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The power of intention and how to nail it

April 15, 2024

This morning in yoga our teacher asked us to set an intention for the class.

She clarified that your intention could be anything from being kind to your body or challenging yourself. It’s also personal and private – you don’t share it.

I found it amazing, how this simple act of setting an intention added so much depth and meaning to my practice.

Intention setting differs from goal setting. With intention, you infuse it through your words, thoughts, and actions. You are also invited it to carry it into your day and world.

I realised I could draw on this ancient yogic wisdom when I run workshops.

So often in our learning, we’re very focused on setting learning objectives, agendas, and rules of engagement. All important ofcourse.

However, getting learners to set an intention for themselves at the start is a gentle, inclusive way of asking them to take charge of their learning. To share the joy of co-creating this with you.

I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m keen to!

And here’s a micro challenge: next time you’re about to embark on a new learning adventure, take a moment to set an intention. It could be for the entire program, a single session, or for the next hour. See how it influences your focus and engagement.

What intention are you setting for yourself today?

For me, it is to be grateful.

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