The Intention of Yoga

February 23, 2017

The Intention of Yoga

Experiencing Yoga

I am a beginning practitioner of yoga. I have been practicing for about twenty years, but not in a way that allowed me to find positivity and mental clarity in my life.  Sure, my body was flexible, but my heart and soul had not found any other state than angst over the contortions and straining I seemed to experience.  I feel I am a yoga newbie because I have only recently shifted my focus from achieving the handstand, to experiencing the handstand.  Not sure what I mean?  Well let me explain.

Today I sat at my computer reading through FaceBook while sipping my morning coffee, preparing for a day of jewelry-making and exercise.  Up on my feed pops a very real reminder of my journey into daily Yoga practice. 

The goal of yoga is not the handstand

 

Practicing yoga helps me feel something no other form of exercise accomplishes.  I feel such a strong sense of well-being and peace.  Rachel Brathen says exactly how I feel about my practice.  

 

So How Did I Make This Transformation?  

I started right back at the beginning.  I started right back at lesson one.  I let go of my need to be a yoga goddess and focussed my attention and intention on learning yoga from scratch.  Literally!  

While I am a member of a yoga school, and a gym that includes yoga classes, I decided to use an online video I had inadvertently gained access to though my membership of Beachbody on Demand.  (I am not affiliated in any way with this company.)  

Through the 30 minute yoga lessons, I have been guided into stretching and lengthening my body in safe ways.  I understand the form of each of the poses and series of poses in the yoga flow.  I learned about breathing properly, and how it helps me to focus on what I need to focus on that day.  

I had thought I knew all of this already.  I had been to so many yoga classes, and I cannot fault the teachers.  I was just not in the right mindset.  I wanted to achieve that perfect pose and look like something worthy of an Instagram post.  But that hurt!  And worse than that, my mind, heart and soul really were not focused on what mattered most.  I did not love me....I loved an idea of me that was not realistic.  

 

My New Intention 

Yoga has become a way for me to reset, realign, reinvent myself with a sense of love and honesty.  I have shifted my focus and I love it.  I move from one pose to the next with intention and mindfulness.  Acknowledging my thoughts as they come, but not paying them mind and letting them go again.  

I look forward to my daily yoga practice.  I don't even worry about not getting to it...I just find that there is always room in the day for myself to take some time to heal and recharge.  I love me enough to make this happen.  I love the positive energy and feeling of self-awareness I now take into my everyday life.  The words are so true:  "Come to your yoga mat to feel; not to accomplish.  Shift your focus and your heart will grow." 

 

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“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds' wings.” - Jalaluddin Rumi




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