My Intention Is...
In the past, I have heard many people's excuses for not trying yoga. Two of the most common: I'm not spiritual, or, I'm not flexible enough.
Okay, well I am not a firefighter but I like to light fires in my fireplace.
Let's get one thing straight:
Yoga does not have to be a spiritual thing. Yoga has many faces and which ever one suits you, this is the one you stick with until another one comes along.
You do not have to be flexible to do yoga. Sure, advanced yogis can bend their leg behind their head, but that's because they have been practicing for years. They were once inflexible and stiff, just like a beginner.
***If you feel stiff and inflexible, I invite you to begin your yoga practice....like...now.***
Certainly, the intention and purpose of yoga is to align the mind, body, and spirit, but this can mean a lot of different things to every body.
What I learned through the years of practicing yoga is that the intention is everything. If you are going into the practice with the intention of getting fit, let that be your intention and nothing else.
If your intention is to heal old wounds from the past or cure anxiety, let that be your intention.
Or if your intention is to gain better balance, be kinder to people, or even just to sleep better, stay true to that intention.
Your intention manifests itself through the discipline you give yourself during a yoga session.
WAIT. "What is an intention?"
An intention is an aim. A purpose. A plan. An objective. A goal.
Why do you bring yourself to the mat? Why did you get out of bed this morning? Why did you eat a banana instead of a honey bun?
Intentions run our lives, whether we realize it or not. Intentions are the fire beneath our butts; they are the things that keep us alive. You eat food with the intention of surviving. You go to work with the intention of paying rent.
We all have different intentions, and only yours counts. Every other's will manifest on their own.
The other day as I was practicing yoga, before I began, I sat quietly and reflected on my purpose for being there that day. My intention for that one hour of dedicated practice was this: Allowing my body to become more balanced in order to help me breathe better, think clearer, and provide overall better functionality.
Starting right now, see if you can be mindful about your intention for every single thing that you do. What is your intention for scrolling through facebook? What is your intention for sleep tonight, or your breakfast in the morning? What is your intention (or, goal) for the day tomorrow?
If you begin to master your direction and goals/intentions, you will see a magnificent change in your life: both personally and publicly.
What is your intention?