Sankalpa: The Yogic Art of Setting Intention
Changing our lifestyle habits is hard. While many of us would like to see improvements in our diet, activity levels, personal and professional relationships — we are frequently confronted with patterns that detour us back into familiar and unhealthy behaviors.
In yogic and ayurvedic philosophy, the struggle to move past negative habits is created by repeated karma (action). Any karma (action) that is repeated is internalized in one’s behavioral core and becomes imprinted into the reflexes. These karmic impressions are known as “samskaras.” Samskaras are reactions. They drive many of our unconscious and habitual patterns. Samskaras can be either positive or negative; they are our knee jerk responses — good or bad — to what happens in our life. It’s our negative samskaras that make healthy lifestyle change some of the most difficult work any of us will uncover.
Sankalapa, the yogic art of intention setting can assist with rerouting negative reactions so that our choices are healthier. Sankalpa is a practice that reunites us with our inner being so that we are deeply connected with what we want. It moves beyond a simple desire statement, and it clarifies our ability to perceive our true nature. In time, our choices support who we are, rather then contradict it.
The practice of sankalpa roots the practitioner in a positive mindset about what they would like to change. Experts who study behavior change agree that behavioral change is more successful when it’s positively motivated. “In October 2006, the Economic and Social Research Council, a British research group, released findings on 129 different studies of behavior change strategies. The survey confirmed that the least effective strategies were those that aroused fear or regret in the person attempting to make a change.” (Read the study here)
During Monica’s ‘Ayurvedic Immersion Retreat’ we will discuss ‘sankalpa,’ the yogic art of setting an intention; and how sankalpa can assist in the removal of samskaras. We will learn about the ayurvedic morning routine that helps sustain an intention, and how it shifts our reflexive behaviors toward the good. We will end the evening with a powerful sankalpa practice that aligns our behavior with our inner truth.
In our opening lecture at Monica’s ‘Ayurvedic Immersion Retreat’ we will discuss ‘sankalpa,’ the yogic art of setting an intention; and how sankalpa can assist in the removal of unhealthy behavior. We will learn about the ayurvedic morning routine that helps sustain an intention, and how it shifts our reflexive behaviors toward the good. We will end the evening with a powerful sankalpa practice that aligns our behavior with our inner truth.
Until then, you can begin experimenting with the art of setting an intention and see how powerful it can be at uplifting your life experience.
A Simple Sankalpa Practice for Improving Your Diet
Often people say that they do not have time to meditate; but, we all have time to eat. Take advantage of this time to tap into how you feel and calm yourself. You can do this quite inconspicuously simply by folding your hands under the table and thinking about how you feel for a moment. Appreciate your food when you eat and notice the colors and the flavors of your food. Agree to stop when you’re full, chew your food well, and pay attention to your belly. These easy to implement practices can have a profound and positive lasting influence on how you perceive your food and diet. Over time you will become more gracious for what you eat and unconscious patterns that surround your diet will lesson.
Join us June 24-26 and Monica’s Ayurvedic Immersion to learn more about how to utilize Sankalpa so that you can live a more authentic and healthy lifestyle.
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