What does it mean when an instructor invites a class to set an intention:

An intention is bringing your attention and awareness to a quality or virtue you wish to cultivate for your practice both on and off your mat.

Examples : patience, gratitude, grace, being present in the moment , awareness of breath, love , forgiveness , letting go , releasing negativity, being open to receive , inner strength or peacefulness .

By setting an intention you are building a bridge between what you work on your mat, and continue to focus your mind on when you are off your mat. This intention is a powerfully energetic tool to take your practice into the world.

Separate from intention, a dedication is a conscious decision to send positive energy to someone or something other than yourself, that inspires or motivates you to stay present on your mat .