As Deepak Chopra states, ‘Everything that happens in the universe begins with intention. An intention is a directed impulse of consciousness that contains the seed form of that which you aim to create. Like real seeds, intentions can’t grow if you hold on to them. Only when you release your intentions into the fertile depths of your consciousness can they grow and flourish.’
Within the practice of yoga, setting your intention allows you to connect to your consciousness through breathing, meditation, and other nonphysical practices. The beauty of going in with the mindset of setting your intention is that you allow yourself to be more open and accepting of yourself and what you are capable of achieving. You may learn to discover more about yourself, become more inspired, and/or personally transform yourself mentally, physically, and/or spiritually.
The beauty of yoga is that anyone can practice yoga and enjoy the art and science behind his/her yoga practice in a way that serves you. Yoga is for anyone, from beginner to amateur athlete, who is looking to enhance your body movements and health. For instance, multiple forms of yoga exist today, so you can choose the style(s) of yoga that most inspires you. Such yoga styles include yin, vinyasa, ashtanga, kundalini, hatha, lyengar, bikram, restorative, prenatal, anusara, jivamukti, and hot yoga.
Here is a more depth look inside some of the different yoga styles:
- Yin Yoga focuses on long connective tissue stretches to strengthen flexibility and meditative breathing for greater mobility and self acceptance
- Warrior Sculpt (Hot Yoga) is a soulful and fierce fusion of yoga and weights with nonstop flows that offers a demanding, energetic, sculpting, and zen-filled experience
- Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic and challenging class that synchronizes the breath with movement and builds strength with continuous flow (at your own pace)
- Lyengar Yoga focuses on alignment, along with detailed and precise movements while controlling the breath. If you have any injuries, this yoga style will work through your injuries slowly and methodically
- Kundalini Yoga is equal parts spiritual and physical. This style is all about releasing the kundalini energy in your body said to be trapped, or coiled, in the lower spine. An intense, focused style that works directly with your core and breathing with fast-moving, invigorating postures and breath exercises
Along with the creativity of experiencing different styles of yoga to determine what style(s) best serves you or awakens you, not only can you experience mental and spiritual transformations with yoga, you are opening yourself up to positive physical changes within yourself as well. The benefits of yoga from a mental, spiritual and physical perspective can include: stress reduction; sharpened mental focus; reduced back pain; improvements in strength, mobility, balance, and concentration; and coping with insecurity, anxiety, depression, addiction, disability, gender, identity, racism, and aging.
Yoga is a beautiful expression of you. By establishing a state of restful awareness and self-awareness during your yoga practice, you can plant your seeds of intention and let them flourish.