As discussed in the previous post, part of keeping your Yoga relevant to our lives often involve rediscovering just what exercise, fitness and healthy movement may mean in different times and circumstances of your life. The Yoga practice of an athlete in their 20’s may show up differently than someone who is nearing 50 who may be working through a medical challenge. Those who come to me for Yoga or postural therapy to address acute or chronic pain,  stress or other difficult health problems often begin setting goals colored by the fear and frustration that come when their lifestyle and livelihood are threatened. As gains are made, no matter what the initial reasons one has begun work on themselves, a door opens to broaden benefits and goals to include recovering lost activities and releasing life limitations on many levels.   Part of this may involve noticing what motivations may be driving your efforts and how these may evolve.  There is a growing movement to bring positive intention to the forefront of setting life goals, and this includes the area of exercise, fitness and overall health and wellness. From postive intention come concrete goals and plans to implement the activities, practices or techniques to attain these goals. Positive intention orients us to health, wellness and more joyous living as it is derived from our deepest self and highest wisdom. Yogis would call this deep intuitive wisdom the inner “guru”, many others call it source  intelligence. Intentions that are born of this wisdom are not reactive or fear based but instead come framed more positively and serve our highest development and aims. Our practice of Yoga and meditation themselves are invitations to bring the stillness of mind and openness of heart that create the space for us to hear our intutive voice and benefit from its wisdom in this life affirming way. I believe that at the root of the Yoga and the Wellness Practices is learning how to use positive intention to move beyond our initial fear responses to dis-stress and dis-ease and accepting such symptoms as messages from our deepest selves. Although this may sound like an almost “pollyanna-ish” dismissal of our human pains and suffering it is not. I assure all this is written with the deep understanding that there may be a challenging, sometimes painful work involved on this path toward healing.  It is here that Yoga itself can change our entire orientation toward health and wellness. We can embrace  all this difficulty somewhat less fearfully  as a part of the process of using our distress and symptoms as a springboard toward even greater wellness.   As we then discover and use our resources more positively we can change the inevitable and potentially immobilizing stress responses we experience. This can offer access to our higher intuition and the chance to cultivate more positive intentions and solutions in our life. – See more at: http://creativeedgeyoga.com/2011/10/the-ways-of-wellness-and-positive-intention/#sthash.kmBCso1P.dpuf