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You Can't Always Get What You Want

Updated: Jan 14, 2021

Often times a teacher will invite you to set an intention at the beginning of your yoga practice. What pressure! You already went through the trouble to put on stretchy pants, show up, roll out your mat, and now you’re being asked to THINK.

Well, yes. But we’re not doing it to be jerks: we are inviting you to step outside of your mind’s regular chatter.

So how do you start?

Close your eyes. Shift your focus from your thoughts to the feelings in your body.

Start with your toes and travel upward. Are you holding tension anywhere? Hips? Shoulders? Jaw? Often, just acknowledging the clenching will cue your body to release.

Now notice your breath. Start to deepen it to a comfortable inhale and exhale, and notice if that helps you arrive to the space you are currently occupying.

Focusing on the breath also gives you a break from focusing on your to do list, so take your time with it. Count the length of your inhale and try to make the exhale an extra count longer.