I’ve got great news, yogi friends! You know how you feel amazing after practicing yoga? Well, you can actually direct all that awesome energy you cultivate on the mat towards a specific area of your life you want to improve. How, you ask? By working with a positive affirmation during your practice.
Setting your intention
Take a few moments at the start of your practice to close your eyes and plant the seed of intention in your mind. As you move and breathe, you can then direct your efforts towards that internal goal.
To really reinforce that positive message, take a minute or two to meditate on your intention at the end of your practice. Once the seed’s been planted, you can water it with your words and actions off the mat, which can in turn uplift and inspire other people too.
Here are five of my favourite affirmations that I have used to inspire my yoga practice and improve my life over the years. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!
1. “I feel connected.”
I know how easy it is to take too much on and find yourself running around in circles like a headless chook. During these times, your mind can start to go along a different path than the one your body is on. This often leads you to feeling scattered, and it’s not unusual to make poor choices from that space.
When that happens to me, I use this intention to reclaim that beautiful sense of mind-body connection which always leaves me feeling calm, quiet, and content.
2. “My mind is relaxed and clear.”
It’s fair to say I wasn't blessed with a peaceful interior in this life. So those times where my mind starts racing like it’s on an IndyCar circuit, I recruit one of my old faithfuls.
I’ll work with this intention every day until my mind does actually start to resemble something relaxed and clear.
3. “Inhale joy, exhale love.”
Ah, I love using the breath to facilitate a more uplifted state of being! You can replace mine with any positive words that resonate with you, but for me, joy and love are two emotions that elevate my vibration to a magical place.
I will often reinforce this affirmation whilst I’m practicing, particularly when I’m holding a challenging pose for a little longer than I may want to.
4. “I am love.”
Kinda self-explanatory, this short, sweet, and simple affirmation can be really comforting if you’re having one of those weeks... It’s like giving yourself a big hug on the inside.
And honestly, when you repeat these three simple words often, you start to feel so much love for others. What a way to make sure your love tap never runneth dry!
5. “Everything I need is already within me.”
This is such a powerful message to send to the deeper mind. It’s human nature to look outside of ourselves for happiness and contentment. But the truth is, happiness and contentment come from the way we see things, not from the things themselves.
Once we start to realize this, we start to realize happiness and contentment, instead of trying to receive them from something or someone.
Realizing your affirmation
Even though you can use these positive affirmations off the mat, I find that when I’m practicing, my mind and body are so much more open to these messages – which obviously makes them way more effective.
So, do any of these resonate with you? If you have any others that have worked wonders in your world, I’d love to know about them. Go on, share the love.