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YOGA AND... SANKALPA!
USING SANKALPAS TO HELP SET CLEARER INTENTIONS

Two Questions To Ask While Setting Intentions

Words like manifest, affirmation, and intention are used time again to create something or speak something into existence. We manifest material things, such as houses, cars, money, or a better career. While also manifesting those things that aren’t physically there. Immaterial things such as peace of mind, better mental health, or less stress.

Then we set affirmations to help bring to past those things we’ve manifested.

The intent is there. Wanting the house, new friends, or to be down 10 lbs by your birthday are all neat goals but are all pretty vague as well. Setting things clearer is the way to clearer intentions, making for more powerful manifesting. But first, we must learn to be more precise with our intentions, and we can do this by asking two simple questions. 

  1. What is my aim or intent?

  2. What can I do specifically to achieve this?


To help in making things a bit more clear think about a Sankalpa. A Sankalpa is a desire. Think of it as your hearts’ desire or something you strongly want. Sankalpas can aid in setting better intentions by helping you understand more clearly what you want. 


Example Good: I set my intention on meditating more this week. The goal is set, but it is vague.


Better: I set my intention on meditating for 20 minutes every day this week. 


Best, Sankalpa added: I seek peace of mind and freedom from excess stress. I know that this will aid in bettering my mental health. That is why I set my intention on meditating daily for at least 20 minutes. 


Things have become more precise with the Sankalpa set along with the intent. We now know what we want, but we also understand the why, and now we may move on to question two. What can be done to achieve this? What can I do specifically to meet the goal? 


Carve out specific times of the day that are free for 20 minutes. If seated meditation isn’t ideal, try moving meditation. Walking, restorative yoga, and gardening are all forms of stress-relieving meditative practices. Then once that is made clear, the intention will look something like this: 


I seek peace of mind and freedom from excess stress. I know that this will aid in bettering my mental health. That is why I set my intention on meditating daily for at least 20 minutes. Every morning before I begin my day, I will set aside 20 minutes to journal and meditate on peace. 



Sankalpas allow for clarity in intentions. They can be short-term or long-term, but don’t overextend yourself. That tends to happen when a major goal is set, but the intent isn’t clear. Things begin to feel overwhelming.


Another example:

 I desire to slow down, enjoy more moments and make memories with loved ones. I set my intention on being available and present whenever I am with family and friends. I can achieve this by putting my phone away and enjoying time spent together.



You can also use these intention-setting questions for typical everyday situations. Often when something happens that we hadn’t expected, we say something like “that wasn’t my intention,” or I didn’t intend for that to happen. To help prevent situations such as these, practice setting clear intentions on those everyday tasks or chores. For example, lots of people deal with workplace conflicts. Try setting your intention on dealing with the conflict upfront. 

For example, I desire to resolve this workplace conflict peacefully. Doing so could eliminate tense situations and create a positive work atmosphere for everyone. I set my intention on clearly communicating my wishes in the workplace when conflict arises. I aim to accomplish this by controlling my actions and words. I can choose my words wisely and remain in control of my tone and actions. 


It should also be noted that writing intentions down is extremely helpful. Seeing your intention right in front of you can help to make the vision clearer. Write out your Sankalpa and connect your intention to it! Then you will see how much of a difference it makes much more plainly.