Yoga, Breath, Light, Love
For those of you who have not experienced yoga….yet…students often set an intention at the beginning of class. This is typically a suggestion from the teacher, but not everybody knows what that means and some students even feel intimidated if they don’t know what their intention is “supposed” to be.
I know…..I was one of those students waaaay back in 2004 when I took my first yoga class. I could not imagine what the teacher meant….a prayer? Did it have to be for someone or something? Is it mandatory? If I pick me is that selfish? Is somebody keeping track? All of a sudden I began to sweat just sitting there. I mean….will she know if I don’t come up with one????
Turns out the sweat, intimidation and stress were for naught. Why? Because I learned almost instantly that if I wanted to set an intention for myself, my practice, or somebody/thing I could. But if I didn’t want to or wasn’t moved to….nobody but me knew.
So…my first intention was to embrace the process of setting an intention! Go figure…that simple. And without even realizing it, I began to set an intention not to struggle so much in my practice…to soften my jaw and relax my shoulders so I could find the joy in each pose that the teacher was talking about.
Before long, and again, without self-realization, I was moved to send my intentions toward a friend going through a difficult time, toward my grand-kids, and my aging mother…pretty heady stuff right?
Heady stuff is not required and there have been times when my intentions went to A Red Sox World Series, A Patriots Super Bowl, Bruins Stanley Cup….yep…I am from New England…..and even for non pro local sports..the economy and LOTS of times….little ol’ me 🙂
So…you see…the intention is mine…it is personal…and it should not be mandatory or forced!
If you are a teacher how do you offer the intention? If you are a student, what are your thoughts on intentions?
By all means share…..but only if you are moved to.