Intentions of the Heart: Yin Yoga and Insight Meditation
April 1-2, 2017, Antaratma Yoga Shala, Innsbruck (Austria)
Our intentions—conscious or unconscious, big or small—contribute to our suffering or our happiness. Intentions are the seeds that become our garden. Within a “yin” approach to yoga and meditation, we can become more mindful of our intentions. The practice of stillness allows us to listen to and clarify our deeper intentions for practice and our life. Often we may practice yoga and meditation with an overemphasis on technique. But by shifting one’s approach from a technique-based practice to an intention-guided practice, we can more readily realize the tenderness and compassion of the unguarded Heart.
“Everything rests on the tip of motivation.” – Tibetan proverb.
The Buddha defined Wise Intention as having three aspects: the intention of kindness, the intention of compassionand the intention of renunciation. Each intention serves the skillful cultivation of wisdom and love in our life.
In this special three-part intensive, I will focus on one aspect of Wise Intention per session. We will use the quiet practices of Yin Yoga and Insight Meditation, followed by reflective writing, to shed light on intention, to learn from that intention, and to promote an onward cultivation of wisdom.