The theme for classes this week centered on intentions, sankalpa, in light of the upcoming New Year. The sanskrit word, sankalpa, means willing, purpose, determination. To make sankalpa is to set an intention that explores what’s behind your thoughts or feelings; allowing you to take action with determination and purpose.
Sankalpa and intention setting are very different from resolutions. Resolutions tend to be focused on issues, problems and parts of ourselves that we don’t like and feel we need to fix. With Sankalpa, we take our energy and our passion towards not an outcome but a path that will take us in the right direction.
As a result, during our practice we focused on being reflective, being present and approaching our intention setting path with nothing but love and compassion.
The center of our practice was on sun salutations as we completed 13 rounds in honor of 2013. For each round the following questions were asked:
My intention for 2013 is love. As Dalai Lama says, “The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be.”
Love yourself and spread love to others. Namaste 2013!