Setting the Intention for Fun

Erica Rodefer Winters has an agenda this summer: fun. Here she lists the things she can't wait to do.


In yoga class, we talk a lot about intentions. We often take a moment to set an intention at the beginning of class: Something as simple as stretching our hamstrings or as deep as cultivating world peace (starting with ourselves, of course). Sometimes we take a moment at the end of class to set an intention to hold on to feeling of calm we’re experiencing as we leave the studio and move through our day. We talk about the yamas and the niyamas, yoga’s guidelines to help us be better people. With these guidelines in mind, we intend to learn more, study harder, eat better, and clean up after ourselves. And we want to pay it forward, too, and make the world a better place than we found it. I LOVE these intentions and, like so many other devoted yogis, I strive to life my life in this way. In fact, sometimes I find myself getting caught up in it all—looking for the deeper meanings in my poses (they are all metaphors for life, right?) and I forget that the practice, as deep as it is, is also about enjoying the experience of being in the present moment and loving life!

So this summer, I’m making a different kind of intention. I’m going to enjoy myself, without thinking too hard about what it all means. I put together a list of things that are fun for me. And I’m going to finish each one before the end of the summer, not because I need to complete items on my to-do list, but because it makes my heart sing. I hope it will inspire you to get out and have some fun this summer, too!

Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga If I do nothing else this summer, I am going to figure out a way to get out on the water on a paddleboard. I can’t think of anything that sounds more amazing than trying out my Downward Dog while floating on top of the water.

Aerial Yoga I’ve been intrigued by the idea of practicing asana with the support of or suspended by fabric ropes. There just so happens to be a studio that offers aerial yoga classes opening near me later this summer. I’ll be ready.

Run a 5K I hate running. But I love the way I feel afterward. So while I haven’t run in several years, I’ve decided I’m going to start again right now. I have even enlisted the help of a friend who lives nearby so we can motivate each other.

Finish writing and editing my eBook and get it into production! I’m sharing this publicly so now I HAVE to finish. (It’s a fun book about yoga. I think you’ll like it!)

Finish reading the partially-read books that have been collecting dust on my shelves for months. Not all of them–that would take more than a couple of months–just the really good ones that I have been meaning to crack open again.

Practice yoga on the beach This shouldn’t be hard since I live close to some of the most amazing beaches around.

Take a vacation with my husband and daughter. And when I say vacation, I mean vacation–NOT using “vacation” time for doctor’s appointments or visiting family or hosting guests. I mean a trip for the sole purpose of relaxing and having fun. We’re not going far, but a long weekend in a neighboring city seeing the sights and enjoying life is just what the doctor ordered. I can’t wait!

What fun things are you planning to do this summer?