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Intention Setting is Your Power

Intention Setting is Your Power

Have you ever decided in the morning that you will stick to a goal, such as being patient with others, and find yourself lashing out at someone 4 hours later? Most of the time we set goals with the best of intentions, and end up getting lost in our conditioned patterns of behavior somewhere along the way. Setting your intention, or sankalpa, can be a beautiful way to start your day, create a mini-goal, or have a theme for your day. An intention, in yoga, is a phrase or word that gives you the opportunity to place your attention on something. During the middle and end of the yoga session, you might be encouraged to check in with that intention to re-center and remind yourself of the phrase or word you chose. This check-in is a beautiful way to get you back on track if you get lost in your thoughts or the ego gets involved during yoga.

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You might be wondering how to use this tool during your day.

Attach the intention setting to a task you complete every day already

For example, if you drink coffee or tea in the morning, this can be a moment for you to reflect.

Set your Sankalpa

Close your eyes or have a soft gaze toward the ground. Turn the awareness inward to assess what it is that you really need in that moment and throughout the day. Is it peace? Strength? Patience? Gratitude? Focus on the word (patience) or phrase (I am patient). Notice any emotions or sensations that come up for you.

Think about your why

Why is this intention important to you? How will those around you benefit? What will they see?

Middle of the day check-in

Without judgment, turn the awareness inward for a moment during a break and inquire how it has been going today. Did you veer from the path of your intention? It is great that you noticed this! Each moment is an opportunity to begin again. What is one way to get back on track with your intention?


*I recommend setting an alarm, calendar note, or reminder in your planner so that you don’t forget to check in*


Whether you are setting your intention for yoga practice or for daily life, enjoy the benefits of reflection and mindfully shifting your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors!

*Schedule a consultation with Kristie, who specializes in yoga-informed therapy, DBT, teaching mindfulness techniques, improving boundaries and codependency, beating burnout, and anxiety and depression relief. 

Kristie Powell is a therapist who specializes in yoga-informed therapy, DBT, and mindfulness. Since 2008, yoga and mindfulness have been her constant companions through life transitions, career changes, and motherhood. Through these practices, she was able to gain a deep understanding of herself and the world around her. She had more compassion, fun, and inner peace. One of the most beautiful aspects of life is that we create meaning in our lives; which puts us in the driver’s seat and in control of our happiness.

Chakra Healing Explained

Chakra Healing Explained

Yoga has been a part of my life for over a decade, but it wasn’t until my yoga teacher training that I began to fully understand chakras and how balancing chakras positively affects mind, body, and soul. If you have been making attempts to work on yourself yet aren’t quite seeing the results you anticipated, perhaps chakra healing is something to look into!

Balancing your chakras is important.

Chakras are spinning energy centers in the body that correlate with nerve bundles and internal organs. When your chakras are balanced, you will feel peace, strength, inner knowing, and be in touch with your intuition and the world around you. Imbalances manifest as emotional issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, programming from childhood, and attachment issues to name a few. Physical manifestations of chakra imbalances can affect every system in the body, depending on the issue. Feelings of disconnect, lack of meaning in life, and lack of inner “sight” are some soul manifestations of imbalance.

Chakra balancing will help you expand your consciousness.

Sometimes it is easier for our Western or masculine inquiring mind to comprehend the physical and mental effects of a chakra out of balance. I’m sure you have heard and experienced heartache before. For example, our heart chakra (Anahata), is the development and expression of love, communication, higher qualities of compassion, and kindness. An imbalanced heart chakra is associated with physical symptoms such as cardiac, circulatory, and respiratory problems.

As a licensed mental health counselor, chakra healing is a different way to look at a difficulty someone is experiencing. Therapy is a wonderful way to identify and work through chakra imbalances. Combining therapy and other modalities can be synergistic, creating a powerful impact. Mental health therapy can be combined with modalities like acupuncture, sound healing, Chinese or Aryuvedic medicine, yoga, Reiki, Qigong, Tai Chi, and more. Become a student of life and enjoy the process of learning and expanding your consciousness.

Add chakra healing to your toolbox to heal emotional wounds.

Eastern practices and philosophies offer us a multitude of ways to heal our emotional wounds, find relief from physical ailments, and expand our consciousness. Albert Einstein stated, “We cannot solve a problem with the same thinking the same thinking that created them”. Adding chakra healing techniques to your well-being toolbox might be what you have been looking for to move through and heal emotional wounds. 

Everything is energy. Emotion is energy in motion. If you find a way to shift the energy, your outlook and path can align with the way envision your life to be.

You can join Kristie, who is a registered yoga teacher, in a 6-week chakra healing group to help you break free from unhelpful thought patterns and behaviors. Register here today!

Kristie Powell is a therapist who specializes in yoga-informed therapy, DBT, and mindfulness. Since 2008, yoga and mindfulness have been her constant companions through life transitions, career changes, and motherhood. Through these practices, she was able to gain a deep understanding of herself and the world around her. She had more compassion, fun, and inner peace. One of the most beautiful aspects of life is that we create the meaning in our lives; which puts us in the driver’s seat and in control of our happiness.