Goal vs. Intention – Yoga Teacher to Yoga Teacher

This is another video in the New Yoga Teacher to New Yoga Teacher series, part of my work to support new yoga teachers. Here I talk about how to deal with both good days and bad days, and yes, they do happen. As they say about riding and laying down a motorcycle: it’s not a matter of if, but when.

I made this tonight at Taj Yoga, but the idea has been on my mind for a long time. It’s a lesson I learned from the Summer Retreat in Leavenworth as part of my 500-hour teacher training. One afternoon after lunch, as we were walking back to our rooms, I caught up with my teacher Kathryn Payne and talked to her about some of my fears and anxiety of being a new teacher.

Kathryn said an important thing that I continue to cherish and put to good use. She said there’s a difference between a goal and an intention. A Goal is something you set, and you may eventually achieve, and then move on to other goals. An Intention is something that can potentially stay with you for your whole career.