Setting an Intention

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Whether it was my yoga class, or someone else’s, you’ve probably heard “set your intention” at the start of a class. I don’t know about you, but that was a little confusing for me when I first heard it, so I wanted to share a little bit about that today with you. 

What is an intention? 

Well, if you’re a dictionary person, here’s the official definition: “what one intends to do or bring about” (according to Merriam-Webster

And here’s what I think. An intention allows you to bring something to light. To bring a focus to something. It helps you remember how you want to live your life, or maybe just how you want to live that day. Without the intention, we sometimes lose site of our purpose and our values.

When to set an intention? 

Anytime! You don’t have to wait for a yoga class or New Year’s Eve to set an intention. You can wake up tomorrow and set an intention for the day. Or you even take a moment right now as you’re reading this and set an intention for the rest of your day. You can do it anytime. 

Why to set an intention? 

Simply put: It helps keep you focused. If you’ve ever wished to feel less stressed in your day, setting an intention to take long, deep breaths is a good start. Or maybe you really want to get outside more but don’t seem to be doing it. Well, if you set your intention to get outside at least one time a day and you declare that to yourself or others, you’re more likely to actually do it. So by setting an intention, it helps you achieve the focus that you want. 

Want a place to test this out? 

I would love for you to join me in my Stand up and Stretch or Chair Yoga class. At the beginning of the class, we will start by setting an intention. You can see how that intention resonates with you throughout your day and your week. Visit to register for classes.

I can’t wait for you to give this a try! 

With gratitude,

Lisa of Sweetness and Strength

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