Set Your Intention

Set Your Intention

I start yoga teacher training this weekend. I am so excited and up to about two days ago, I was so nervous! I felt my nerves getting the best of me so I started researching ways to prepare for yoga teacher training. Of course, I found the typical practice, get to know the teacher, review sanskrit advice. I knew that wasn’t what I was looking for though. Finally, I found exactly what I needed. I stumbled across an article where a teacher mentioned the magic three words: set your intention. It wasn’t until then that I realized I had not set my intention for my training. I had ordered my books, started studying sanskrit, practiced consistently, but I completely forgot to set my intention.

The idea of setting your intention is something I came across through my yoga practice. It’s something I latched onto because of its simplistic liberating abilities. All I have to do is set my intention for my yoga practice, my day, my relationships, my blog, or my life…and release it. What happens after that I have no control over, but I can set my intention and allow that to manifest in whatever ways God sees fit.

While I was writing to myself trying to figure out what my intention was for my training, Terry asked me an important question: What’s the difference between intention and expectation? They may seem like similar concepts, but they are actually very different. Intention is focused on what you are bringing in, while expectation’s focus is what you will get out. Expectation is a projected outcome. Intention is a goal. I like to think of it more simply, as a hope or a prayer.

So, with that in mind I needed to figure out what my intention for my yoga teacher training was before walking into the room on Saturday. I wrote down several things before any one felt right:

  • to open my heart to the training experience
  • to absorb the knowledge and wisdom of my teachers
  • to connect my mind and my body
  • to let go
  • to build trust of and faith in my body again
  • to deepen my practice
  • to deepen my connection with the spiritual realm
  • to become more grounded in the philosophy of yoga
  • to embody the philosophy of yoga
  • to develop an earnest practice

Then finally, when I was laying in bed about to go to sleep, it hit me.


My intention for my practice is vulnerability. To be vulnerable about my newness in yoga itself. To be vulnerable about my feelings about the training. To be vulnerable with my body in allowing it to do things it’s never done before. To be vulnerable.

There was a time I considered not sharing my journey of yoga teacher training, because I thought maybe I should wait until I successfully complete the training or maybe I should wait until I start teaching yoga classes, or maybe I should wait until I become more “advanced” in the physical poses. But, waiting for those things just didn’t feel right or honest. I now understand that vulnerability will open me up to more possibilities than I could ever imagine. I look forward to sharing my journey with you all. I encourage you to find ways to be more vulnerable in your own life, if it’s something you’ve run from in the past.

Until Next Time,


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