sankalpa, change, growSankalpa is a powerful tool for transformation used in Yoga Nidra. It is an affirmation made with commitment to support our highest truth and calling. It honors the deepest meaning and purpose of our life (our dharma). It is a statement of our choosing used to create pathways for lasting positive change into the relaxed subconscious mind. With your Sankalpa, you choose a path of positive change and allow the Universe to support you.

Start by listing concepts or qualities that you want to achieve or cultivate in your life. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Compassionate, Strong, Confident, Consistent, Calm, Relaxed, Healthy, Loving, Fearless, Joyful, Peaceful, Happy, Content, Successful, Dynamic, Aware, Enlightened, Growth, Abundance, Creative, Acceptance, Openness, Free, Mindful, Release, Connected, Clarity, Prosperity

Choose Sankalpa carefully with sincerity and reverence. It is not simple wishful thinking. It is your heart’s desire of something you intend to become or to achieve. Ask yourself: what qualities do I desire? What do I want to change about myself? Keep it simple, positive and believable. Focus on what you want rather than what you don’t want. It is also more effective in the present tense as if it is already reality. Begin the statement with “I am” or “I feel”.

Rather than saying, “I want to stop smoking,” make it more positive and universal: “I am free and healthy in all I do.”

Here are a few more examples:

  • I remain consistent and open on my path toward my higher self
  • I feel relaxed and centered in all circumstances.
  • I forgive the past and trust in my future.

Once you have chosen your Sankalpa, commit it to memory and refer to it often. You can repeat it to yourself:

  • During Yoga Nidra
  • As you wake in the morning
  • As you fall asleep at night
  • Before yoga or meditation practice
  • Anytime throughout your day

Your Sankalpa is a personal thing. You don’t have to share it with anyone. Work with it with over time, allowing it to root itself deep within your being. During this practice this, go a little deeper and visualize yourself experiencing the desired result. Try to feel it on al levels.

Be patient. Don’t expect results over night. Once you have decided on a Sankalpa it is recommended not change it.

Work with it regularly in a time frame appropriate to the magnitude of your resolve. He advises that “The result depends on our sincerity and deep felt need to attain the goal of your sankalpa.

“The resolve you make at the beginning of the practice is like sowing a seed, and the resolve you make at the end is like irrigating it.” ~ Swami Satyananda Saraswati (Yoga Nidra

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