Friday, 17 January 2014

New Year Sankalpa

It’s that time of year when people think about making New Year resolutions.  The yogic equivalent of a New Year resolution is a Sankalpa.  There are, however, some important differences between the two, notably:-
New Year resolutions tend to focus on something negative about yourself: for example, ‘I will lose weight’ implies you are overweight; ‘I will get fitter’ implies you are unfit.  A Sankalpa, however, brings to the fore a quality that you already possess, but is somehow masked.  As an example, a Sankalpa could be ‘I am calm’.  At your core you are calm, but this may be masked by stress which you can alleviate through your yoga practice.  Another example might be ‘I am healthy’, which again is your natural state - but lifestyle, and environmental factors can get in the way of total health.  Again your yoga practice can help restore health.  A Sankalpa would NOT be ‘I am wealthy’ because that is not a quality within you.  However ‘I am abundant’ IS a Sankalpa because we all have an abundance of things in our lives that we can be grateful for.
New Year’s resolutions are usually set in the future tense (see above) whereas a Sankalpa is set in the present tense as if that quality is already present in your life (which it is although it may be masked). Our subconscious then endeavours to manifest the Sankalpa removing any obstacles to our seeing its presence.
In order to know your Sankalpa your yoga practice should focus on removing tension from the body in order to remove distractions that prevent you knowing your Sankalpa, quieten the mind using forward bends, inversions, meditative moves and breathing practices such as Ujjayi Breathing and Alternate Nostril Breathing.  Your yoga practice should also focus on taking your focus in (pratyahara)

Please visit my YouTube yoga channel. If you follow the links below you will find the videos New Year Sankalpa-Part-1 and New Year Sankalpa-Part-2 

Wednesday, 15 January 2014


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