Intention in yoga

One week ago I gave a yoga lesson and it was all about intention. I tried to explain and teach my yogis how to listen to their bodies and breathing and how to put more intention into their practice.

My main focus of this practice was to teach them to move slower, but more powerfully through their bodies with their breathing, to be more focused, aware and in the present moment.

We did very basic poses, such as the Downward-facing dog and Cobra pose. Well, if you put your all intention into those positions, it’s not easy at all. They may look very simple, but believe me they are not. Everyone was sweating a lot, but they all felt happy with their workout.

Why am I writing about this?

Because, an intention is bringing your attention and awareness to a quality or virtue that you wish to cultivate for your practice both on and off your mat. That means; whatever you do the most important thing is to put your intention into it. Because our intention creates our reality.

Here are some examples of qualities or virtues you might use as your intention:

  • Being in the present moment
  • Being aware of your breathing
  • Love
  • Grace
  • Gratitude
  • Patience
  • Forgiveness
  • Peacefulness
  • Letting go
  • Releasing negativity
  • Thankfulness
  • Inner strength
  • Listening to your body


  • The point behind an intention for your practice is that you will manifest into your life, that which you have set in your mind and heart as your point of focus.
  • I believe that if you start practicing on your mat with positive intention you will notice powerful changes in your life through your practice.

Give it a try! Next time you use your mat, take the time to choose the right intention for your yoga practice. Have fun!

PS: Energy flows where intention goes!

Made with love by Martina