When you think of the word ‘intention,’ you may think of something you intend to do, like run to the store, or lose a bit of weight before that high school reunion. However, setting an intention can be much more powerful than getting something ticked off your list of things to do.
Setting an intention has the power to transform a particular aspect of your life where you want change. This could be a physical change, emotional change, or even a change in your state of mind. Similar to the power of positive thinking, the power of intention can help you manifest what you desire for your life.
In a Yoga class, the teacher may suggest that students set an intention for the duration of the class or even beyond. Some Yoga students like to set an intention that’s more physical such as focusing on the breath, or practising good alignment. Other students might choose an intention based on a mantra. Here are a few mantras that you may hear in a Yoga class:
– I am grateful
– I am love
– I am generous
– I am at peace
– I am forgiving
– I am bountiful
When I teach a Yoga class, I will invite the students to set an intention and incorporate this with the Bhavana practice. Bhavana is used during meditation where the practitioner visualises what he or she desires or wants to manifest. This visualisation is normally a symbol, picture or image that resides in the mind of the practitioner. Likewise, you can meditate on this image that is representative of your intention.
Be it on or off the Yoga mat, setting an intention each and every day can help us manifest or cultivate our dreams, good health, or mental well-being.