What is Sankalpa?

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The power of intention

Known in yogic tradition long before scientists discovered neuro-plasticity!

Sankalpa put simply is stating your intention!

Each time I step onto my yoga mat for practice I set an intention to help me focus on my desired goal and outcome. This week my daily yoga practice began with what seemed like a simple intention ‘to focus on my practice through mindful presence’.

The week prior my mind had me in many places and none looked remotely like my yoga mat! Don’t get me wrong, I lit the candle, played the music, laid out the mat and physically was in postures for 30 minutes! My mind however had wondered, again and again throughout my practice.

Did it work? Yes!

Setting the intention to focus through mindful presence was powerful this week. It allowed me to clearly state a goal and outcome for my practice, and this helped focus my mind.

Amazingly, I found myself using it outside my yoga practice too, when showering, eating, drinking and walking. I even used it to cut back on phone time, tv time and any other distraction that took me away from me in the present moment.

So why try it?

  • To form or reform habits that better serve our wellbeing/self care/needs/ wants and desires

  • To create change through focused attention and deeper clarity - I ask myself ‘for what purpose do you want change?” and to each response I ask the same again ‘ for what purpose? I do this until my intention aligns to a higher level of self. This helps create congruency in my life and helps me feel passion, purpose through more empowering meaning.

  • Because our brains are flexible and through neuro-plasticity we can rewire our brains to overcome limiting beliefs and fears.

  • To create a consciousness and awakening to our higher self - who doesn’t want that?!

Still not sure?

In 2007 a book called ‘Intention Experiment,’ explored the science of intention, drawing on the findings of leading scientists around the world. Lynne Mactaggart the author used cutting-edge research conducted at Princeton, MIT, Stanford, and other universities and laboratories to reveal that intent can profoundly affect our lives.

William A. Tiller, a professor emeritus at Stanford University, argues: “For the last 400 years, an unstated assumption of science is that human intention cannot affect what we call physical reality. Our experimental research of the past decade shows that, for today’s world and under the right conditions, this assumption is no longer correct.”

Your Emotions Are Habitual...

Your Emotions of Habit

Emotions of Habit

Our thoughts and emotions are habitual…

As well as rituals for how we dress for weddings, and behave on New Years Eve, we also have habitual ritual thoughts within our minds. These habitual thoughts become our regular emotions we feel on an ongoing basis. Purely through repetition.

For you to feel any emotion, there are certain things you have to picture in your mind, words you have got to say in your head and a certain perspective you have to adopt in relation to those images and words that then create the feeling in your body. When you train a muscle like your shoulder in one particular direction, the more you do it, the stronger the muscle becomes at moving in that direction.

The brain is a muscle too, so just like any other muscle in your body, if you get it to think of a certain collection of images or events you have experienced in your life and you look at these events from the perspective of making you feel bad, or unconfident, or incapable.

The more you fire this set of neuro associations off in your head, the easier it will be for you to fall into that emotion, no matter what opportunities exist for you today or ahead.

In fact the emotion can grow stronger over time just like a muscle grows in strength.

When our brains habitually go into the process/context of ‘depression’ or ‘anger’, Our brain will do this no matter what is occurring in the outside world. This then becomes what we call our reality. Have you ever managed to feel the same about your life even though your life situation may have changed vastly? Have you ever waited and waited to get away on vacation – only to find you feel exactly as bad on vacation as you did at home?

This is when we are living in our heads, 
in the past or predicted future but never in the present.

The information here is just the tip of the iceberg.