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Sankalpa: Living with Intention

What is Sankalpa?

Creating a Sankalpa (intention) is a key component to the practice of Yoga Nidra. During this state of wakeful sleep, we plant an intention like we would a seed into our subconscious minds so that it may later one day manifest as Truth. 

◦ A Sankalpa is an affirmation or intention that is stated internally in the positive present tense, planted like a seed in our psyche. This resolve is typically paired with a visual image of the intention. 

◦ Sankalpa is a clear and simple statement in the positive present tense. Consider what it is that you desire, hope to achieve, or wish to manifest in your life. State that wish in the positive present tense, as if it were already true. 

◦ By the end of the practice, the Sankalpa is stored in the deep levels of the brain to come to manifestation. You can repeat your Sankalpa in waking life to further implement its benefits and use it like a mantra to remind yourself to live aligned with the qualities you wish to manifest. 

◦ Repeat the same Sankalpa during Yoga Nidra, until you feel it has come to be (usually 5-10 times).

Sankalpa Examples: 

◦ I am the embodiment of _______ (peace, joy, love, wellness, health, etc.)

◦ I flow through life with ease and grace.

◦ I let go of what was, I accept what is, I manifest what will be.

◦ I cherish and love myself.

◦ My heart is open and relaxed.

◦ The world supports me as I grow.

How to practice:

◦ Find a guided Yoga Nidra practice on youtube or download my Free 20 Minute Yoga Nidra practice.

◦ Make time to practice just before bed or right as you awaken in the morning.

◦ Dim the lights of the room and make sure you will be undisturbed for the duration of the practice.

◦ Consider your Sankalpa, verbally and visually.

◦ Lie in Savasana position (or any position that is comfortable and can be sustained for a long period of time in stillness). Use any necessary props to support your body during the practice.

◦ Play the audio recording. Simply listen to and follow the voice as it speaks.

◦ After the practice, consider remaining in meditation for a few minutes to allow the benefits to seep into your system.

◦ Gently clap the hands up and down the body (from feet to crown of head), to reawaken the senses and transition back into waking life.