Sankalpa Heart Opening
A beginning of the year practice to help you set a sankalpa, or intention with mudras and heart opening asana sequence.
Feel the breath gently directed into the chest which will encourage your deepest wish for self transformation to arise from the heartspace. Bring to mind the current challenges that you are facing. Without dwelling on the details, recognize that all challenges are opportunities for personal growth and healing. Perhaps your current challenges have already set the stage for transformation in your life. Continue to visualize this challenging situation and hold it within the space of the heart, releasing any feelings of judgment or blame if they arise.
Allow receptivity to blossom within your heart as you begin to visualize the best possible outcome for the challenges you are facing. If any thoughts of doubt begin to arise, redirect the mind towards receptivity and the positive resolution of your current situation. Allow your heart and mind to visualize the positive outcome clearly. Whatever steps need to be taken, imagine yourself taking them with self-confidence and clarity to bring this outcome into reality. Take a few more breaths to increase your receptivity to this positive resolution.
As you begin to feel the effects of this gesture, trust that you have the strength, courage and ability to bring the imagined positive outcome into reality. Be confident that you can create your own reality based on your visualization. Allow your sankalpa to coalesce into a short simple statement phrased in the present tense beginning with "I am ...". State it aloud three times with full awareness, then silently three times. Trust that your sankalpa will manifest with patience and repetition and use this intention whenever you practice Yoga Nidra. Take a few more breaths to firmly implant this heartfelt wish into your consciousness.
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