What is your Intention?
Sankalpa is a Sanskrit word, translated to resolve, resolution; your intention formed by your heart and mind. When we consciously set our intention, it can be a powerful tool for shifting and more clearly tracing the direction of our life and healing.
You simply need to form a statement that best resonates with your sense of purpose, or perhaps a more specific statement for healing, and settle this into the deeper layers of your mind when you are calm and quiet.
When the body is at ease and the mind is clear, the resolve, Sankalpa grows very well. A relaxed mind and body, with positive will power is ready to accept and best implement your set intention.
Yoga Nidra Meditation is a process of Conscious Relaxation, and helps you to systematically relax and enable the subconscious and unconscious mind to be more receptive to your resolve.
In order to fully relax, the inner tensions of the body, emotions and mind must be eased. The practice of Yoga Nidra is the scientific method of removing unnecessary tensions and readily promoting systematic relaxation with awareness.
A single hour of Yoga Nidra is as restful as four hours of conventional sleeping.
Relaxing the mind by relaxing the body is the starting point of most yoga practices, and in Yoga Nidra the progressive movement of awareness through parts of the body stimulates and relaxes not only the physical body, but also clears the nerve pathways to the the brain, both those concerned with physical activity and incoming information.
Then comes sense withdrawal and redirected awareness to breath and the state of physical relaxation. From there Yoga Nidra goes into the play of opposite sensations and developing control of emotional reactions to autonomic responses. One is encouraged to become more of a witness and release holding patterns. The fourth stage of Yoga Nidra is visualization that relates to universal imagery and adventures we can all relate to. The visualizations are most wondrous and inspiring, and have been proven to help improve memory.
Yoga techniques, such as Yoga Nidra, helps the body and mind find ease and rest, to feel at peace with yourself and your situation; and from there more readily being able to sow the seed of your resolve, Sankalpa, intention and watch it grow.