tuesday intention: be kind to yourself
Often times in a yoga class, the instructor will encourage students to set an intention - an idea or mantra that can be established at the beginning of class and woven throughout the practice. It could be something as simple as "staying present" or "finding balance" and is commonly used in a vinyasa practice. This style of yoga, for me, is a form of physical meditation. Flowing through postures while connecting breath to movement is a powerful way to focus your mind and body at the same time. It's what I love most about practicing and teaching yoga.
Sometimes we leave a yoga class feeling great, empowered, and ready to take on the rest of the day or week ahead. While more often than not, we leave a class and unfortunately, the intention behind. I'm definitely guilty of it myself. As humans, we pack our lives full of events, dinners, celebrations, etc. etc. that we often times do not take the time to mindfully set and stick to an intention.
Here is your first Tuesday Intention: Be kind to yourself. If you're someone like me who can be very hard on themselves, do yourself a favor and give yourself a break. If you find you're being extra hard on yourself, stop, take a moment, and recognize it. Write freely for a few minutes in a journal. Say a prayer to yourself out loud or to yourself. Light a candle or incense and close your eyes. Repeat these throughout your day and into your week.
Giving yourself this little gift can be so rewarding. Maybe even life changing.