Yoga Lesson: Intention
Creating a sankalpa (intention or prayer) at the beginning of your yoga practice can bring a deeper focus and power, especially if this intention remains active throughout the practice. We can also create individual sankalphas for specific yoga poses to help guide us deeper into the individual postures. An effective sankalpa is a short, positive, and precise statement about what you wish to attain for yourself and/or for the benefit of all.[am4show have=’p1;p2;p4;’ guest_error=’Premo’ user_error=’Upgrade’ ] Intention
May our intentions and prayers be fulfilled with grace and love, and may these intentions serve the highest good of ourselves and benefit all beings
on this planet.
Without intention, all these postures, these breathing practices, meditations, and the like can become little more than ineffectual gestures. When animated by intention, however, the simplest movement, the briefest meditation, and the contents of one breath cycle are made potent. – Donna Farhi
Whatever an embodied being centers the mind on, be it through love or hate or fear, that we become. – The Uddhava Gita
Create a short sentence or phrase for the sankalpa of your current life’s focus. Use this sankalpa as a guiding sutra, or “thread,” to weave within your daily tasks and events.[/am4show]