What is Sankalpa?

 What is Sankalpa?
Sankalpa Is your heartfelt intention.
San= an idea that is formed in the heart
Kalpa= “This is the rule I will follow above all other rules”


In Yoga Nidra we work with Sankalpa (intention or resolution) We enter and close the Yoga Nidra practice with our sankalpa. This is considered the “seed” of growth in the area of your life that is calling for attention, This may be in the realm of your state of health, relationship, career or  spiritual practice. You welcome sankalpa into the foreground of your conscious mind and from that place of intention where you are in the relaxed “being” state, this intention is embedded in the subconscious  mind. Neuroscience and mindfulness research have proven that the subconscious mind does not know the difference between what is true or not true- it just follows the orders of the conscious mind.

The ancient teachings of the  Upanishads state “You are your deepest desire” [sankalpa]. 
We don’t hold Sankalpa as a future possibility, but instead plant the seed in a present tense statement as an existing reality. For example :

For example :
Instead of- I hope to heal, (quit smoking, find love, find work, etc) we would use the sankalpa “I am whole, healed and healthy (I have everything I need- time, love, finances.etc.)
Other examples might be:

Sankalpa’s are individual personal intentions. They change with life’s circumstances. We typically work with one sankalpa at a time for several months. When you first practice Yoga Nidra you may just want to work with the simple resolve of  “I am at ease and open to insight”
These are basic guidelines for developing a more personal focused sankalpa;

Be aware of the difference of Wants  and Needs-

Wants are associated with things that are pleasant and are born from our conditioning or from our base impulses.

Needs are desires that are related to the intrinsic desires of the soul to fulfill it’s higher purpose. To the degree that you can access your soul and allow it to guide you- the less compelled you are to act on desires born from fear, old patterns, low self esteem and past hurts.

Drafting your sankalpa:
Ask your self these  questions:

What do I want to “feel” more of in my life. What circumstances could bring forth more of that feeling?
What do I want to achieve or become?
In what direction do I want to grow at this point in my life?
What would that growth feel or look like to me?

When drafting the sankalpa, here are some key points to keep in mind:

 Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.   




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