Yoga, intentions, and how they changed my life

Two years ago I went to India for the first time.

Specifically to study yoga at the source of Ashtanga yoga, Mysore.

I went to Mysore feeling lost, and asking for my life purpose.

The answer I got was:

You know you are on purpose if what you are doing makes you thrive.

So I asked myself, what makes me thrive?

  • Different cultures
  • Being outside/ nature
  • Spiritual connection
  • Adventure
  • New experiences
  • Being of service

Suddenly I felt like I got the point. I realized that these are the things that make me happy, and settling down and doing what I saw everyone else doing around me wasn’t going to do it for me.

My three months in Mysore left me a changed person, and I knew I had to return to India.

Nine months later I was back.

The best advice I got about traveling in India is that India is like a magnifying glass. What ever you put out comes back to you MAGNIFIED.

This was so true.

I quickly put aside any fear about my trip and began setting my positive intentions:

  • I have a smooth and easy time in India
  • I meet amazing, friendly, nice people
  • I am always safe and protected
  • I deepen my spiritual connection
  • I have amazing adventures

I began reciting my intentions over and over in my head.

Guess what?

It worked!

The six months I spent this second time in India were truly magical. Every intention I set happened to the maximum degree.

  • I met amazing people.
  • I always felt safe.
  • I got amazing places to stay.
  • I accomplished all of my adventures. (Cycling from Manali to Leh, Cycling from Leh to Srinagar, kayaking the Zanskar Gorge and Upper Indus, Trekking the Marka Valley)
  • I deepened my spiritual practices
  • I made an amazing short film
  • I became a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher
  • I met a healer and did alot of personal growth work
  • I met my life partner
  • Doors opened.

Every single intention I set happened.

(Truth be told I didn’t want to leave, and can’t wait to go back.)

My whole life changed while I was there, and it felt like true transformation.

I deepened my commitment to yoga, healing, and meditation. And it is now the path I am pursuing.

I got the feeling while I was in India to come to Bali, and that Bali would be my new base.

I am now in Bali.

Never having been here before I am trusting the guidance and doors are opening.

My new intention is:

  • Thank you for the magnificent outcome in Bali

My heart feels like it is still in India, and sometimes I wonder why I am here and not there.

I am getting clear that my purpose in life is this journey of self discovery and where it brings me.

Bali is bringing:

  • healing
  • amazing connections with like minded people
  • fantastic yoga
  • lovely local people
  • calm, peace, and healthy living
  • continued personal growth

Everyday I am feeling grateful that I took the first step two years ago to go to India, and continue this journey of self discovery.

What led me there was yoga, faith, and following my heart.

A friend once told me that taking a leap of faith is like being on the flying trapeze. You can’t grab the next trapeze until you let go of the one you are on.

So I have let go of the old trapeze. I am asking for guidance everyday, and trusting that I am exactly where I am meant to be right now, and that the more I open, doors will open, and it is proving to be true.

Thank you!

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  1. maddy
    maddy says:

    HI! So happy to find this! So happy that you found peace within yourself! I’m 18 and am looking for a little guidance. I’m currently in teacher training and something is telling me i need to go to India! I’m unsure where to go or where to start?! Can you help me? I would love to deepen my yoga (I’m in power yoga training right now) and spiritual practices. If you could email me that would be so greatly appreciated!

  2. The Fire
    The Fire says:

    Thanks for your comment on my blog, and I apologize that I only just saw it recently.I always say if you get the calling to go to India it’s for a reason.
    So go!
    I am back in India for the 3rd time.
    I am currently in Rishikesh which is a 5 to 6 hour train ride from Delhi in the foothills of the Himalaya on the Ganges River.
    For me this is a very spiritual place that I connect with deeply.
    However I want to emphasize that everyone is different and because I connect here doesnt mean everyone will.
    I am here to deepen my spiritual connection and have been going to different spiritual masters and listening. I am also practicing ashtanga yoga at Tattvaa Yoga Shala.
    I would ask yourself these questions:

    * why do I want to go to India?
    * what to I want to get out of my trip?
    If it is to deepen your spiritual connection and yoga practice that is a good place to start.

    My first trip to India was to Mysore the birthplace of ashtanga yoga, and it was life changing.
    I practiced for 3 months with Shararth Jois at KPJYI.
    I had already been practicing ashtanga for a few years before coming to Mysore.
    My second trip to India I spent one week in Dharmshala and practiced Iyengar yoga at the Himalayan Iyengar Institute.
    Which I would recommend if you do Iyengar.
    I did a one month teacher training in Rishikesh with Kamal Singh at Tattvaa Yoga Shala which was very good and was a deep immersion into the philosophy and other limbs of yoga which is what I was wanting.
    I will definitly go back again to Mysore as ashtanga is my practice and Mysore is the motherland.

    To give any guidance to you I would say…

    * start asking for signs
    * if there is a place that keeps pulling you go there!

    I hope this helps!

    Love and Light,


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