Mindful Monday: Intentions

Good morning and happy Monday, yoga loves! We are in the home stretch here … sliding into Christmas as we wind down 2017.

Such a great time for reflection and introspection. And of course, with each new breath that we take in, always an opportunity for mindfulness and focusing on intention.

The truth is we don’t have to wait for the advent of a new year to commit to big changes or even little tweaks. But something about the shiny, fresh slate of the new year makes it more exciting and seemingly more possible to really begin to live the life we were meant to.

Before I practice my asanas (or begin meditation), I ask myself a few questions to authentically figure out where I am in my life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Here are a few questions that I ask to be more open and honest with myself.

What do I need to address to be healthy in my body and mind?

How do I need to practice in order to see myself, to understand and feel myself better?

How can I move in a way that opens tightness in my body and strengthens where I feel weak?

How can I be more open, kind, loving and understanding and less self-absorbed?

What do I need from my practice to find balance off of my mat?

The answers to these questions are different each time I come to my mat. Which is why it’s so important realize that whatever I’m seeking is also seeking me. And it’s the stillness of my mind which allows the answers to arise from deep within myself. In the quiet I can hear the whispering of my heart. It always centers me and sets me back on track.

With this new clarity, I can create meaningful intentions which provide focus and direct my actions. This is a daily practice.

Well, my fellow yogis, have a beautiful week. Stay centered with intention even when things seem so chaotic around you.

Have a great week!

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