Journal Prompts

Discover What Your True Self has to Say

We hope you’ve explored the previous modules and are starting to gain a stronger understanding of yourself, your potential, and your own worth. You have so much to offer the world! Our desire is that you can settle into yourself enough to begin asking deeper questions: “Why am I here? What is my purpose? What is the point of it all?”

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Answering these big questions requires listening. It requires sitting in stillness long enough to hear your wise inner thoughts. Give them the space to emerge on the following prompts.

It can be a little scary to hear what your true self has to say, especially if it means you have to make changes in your life that affect other people. But now you know how to be mindful! You are more awake and aware. You will find your way. You have all the skills you need right here in this guidebook. Open your mind and develop your strong body to support you! We trust you.

Now have fun discovering what your true self has to say.


Settling Into Yourself

  1. Name three qualities you appreciate and like about yourself.
  2. What are some qualities that don’t serve you that you could let go of?
  3. While letting go of certain actions, behaviors, or thoughts, what will you replace them with?
  4. What are some qualities that you admire in others and would like to practice for yourself?

Positive Thinking

  1. When you think positive thoughts, where do you feel it in your body?
  2. When you think negative thoughts, where do you feel it in your body?
  3. When are the moments in the day when your mind feels most clear?
  4. What are you doing in these moments?
  5. Can you describe how this feels?
  6. Do you notice when you’re not thinking clearly? What does this feel like?

Creating Change

  1. Change your mind, change your life! What thoughts or thought patterns may be holding you back from living fully?
  2. If knowledge is power and has the ability to create change, where in your life have you used your brainpower and understanding to make a change that really served you?
  3. List a few positive thoughts and positive mantras you can say out loud to help you change the thought patterns listed above.

Practicing Non-Violence

  1. Do you believe in practicing non-violence? In what parts of your life do you use it?
  2. Do you practice non-violence in the way you speak? Or treat others?
  3. What do you do when you are angry? How do you protect yourself?
  4. How do you set boundaries? Write down examples of ways in which you do it peacefully or violently, even if it’s subtle, with rude, sarcastic comments.
  5. Notice in your life where you might practice non-violence or peacefulness. What does this look like? Can you feel it in your body? Do you think there could be a situation where non-violence wouldn’t work, and violence would be necessary?
  6. What are some steps you can take toward shifting to more non-violent thoughts, actions, and words?

Discovering Authenticity

  1. Are you the same person when you’re alone as when you’re with others?
  2. When you speak, are you honest? Can you be honest when you know it might hurt yourself or others?
  3. What does dishonesty look like, and how have you been dishonest?
  4. How can you be more honest in your daily life?

Celebrating Joy

  1. Can you celebrate another’s joy? What does that look like?
  2. Who do you admire?
  3. Why and how do you honor their work?
  4. Is it possible to create something for the pure joy of it without focusing on solely the outcome?

Respecting Boundaries

  1. Are you respectful of other people’s time?
  2. Are you more often on time or late?
  3. How do you honor your own time?

Meeting Your Edge

  1. How can you tell when you’re meeting the limits of what you’re capable of, both physically and mentally?
  2. When you meet your edge, are you uncomfortable and shy away, or do you push your edge to see what’s next?
  3. Are you a “yes” person, or do you know how to say no to set boundaries that honor self-care?
  4. A balanced life is one of the keys to happiness. Where do you notice balance or imbalance in your life?
  5. What areas of your life can you pay more attention to?

Building Resilience

  1. Think of a time when you had your feelings hurt. How did you recover from that?
  2. Have you ever tried out for a team or applied for something and not been chosen? What did that feel like?
  3. Did you feel it somewhere specifically in your body? Make a list of times or situations in your life where you showed resilience.

Craving Balance

  1. What do you crave the most (affection, acknowledgment, attention, isolation, etc.) and why?
  2. Do you consider balance/moderation when engaging with the things you crave?
  3. Are you ever satiated? What does that feel like?
  4. Do you experience highs and lows in life? Where do you feel them in your body?

