Friday I went to a fun (and free!) “Vinyasa on the Lawn” event here in San Diego courtesy of Yoga Six, a local studio in the Liberty Station area of Point Loma. I’d never taken a yoga class at their studio before (so far I’ve only gone to CorePower here in SoCal), but my friend Michelle has being going for the past couple of months and invited me to join her for this outdoor yoga class. It was part of a little summer Friday event the local Yoga Six studio has been running.
The class itself was interesting; I didn’t actually enjoy the flow very much (nor the weird thai massage lesson at the end that replaced the usual savasana… random), but I absolutely LOVED being outside on my mat. It made yoga feel even more like an overall experience and connection to something larger. I’m definitely more flexible when in a heated studio though. I also hadn’t done yoga in……….. uh, months? Needless to say, my body was a little rusty on some of the movements.
I was struck by the gorgeous space of the indoor studio though, particularly their intention wall.
Now, I’m not sure how public I’ve made this, but back on January 1st, I declared 2014 my personal “Year of Intention” in my life. Yes, I’m a goober and like to theme my years to go along with goal setting and vision. For instance, 2013 was the “Year of Yes.” You know, like “YES!” to moving cross country. I know, I knowwww.
As you can imagine, seeing this intention setting wall got me excited. Like a cosmic sign! I kid, but seriously – I think this is a great idea, not just in yoga, but in life (though I believe I had a yoga teacher once say yoga is life). There’s a small sign posted next to this intention board encouraging studio visitors to set an intention, writing it with permanent marker on one of the little hanging cardboard notes tied to the board with red string. Love. So of course, I wrote one.
“Celebrate the little things.”
Intention is the backbone of our lives, and the core of our souls. Without intention, we float aimlessly. If you have a passion, a desire for more, then make up your mind and your heart to do it. To grab it. To have it.
We get one life, so don’t you want to squeeze all the joy out of it that you can? Intention setting is basically just deciding what your joy IS, so that you can set yourself onto a path to achieve it. It’s letting the universe know that positively, you are hungry and curious and have a vision. And it doesn’t have to be specific down to the umpth detail or siphon you off into a corner; it can be wanting to grow into a more spiritual person, or learning to let things go, or open yourself up to new professional possibilities. The purpose of setting an intention isn’t to stifle possibility, but to cultivate growth and passionate focus in a particular area. To lend direction, and help you become more intune to not only yourself, but also to what the universe has in store for you.
I know I am bordering on sounding hippie dippy here, but hear me out! Personally, I decreed 2014 as the “Year of Intention” because I wanted to re-focus my life, particularly professionally, to make sure i was really soaking up all of experiences I needed to reach my goals, and listening to my heart. That’s all. And so far, I think it’s going well!
So tell me, how do you feel about intention setting? But first, I need another coffee….Monday, man.
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