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Did you make a new years resolution? Sankalpa is an intention, a purpose, a desire for change. It is a seed of hope that is drawn from the unconscious mind. It is quite different than a new year's resolution, which is usually something we want to start doing or stop doing. Well-intended, of course, but difficult with which to follow through, and many times, easier to abandon. The power of Sankalpa is in allowing the intention to manifest from your heart and allowing the unconscious mind to select a change we really want or need.
If you missed this special practice with me in Washington DC, please use this recording to allow your inspired intention to surface this year... perhaps even use this as away to begin a dedicated meditation practice. If you were able to join me at Embrace DC, please use this to continue planting the seed of that Sankalpa so it can continue to grow within you. After you do it so many times, you may not need the recording. Try to set your timer before you begin and sit in silence a bit longer. Make sure to ground yourself at the end.
Here are some things that might help:
Sthira Sukham Asanam. "Asana is a steady easy seat."
This hour long flow class is designed to help you balance the effort and ease on your mat so you can practice balancing effort and ease off your mat. Recorded at Epic Yoga DC one rainy February afternoon.
This meditative flow is perfect when you do not have a lot of time but do want to roll out your mat to connect and refocus. You can actually get a lot done in that amount of time! Within this practice, I lead you through a kriya technique I learned from my teacher. Use the mantra Sa on the inhalation and Hum on the exhalation. This will help direct your energy and bring inspiration into your day. As you practice this technique moving through the asana on your mat, you will become more focused and present in your moment. After you get used to using this tool on your mat, you can practice this anywhere during your day to help direct and focus your energy.
This hour long practice flow focuses on tapas, translated as 'discipline' or 'austerity.' We sometimes hear it means to sweat and burn impurities. In Tantra we see it as burning out patterns that do not serve us and having the dedication to our practice that will move us through our karma. This class was recorded at Vida Fitness, Verizon Center.
This very special class was recorded March 15th, 2016, during our first morning practice at Mhai Yoga In Cuba. The word of the day was “connect.” Take 90 minutes to practice with us and connect to the space within that always exists. As one of the first American yoga retreat groups there, I am so grateful to Mhai Yoga and to Cultural Contrast for helping me make this happen. We will be returning to this incredible venue in March of 2017.