When it comes to yoga, intentions make up a large part of the experience. It helps you focus and brings your practice to a higher (or deeper) level. It calms the body and helps you narrow your attention to what you want to achieve from your session.
Now picture this: You lay out your yoga mat/towel and get into a seated position as you wait for your class to begin. Then, your instructor tells you to close your eyes and “set an intention for today’s class — something you’d like your practice to be guided by, a single word or a phrase”.
Let’s talk a little more about why intentions are so important: By creating smaller, simpler, more achievable goals throughout the day, you’re aligning yourself with bigger goals and helping yourself to focus on what you want to achieve.
This is extra powerful when done during yoga because you have set aside time to train your mind and body. It’s easy to get distracted by ambient sounds, your reflection in the mirror, and a busy mind — and that’s where intentions come in.
By choosing a word, phrase, idea, or even a feeling, you’ll be able to focus on that one thing and come back to it whenever you feel yourself drifting away.
Want to stay grounded? Here are three simple intentions that you can set for your yoga classes.