What is a Sankalpa?
A Sankalpa is similar to a Resolution. The Sanskrit word, ‘Sankalpa’ means: “Will, purpose, or determination.” It also means to set an intention. If you find it hard to keep a Resolution, then why not try setting yourself a Sankalpa instead. It is also a positive way to start your yoga practice.Sankalpa’s are often easier to keep than the usual New Year’s Resolutions. Why?
A Sankalpa or resolve is usually phrased in the terms, “I am,” rather than, “I will.” In contrast, most New Year’s Resolutions are phrased, “I will.” Such as:
“I will go to the gym more.”
“I will give up chocolate or alcohol”.
“I will be kind and a better person.”
We set goals. They almost always fail because of the phrase, “I will.” This term, “I will go to the gym,” seems to indicate something that will be done in the future, and not here and now. It can easily be put off, till tomorrow. They also often fail because they start from an assumption that what we are currently doing is not good enough.
The Yoga resolution or Sankalpa, on the other hand, offers a good alternative to the New Year’s Resolution. A Sankalpa or resolve is usually phrased in the terms, “I am,” such as:
“I am a kind and giving person.”
“I am going to eat more healthily”.
“I am going to the gym more.”
All you need to do is express what you are doing or the state you are in, or want to be in, and set a positive intention and send out that positive message into the Universe. Essentially a Sankalpa is a statement you can rely on and call upon to remind you of your true nature and guide your choices. You simply need to repeat it, either aloud or to yourself, a few times each day to set that intention. Give it a go and let us know how you get on. You never know, this could be the start of something wonderful… Happy New Year.