The Power of Intentions & Affirmations

A powerful tool for our yoga practice and our daily life is intention. Intention is a course of action that one intends to follow, an aim that guides action. As we begin our yoga practice setting an intention can be a great guiding force of how we will practice on that specific day and how we will approach the rest of our day off the mat.

An intention is your true self`s desire to come into balance. When we quiet the mind and tune into our inner knowing our intention will surface. You can set your intention in many ways. An intention is in the present moment – what would help you cultivate more balance in this moment? An intention can be a word, a prayer, an affirmation, a quote, etc.

A simple way to set your intention at the beginning of your yoga practice or day:

  • Sit on a chair with both feet on the ground or on your mat in a simple cross leg position with a straight spine, hands resting on your lap.
  • Bring your attention to your breath, inhaling and exhaling deeply through the nose, eyes closed or open with a sliver of light coming in.
  • Feel your muscles relaxing with every passing breath, feel your attention moving away from thoughts into your body.
  • Bring your hands in front of your chest, press your palms together, thumbs press against the chest.
  • Continue to breathe and ask yourself what is your intention? What would bring me the most balance at this moment?

As you do this it might be a word that comes up; compassion, relax, self-love. Whatever arises is perfect.

Turning your intention into an affirmation:

We can then use our intention as an affirmation in our yoga practice or day. For example: if the words that came up during your intention setting were compassion, self-love then perhaps the affirmation becomes:

-I love myself fully and have compassion for myself.

During your practice you can take moments to come back to your affirmation and notice what you need to continue doing or change in the way you are practicing to embody this intention. Perhaps you notice you are judging yourself in a certain pose and it`s making you become frustrated. You can then come back to your intention of loving yourself unconditionally and having compassion, when you reiterate this intention then you can let go of the judgement to maintain your equanimity. Continue to repeat the process throughout your practice and your day.

You are creating a new habit of embodying this intention and affirmation, the more you practice it and create this neural groove of compassion and self-love, the easier it will be to make this become your habitual way of approaching yourself in your life on and off the mat.

Sat Nam,

Jacynte Léger, CYA-E-RYT500

Jacynte is a Kundalini, Yin and Restorative Yoga trained teacher specializing in the therapeutic application of yoga at Shanti Yogi.

Harnessing the Healing Power of the Moon by Chrissy Hollis

 

The moon has always had a special place in my heart. It was something I was always fascinated with from a young age. At one point I wanted to become an astronaut and visit the moon. So it was a no-brainer when we were expecting our first born in 2011 that the saying in the nursery would be “Love you to the Moon and Back”. On November 14, 2011 our world changed, our baby was born still. Our hearts filled with joy as we met our baby boy and broke as we said goodbye.

That day my connection with the moon intensified even more. I began praying on each full moon for the things I wanted to release like letting go of the grief. I also began praying on each new moon for what I wanted to attract in my life, for example, a healed heart full of love and hope.

As each moon approached, my intentions for release or attraction would form. The week prior to the moon, its energy would bring up opportunities to face and refine my intentions. As the moon arrived, I would pray on my intentions by connecting with my breath, pray for what I wanted to release or to attract in my life, and then released the prayer by connecting back to my breath.

I experienced great shifts in my healing the week after the moon. My heart would fill with peace and at times bliss. I fell in the love with the ritual and the healing energy of the moon. To this day, I harness the healing power of each moon. My ritual of how I give my intention to the moon may vary month to month such as prayer, journaling, meditation or the combo thereof. I do whatever my heart is guided to do that month.  Each full moon I focus on releasing what no longer serves me. The new moon I focus on what I want to attract in my life or a goal I want to achieve. The support felt from the moon’s energy continues to amaze me.

I am forever grateful for the healing power of the moon. It has been there for me in thick and thin. It has never judged me and fully supports me. It propels my intention with ease on my Heart. This gratitude is what brings the Harnessing the Healing Power of the Moon classes to you. As well as my desire for you to experience the support of this universe we live in by harnessing the power of the moon.

During class, we begin by grounding ourselves and opening our hearts with meditation. We then perform a journaling exercise to refine our intentions; to release what no longer serves us on the full moon and to attract what we want in our life on the new moon. We then go into meditation with the intention. Therapeutic essential oils (optional for participants) are used at each staged in the class to further support you in grounding, opening your heart, and focusing on your intention. Each class is scheduled within 2 days of the full or new moon to ensure we are harnessing its healing power with ease.

I am honoured to have the opportunity to share something so magical and close to my Heart. I look forward to holding the space for you as you harness the healing power of the moon to reclaim your happiness.