful and intentional life.

I started doing yoga in 2004, and the idea of living a more mindful and intentional life was partly the reason I got into it. I was certainly attracted by the physical side; from the outside, it looked a bit like gymnastics, and ever since kindergarten I had always wanted to be gymnastic star.

However, the body-mind connection I had heard so much about is what really brought me to that first class in the yoga studio. De-stress? Quiet the mind? Develop better awareness? I didn’t know how we were going to do any of that, but it sounded good to me.

The first thing the teacher said in the first class was, “We’ll start by taking a moment to set an intention for your practice.” I drew a total blank. I had no idea what setting an intention meant. I intend to get better at yoga. I intend not to look like a fool in this class. I intend to pick up a latte on my way home. Clearly I didn’t quite get it.

Over the following years, as I learned and grew in my yoga practice, I continually struggled with the basic concept of setting an intention. I would often throw something out there like, “I’m here to dedicate this hour to myself; “I’m here to escape my stressful life”; “My intention is to sweat”; usually not with a lot of thought behind it and always with a self-centered approach.

It wasn’t until I attended my yoga teacher training with the inspiring Paul Dallaghan that I finally really got some value out of setting an intention for my practice. He didn’t actually word it as setting an intention; and perhaps that’s why it seemed less confusing for me. But every morning, before practice, we spent a few moments reflecting on three powerful categories, which I share with you below.

It’s important to note that we didn’t spend 10 minutes thinking about this stuff everyday (who has that kind of time in the real world anyways?); but two to three breaths per category, which is enough, especially if you’re doing it every time.

  1. Gratitude: Even in stressful or impossibly tough times, we are lucky to have something in our lives. These are the things that make life a little easier, a little more enjoyable and that make you a happier person. Take a few breaths to focus on the things, the people and the situations in your life that you are grateful for.

  2. Forgiveness: Let’s face it: none of us are perfect. We’ve wronged people, and people have wronged us. Its not always intentional and unfortunately, it’s just the way the world works. Take a few breaths to reflect on the things you’d like to be forgiven for, and sending a few forgiving thoughts towards people who have wronged you. In short, this just means letting go. Holding onto bad feelings just doesn’t do us any good.

  3. Guidance: In life, we can’t do it all alone. Sometimes we just need help. Reflecting on this helps us to realize that we need help (which is half the battle sometimes!) and makes us much more likely to look in the right places for help. Take a few breaths to think about what you need help with.

Reflecting on these three categories has become integral to my practice, and often forms the beginning or end of the sequence when I’m teaching. It links my yoga practice to the other important things in my life. It also reminds me to put things in perspective and gives a much deeper meaning to those few moments at the beginning or end of my yoga practice when I let go of the stress of my day and focus on what I came to do: my practice.



3 Magical Mantras to Boost Your Prosperity

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There is no shortage of prosperity in the world. It is a bottomless and self-replenishing cup from which we may all drink our fill. Unfortunately, self-defeating thoughts and negative self-talk can keep you from acknowledging all that is available to you and miss the opportunities that are all around you. Change those thoughts, however, and you invite the things you desire to come to you of their own accord.

With these powerful prosperity Mantras you will open up your mind and tap into the Universe and its unlimited source of abundance. Repeat these Mantras as you breath deeply, slowly and relax. With each repetition you will be reprogramming your subconscious mind to remove limiting beliefs and clear a path for wealth and prosperity to find you.

By using theses Magical Mantras throughout the week you will:

  • Clarify your true financial desires.
  • Throw off the shackles of your limiting beliefs that are keeping you stuck.
  • Reprogram your subconscious mind to attract more prosperity into your life.

So now, if you’re ready, here are your 3 Mantras to attract more financial ease into your life. With your hands on your heart, repeat these three Mantras throughout the week and feel their vibrational energy entering in your being:

  • I experience peace, happiness, prosperity, and wealth as an integral part of my life.
  • It is completely safe, easy and natural for me to be prosperous and successful.
  • Prosperity flows towards me every day and in every way.

If you want to “turbo-charge” these mantras, I suggest that you repeat them mentally for 5-10 minutes, while you are in a relaxing, quiet place with your eyes closed. This will put you in a light meditative state where your brain waves will slow down to the Alpha level. While in this state, your normally locked subconcious mind will be open to receive the suggestions, making the change in your thought patterns quicker and easier.

Alternatively, you can relax and listen to them through guided meditation and let your guide do all the work while your subconscious becomes rewired for abundance and prosperity.

Enjoy and let me know how you go!

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