Ojo's Intention Garden
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in
where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul.” --
Guests who enter the Ojo Yoga Yurt can instantly feel how the circular
structure invites serenity and harmony. A yoga instructor welcomes each
guest. But, before the teacher begins to guide participants through
the physical postures of yoga, which are intended to relax, expand, and
balance the body and mind, he or she first invites everyone to set an intention
for the session.
What do you wish to dedicate this hour of practice to? What dream
or hope would you like to focus on during this yoga session?
The instructor places a pen and a ‘seeded card’ (a square, hand-made piece
of paper embedded with seeds of wild flowers) in front of each yoga
mat. Participants are then invited to write down an intention or
prayer – something meaningful and personal that they wish to focus on.
The guest is then asked to attach the card to one of the branches of the
metal-sculpted ‘Intention Tree,’ located prominently in the round, intimate
room. The instructor further explains that each and every one of the hand-written
cards are collected and saved for a splendid purpose … every Spring, hundreds
of these written intentions are carefully soaked and planted in our "Intention
Garden" located outside of the Yoga Yurt.
After everyone has completed the exercise, the yoga journey begins. For
the next 80-minutes, participants enjoy relaxing stretching and breathing.
These rejuvenating exercises are a perfect complement to one of Ojo’s
unique spa treatments, a walk or hike through the treasured land, or a
soak in the sacred, healing mineral waters.
By mid-summer, the “Intention Garden” is replete and blazing with wild
flowers – as if the intentions and prayers were embodied in the magnificent
florid colors and shapes.
“Every individual has an opportunity to leave their own impression at
Ojo in a permanent way – whether their thoughts are a symbol of their visit,
a hope, or a dream – the essence of that intention will blossom every Spring!”
said Jeannine Mallory, Ojo’s Spa and Yoga Program Director. “The intentions
are a beautiful way for our guests to focus on synchronizing the prana
or breath while flowing through yoga poses with the aim of grounding the
body, mind and spirit. That grounding energy is evidently translated to
our garden. Not only does the Intention Garden enhance the beauty of the
physical landscape here at Ojo, but it is also our hope that by our guests
creating their intention and knowing it will be planted to grow in our
garden, that it will also enhance the experience of their own life’s journey.
This is a memory they can then reflect on each time they return to this
Hatha and Restorative Yoga Classes are offered 7 days a week at Ojo Caliente
Mineral Springs Resort & Spa for guests practicing at all levels.
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