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What is a Sankalpa?

Updated: Feb 26, 2023

Hello curious person

A Sankalpa is loosely translated to intention or vow. It is used in the practice twice - once near the beginning and once near the end. It is completely your choice whether you would like to invoke a Sankalpa during your practice of Yoga Nidra.

The thing about a Sankalpa is they can become really complicated really quickly so I'm going to keep it as simple as possible. A Sankalpa is a short statement that clearly expresses an inner desire or promise to yourself to create change within on a deeper level. You keep it short so it is easy to remember during the practice.

I try to stay away from giving examples (if you Google "Examples of Sankalpa" you'll find loads) as I think the action of creating a Sankalpa is very personal. Instead, I prefer to consider questions or prompts to help you discover your Sankalpa:

  • Is there a habit you would like to change?

  • Is there a feeling you'd like to experience more?

  • Is there a quality from your former self you'd like to return to?

From these questions, your intuition will quickly present something to use in your Sankalpa.

The last thing we do is modify our initial idea into the present tense; you invoke your Sankalpa as if it is already your reality.

You now have a Sankalpa that you can use during your Yoga Nidra, your Yoga practice or any other area in your life you see fit. It can feel a little vague and I do believe it is something that can click with you or not. If it doesn't click with you, it is completely optional and the practice will benefit you regardless.

Thank you for taking the time to read this Sam

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