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Now that you learned a little about Ganesh and the power of turning your obstacles into opportunities, let’s dive deeper into how to set meaningful intention and purpose in your life.

Sankalpa is the root intention for practice, teaching and life.
Sankalpa means "wish" "volition" "intention" derived from sam "together" or "completely, perfectly" and "to be in order, come into existence.”

This is the practice of joining mind, heart and body to create a juicy resolve that is in alignment with your deepest core. It is the most heartfelt desire within that takes form as one's own dharma, divine life purpose and as the soulful expression of Self. This practice requires listening within, focusing the mind and being a channel of creative energy as it flows through you. Sankalpa is a calling to the highest remembrance of Self and the solid ground from which you fly.

Having a clear sankalpa provides the foundation for the practices of yoga and for the embodiment of the practices in one's life. When there is true intention, the divine energies of creative impulse, knowledge and skillful action naturally awaken to align your most heart-felt desire into the world. A seed must first root to blossom, just as the human soul must root to fly. Sankalpa is the internal vow we make to support our highest purpose in life and the creative unfolding of our soul journey to serve the greater whole.

"I deeply wish to grow no matter what. The essence of this effort lies in the ability to focus our attention in our hearts without becoming tense or contracted. Whatever words you use, it is not something that you think but rather something that emanates from your heart." ~ Swami Chetanananda

To create a deep, heartfelt intention or sankalpa, sit quietly and reflect:

When you melt the tension and quiet your mind, what do you most deeply desire?

How have the practices of yoga helped you?

Why do you teach or want to teach yoga?

In a few words, state your new Sankalpa:

Use this intention to inspire your practice, teaching, and the whole of your life!


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