< Go Back Intentions Sankalpa Have you ever been in your yoga class and not understood what the teacher was saying? Your teacher is reciting words in Sanskrit and you may even find yourself looking round, copying the moves and just following lead, don't worry we have ALL been there and I promise you it does get easier but also don't beat yourself up if it doesn't, I still have days where I forget the translations of Sanskrit and my mind goes blank. But I just tell myself it's because I'm in the zone.
So how about when your teacher talks about a Sankalpa, have you found yourself peeking through one eye and no one is moving or doing anything. So, you just sit there and take a few breaths waiting for your next cue or maybe your mind starts chattering and you start thinking about your to do lists or what's for dinner!
Well the Sanskrit word Sankalpa is one I wanted to give you a little more information about and welcome you to and hopefully encourage you to practice. Broken down, San refers to an association with the highest validity and Kalpa means vow or promise. Together loosely translated, Sankalpa is a vow and a commitment we make to support our highest truth. In other words, it's our intention. As you step on to your mat many teachers will encouraged to set an intention for your practice. This is a powerful time for you, for you to allow everything to be released, find a focus and create space past physical benefits for your mind and body to connect.
Sankalpa is a traditional yoga practice that takes a lot of time and awareness and most importantly reflection you are trying to find your meaning. You may start with temporary sankalpas or even your teachers , but over time the true sankalpas will shine through and it should be kept for the duration. It will most probably change depending on obstacles you have in life or over time until you find that one that relates to the bigger picture.
I always to encourage everyone in my classes to try and find their own sankalpa which should be a short, positive phrase or statement that you repeat to yourself 3 times at the beginning of your class. It is there to bring you back, to stabilise your thoughts and your focus because let's face it, we live in such a busy and hectic world that even the most dedicated and focused person can become distracted. You can use your Sankalpa as an anchor.