The Sankalpa, or resolve, is used during Yoga Nidra and other meditative practices as a way to plant the seed of transformation deep within the mind. As we begin this new year and release the old, it is a good time to set an intention to work with for the coming months.
Interlace fingers inside of palms, touch thumbs together and reach them towards chest so that a heart shape is formed with the hands. Sit comfortably while holding Purna Hridaya mudra. Bring to mind the challenges of the past year and acknowledge the personal growth these challenges have allowed you to achieve.
Place hands together at the heart, keep thumbs and little fingers together, open other fingers and create cup shape between palms. As your hands open into Padma mudra, allow a receptivity to blossom within the heart. Imagine the best possible outcome of the challenges you are facing. As thoughts of doubt begin to creep in, continue to return to a receptive positive mindset.
Clasp fingers and open palms toward heart; point thumbs upwards. Hold a few inches away from the chest. As you open the hands into Vajrapradama Mudra, trust that you have the strength and ability to bring this positive outcome into reality. Allow your sankalpa to coalesce into a short simple statement phrased in the present tense, "I am ...", "I can ...", etc. State it aloud three times with full awareness, then silently three times. With patience and repetition, the Sankalpa will come to fruition. Namaste'!
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