Reveal Yourself - How to Move with Intention
I have been teaching yoga for 14 years and as I move forward as a teacher and being, the thing that fuels transformation most is the quality of presence that we bring to a movement practice. Let me break it down for you.
Have you ever felt stuck in your head? With emotions, plans, lack of plans, or outside work bogging you down. You go to the gym/on a run/walk/yoga class or dance party, whatever it is that floats your boat, and you feel better. You have completed the physiological stress cycle and can move on calmly to the rest of your day. Or the better part of an hour.
Simply moving your body will do wonders for your whole system. This is what I call “getting in your body”.
Moving with intention will add greater context or meaning to your practice. What it means is that you use your mind to focus and direct your physical energy towards a bigger effort. You give your mind a home-base to come back to. The skill here is getting that home base, that idea into your body. And I’m gonna guide you through it below.
The benefit of practicing with intention (and remember it can be ANY kind of movement practice) is that you are not just randomly feeling better and then returning to your cycle of up and down. You are beginning to affect change throughout your life. This is what I want for you!
Conscious practice will up your game everywhere, not just in the classroom/gym/on the run.
Intentions can be almost anything, but are most helpful when they guide you back to your higher self. Some simples one word intentions are: gratitude, connection, compassion. If you have been to my yoga class before, you will recognize that this is a tool I use consistently for directing you home to your heart.
Here’s a practice for the intention of connecting with your true self:
- Take a few breaths with the purpose of settling into the present moment. The present is not something out there. It’s whatever is happening for you at the time. It’s neither good nor bad. In fact, the more you can withhold judgment, the more you can be in it.
- Tune into the sensations in your body and observe without expectation. Try to go towards what you are feeling instead of away from it.
- Remember a time when you really felt like your whole self. What did that feel like in your body? Dig into that memory and pull out the feeling like a delicious treat. Imagine that you are taking a bite of it and as you swallow it, it starts to grow throughout your body, slowly filling you up with your best self from the inside out.
- To anchor that feeling in your body, put a word to it.
- Once you have a word, this is your intention. Return to it as much as possible over the course of your movement practice today. Remember, it’s the feeling behind the word that will shift you.
I’m here to help you wake up and be present to your life, so that you don’t miss it. Let me know how it goes!