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Stop Settling: Uplevel Your Intentions

Guest post by Silvia Mordini

The quality of our intentions influences the quality of our lives. Successful business people, athletes and artists all sing a similar song when it comes to setting your intentions high. Yoga helps in this way by teaching us to make precise, high quality efforts. This practice inspires you to expand beyond the ordinary, living up to your greatest potential.

Having an unusually large goal is an adrenaline infusion that provides the endurance to overcome the inevitable trials and tribulations. Goals restricted to the average ambition level, are uninspiring and will only fuel you through the 1st or 2nd problem at which point you throw in the towel. If the potential payoff is mediocre or average, so is your effort.”  – Timothy Ferriss, The Four Hour Workweek.

I know this to be true in my life. I lose the ability to stick with something if my ambitions are just average. When my goals are set higher, something within me charges up! If I’m not creating or helping someone develop a new business, plan a bucket list vacation, design an early retirement, or realign themselves with their true dharma, then I feel like I am slacking. Our dharmic responsibility is to maximize our possibilities and inspire others to do the same. This activated energy is contagious.

When leading yoga retreats, trainings and workshops, I often ask students to pick an aspirational pose: something they’ve always wanted to do, but maybe hadn’t tried or didn’t think they could. I tell them to stop at levitation, but anything else goes! I have found that if you set your sights too low, then you likely won’t stay with your yoga practice. You’ll get bored and want to give up. And boredom is the enemy of happiness.  

But as big as your primary intention is, keep it simple. That way, you can actually start on the path and keep momentum going, step by step. Just as in yoga where you grow by millimeters, baby steps towards your goal will eventually get you there.

Today, honestly ask yourself, instead of getting up to go to work tomorrow, what do you really want to do?

Is there something audacious that you want to manifest? Do your biggest dreams scare you? Good. It is time you stop living in self-delusional comfort, and focus your energy on the tasks that will help you achieve something bigger. Stop settling for less than your best.

“The fishing is best where the fewest go, and the collective insecurities of the world make it easy for people to hit home runs while everyone else is aiming for base hits.” This week, focus on the home runs set your intentions high. Don’t hold yourself back.  Remember as Wayne Dyer puts it, “You are not an apprentice person on the way to someplace else.” Your life is not a rehearsal. This is it. Stretch all the way into excellence. Go for it!

Love yourself, love your day, love your life!  Silvia

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28 comments on “You Are What You Yoga”

You Are What You Yoga

You Are What You YOGA for Daily Cup of Yoga

I saw an image recently of a big bowl of fresh fruits and vegetables, which had the following caption:

You Are What You Eat

So Don’t Be Fast, Cheap, Easy, or Fake

Pretty wise advice that gets right to the point in a clever way, and it got me thinking: The same thing applies when we step onto our yoga mats!

You Are What You Yoga

So slow down, don’t cheat yourself, take it easy, and stand in your truth.

Don’t be fast. You have the rest of your day to ride in the fast lane. Why not let the time you spend practicing yoga be all about decelerating? Slow down; take your time on your mat. The slower your breath, the deeper your practice. Don’t be in a rush to get into the poses. Instead, take the time to set up proper alignment first. Try stopping after each sun salutation to take a few breaths and savor it rather than rushing off to the next one.

Don’t be cheap. Be generous. Be generous with your breath and your energy, sharing it with the other people you practice with if you go to a yoga class. If you are practicing at home, don’t skip the time for savasana. Don’t cheat yourself out of a minute on your yoga mat by letting your thoughts drift to your to-do list. Stay present and grounded. Don’t be cheap in rewarding yourself; give yourself the gift of the time to reconnect with your spirit, fully present.

Don’t be easy. B.K.S. Iyengar would say that once you think you know everything there is to know about a yoga pose, that is when you stop practicing yoga. I think what he was trying to teach is don’t take the easy road. Always find new ways to challenge yourself on the yoga mat, new ways to explore the pose, to notice your body and your breath, to quiet your mind. I have done thousands of downward dogs, to the point where this pose should be easy, or even boring, but I’ll never get tired of the thrill of getting my heels a little closer to the floor, marveling at how far I’ve come on my yoga journey.

Do not aim low; you will miss the mark. Aim high, and you will be on a threshold of bliss.”
B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life

Don’t be fake. Your yoga practice should belong to you, not the person next to you. Stop trying to stack up to some picture you have in your mind of what a flexible yogi should look like. Don’t worry if you can’t touch your toes, and please don’t try to force yourself into doing so! Honor yourself. Stand tall in your truth. And be ok with modifying a pose to fit your body, or taking a resting pose when you need to take a break.

You are what you yoga, so slow down, be generous, keep growing on your journey, and be true to yourself.

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Editor’s note: This is another amazing guest post from Maria Santoferraro, E-RYT.  Maria is first and foremost a student of yoga and hails from the beautiful shores of Lake Erie, Ohio. A former marketing executive with a ‘Crackberry’ addiction, she now enjoys spending her time teaching yoga on the beach, leading “I Am Love” yoga retreats around the world, creating cool yoga workshops and meditation videos for HangTen Meditation. Go from stressed out to blissed out on her blog The Daily Downward DogTwitterInstagram, and Facebook. Join Maria this coming April for Beach Yoga Bliss in Aruba, a yoga, meditation, and SUPYoga retreat on Eagle Beach at Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa or her I Am Love Yoga Retreat in Santorini, Greece.

2 comments on “Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World”

Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World

I honestly have no idea if this list actually sums up Gandhi’s “top 10 fundamentals for changing the world,” — it sounds Gandhi-esque (I mean, I did find it on Tumblr so it must be true) — but if nothing else these are some truly great principles to live by.

Spend some time reading the list and thinking through each thought.  You might actually be surprised what thoughts come to mind when you slow down to ponder for a minute.

When we start talking about changing the world, it’s easy to feel small and insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but if there’s anything we learn from Gandhi, it’s that even a small, simple person can change the world. As MC Yogi says, “Be the change that you want to see…in the world…just like Gandhi.”

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There are No Obstacles!

There are no obstacles: There are only opportunities. ~ Paramahansa Yogananda

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