Exercising Discipline

  1. What does discipline mean to you?
  2. When do you exercise discipline in your life? What does it look like for you?
  3. How do you feel when you’re practicing discipline?
  4. What is the hardest area in your life in which to practice discipline?
  5. What are you inspired by, and does that motivate you to stay more disciplined? Why?
  6. How do you create meaning and value in what you do?
  7. How can you begin to practice yoga as a disciplined part of your daily life?

Adapting and Surrenduring

  1. The ability to adapt to circumstances is where true surrender and power lies. Where in your life have you been able to adapt?
  2. What are some tools you use when you have to shift from one situation to another?
  3. What would help you be able to adapt more easily?
  4. When do you find it hard to adapt?

Inspiring Others

  1. When we are inspired, we give off life and light. What or who inspires you and how have you used this to breathe light into your own life?
  2. The veils, shadows, and darkness over our minds lift when we understand things. Do you recall a moment in your life where you felt the lightbulb in your mind turn on and you understood something more clearly?
  3. If you are made of energy and you are a source of light, how can you shine onto others who may not feel as bright?
  4. Think about a time when you have felt down or low-energy. Is there a person in your life who lifts you up, reminds you of who you are, or supports you with love?
  5. Take a moment to write a short thank-you note to that person and show it to them if you’re comfortable.

Building a Strong Body

  1. What makes us strong?
  2. How is physical strength different from mental strength?
  3. How does yoga support our physical strength?
  4. How does yoga support our mental strength?
  5. Who is the most powerful person you know? Are they mentally strong, physically strong, or both?
  6. What are some of your strengths and how are you using them to support your learning environment, your social connections, and your community?

Stretching Your Flexibility

  1. Flexibility is a state of both the mind and the body. We can train both to become more flexible. Mental flexibility is the mind’s ability to let go of preferences and patterns and be open to the opinions of others. How are you mentally flexible?
  2. Have you noticed a time when you were or were not mentally flexible? What was the outcome in either case?
  3. Flexibility in the body comes over time with understanding, mindfulness, and effort. Our bodies become tight every night when we sleep, and upon waking, we may notice stiffness. Do you have a practice of stretching your body? Even if it’s just bending over to pick up the remote control, every little thing helps! List a couple of ways or times you can stretch every day.

Connecting with Love

  1. Have you ever felt emotionally connected to someone or something?
  2. What did it feel like?
  3. Where do you feel it?
  4. Connection brings on intimacy and love. Do you have a family member or friend that you tell your secrets to?
  5. What does love mean to you?
  6. Who do you love?
  7. What does love look like for you?
  8. A group of like-minded people can be referred to as a community of hearts. Who makes up your community of hearts?
  9. How do you show your love to your family and friends?

Releasing Stress

  1. What makes you feel stressed?
  2. What does stress feel like?
  3. Where do you feel it in your body?
  4. What do you do to relieve stress?
  5. Some stress is good stress—how can you tell if the stress you’re feeling is healthy or not?
  6. We can manifest stress in mental, emotional, and physical ways. For each of these ways, we can also dissipate the stress we are experiencing. Create a plan for stress release for each of these three ways.

Semester–Long Weekly Yoga Treasure Challenge

Challenge yourself to discover one Yoga Treasure on a weekly basis. The treasure is not tangible, meaning you won’t be able to hold it or touch it. It could be a sight that settles you into a sense of calm, a delicious stretch during your yoga practice, or an inhale that grounds you when you’re having a difficult moment. Collect your treasures throughout the week by sketching or writing them down. First, set a goal to do this practice for one week. Take note of one thing every day: a thoughtful conversation, a song, an actual meditation, a walk in the woods, or an item that caused you to pause and reflect. Discover the wonders of what happens when you start noticing how meditation, calm and peace sneak into your life!

Find out what’s true for you by answering the prompts in this section. It requires deep listening, getting quiet and paying attention to your wise inner thoughts. You got this! The more you practice, the easier it becomes. And have fun!