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your intention could

be, “I am in a peaceful

state of mind.”

Reminding yourself

of these words during

a workout will

help you remember

your goal at large

while staying in a

positive mindset.

Choosing Your

Intention

They can fit a variety

of different themes,

such as stress relief,

empowerment,

acceptance, compassion

and peace. If

you’re having trouble

finding an intention,

think about specific

things in your life you

hope to improve or

celebrate. Similar to

the stress example

mentioned above,

find a defined goal

and then look at

the bigger picture.

Instead of starting

your statement with

phrases like, “I want

to,” “I will not,” or

“I wish,” start them

with language that is

confident and positive.

For those wanting

to accept change,

consider an intention

such as, “I am open

to new possibilities.”

Using it in Class

Keeping your intention

top of mind

during class can

motivate you to put

in your all, thus having

the best overall

experience possible.

Yoga instructors

often remind students

to think about

their intention and

mentally repeat it to

themselves as they

go through the movements.

Throughout

class, find moments

when you can focus

on the statement.

For ones that focus

on strength, think

about it during more

challenging movements.

If it is about

stress relief, remind

yourself of it during

deep exhales or

moments of rest.

Benefits of

Setting One

Setting an intention

before physical

activity offers a variety

of benefits. In

yoga, it allows you

to better focus your

mind, relax your

body and truly leave

everything on the

mat. Not only will

you have a better

workout physically,

but you’ll feel mentally

rejuvenated. It’s

common for many

students to walk out

of the studio feeling

refreshed, confident

and ready to take

on what’s next.

Intentions will help

you get the most

out of your time in

the yoga studio and

pave the way for

the rest of your day.

After Class

Your intention

doesn’t end when

you step off the

mat. After your

yoga session, think

about how you will

incorporate it into

the rest of your

day and your life.

Consider writing it

down on a piece of

paper and looking

at it each morning.

Throughout your

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daily activities, think

about how it can

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be related to what

you’re doing right MY

now. Whether it’s

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at your job or when

you’re relaxing at

home, challenge

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yourself to focus

on your intention

and set new ones

regularly. The yoga

studio is always a

great first place to

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discover your intentions

and run with

them.

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