During the last week of the year I scramble around to find a cool calendar or two at our local book stores, and I gather up some palo santo, a few citrine crystals and a pad of paper to make a list of my New Year’s sankalpas. A “sankalpa” is an intention that yogis make. A sankalpa is a desire, a resolution and an action we intend to do. When we speak about our sankalpas we use language that is present tense, in other words: “I am…” rather than “I will…” to give it effectiveness.
This last week of 2016 offers a spectacular opportunity to set our sankalpas into motion as there also is a new moon on December 29. New Moons are times when we write or speak about things we wish to come to fruition. There is potency in saying these intentions out loud, or writing them down, and a new moon is a perfect time to do so. Here are three ways to help set your sankalpa in motion for 2017.
Each time we step on our yoga mat it is a new experience. We come with a different amount of sleep, having eaten different foods, shared different conversations, and our bodies feel different ease and aches. The end of the year and the setting of intentions for the new one to come are not unlike that practice. We reflect upon what we have acheived and what we have not, and we end on the last day of the year a completely changed person from the first one. Sankalpas are a way of infusing our coming year with hope and intention. By setting these wishes and practices into motion we offer ourselves a chance to start our new year like we step on our mat.
Then we breathe in and begin.
Originally published at medium.com