Our Intention Becomes our Reality

“Our intention becomes our reality” – Wayne Dyer. This statement is powerful, but it can also be confusing. What is an intention? How does it become real? As a yoga instructor, I often encourage students to set an intention at the beginning of a practice. For me, this simply means to identify a word or phrase that you will focus on, so that it can become your reality for that yoga practice and hopefully beyond. So that even if your daily life feels scattered, for the 30 minutes you practice, you can focus on the intention of “calm”. Doesn’t that sound wonderful – and simple?

Still feeling a little scattered? Check out some links to Resources at sweetnessandstrength.com/resources/ Try the TATD Breath or NAP Meditation with Ginger Garner. Explore some more Breathing Techniques, such as Nostril Breathing or Vocal Breathing. Check out some Ayurvedic Tips for Better Sleep. Or maybe check out a Yoga Retreat Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre. Whatever you decide, may you find some space for calmness.

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 https://sweetnessandstrength.com/online-classes/ to register for classes.

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

With gratitude,

Lisa of Sweetness and Strength

Yoga Meets You Where You Are At

When I first came to yoga it was to help my back pain, improve my posture, and improve my flexibility. I have scoliosis. When I was a child, adults were always trying to ‘fix’ my posture. They’re repositioning of my body was uncomfortable and not something I could maintain.

I took a yoga class in college to help with my stress level in dealing with assignments and deadlines. I found some relief and continued with yoga classes on an intermittent basis. I was finally able to commit to a more consistent yoga practice when I was in my early thirties. This led me to taking a kids yoga teacher training course and teaching yoga to my daughter and her friends.

A year later, I signed up for my 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training. On the first day of class, the instructor brought me up to the front of the class, got me to “lift my pelvic floor, pull my belly button in towards the spine, and roll my shoulders back.” (Cues I still use in class.) Then she said, “There, a new woman.” Finally, somebody did ‘fix’ my posture.

Over time, I have continued doing yoga because it quiets the racing thoughts going on in my head, allows me to deal with my life with a little more grace and patience (toward myself and others), and makes me more comfortable in my body.

You don’t have to be flexible to do yoga. You don’t have to be strong. You don’t have to have a certain kind of body or feel at your optimum health. Yoga is a practice. Yoga meets you where you are at.