yoga for every body

Tips from a Teacher

by Tamsin Hayes

“In the midst of winter I found that within me lies an invincible summer and that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me there is something stronger, something better, pushing right back.” - Albert Camus

Today, studios across the world incorporate the practice of Intention alongside the other components of yoga practice. Intention derives from the Sanskrit concept "Sankalpa". It is often translated as “resolve”. It can be seen as an idea, image, feeling, word or other expression, which gives greater clarity or perspective upon life. Sankalpa has the potential to bring us closer to our authenticity.

In winter, we have an opportunity to support our Sankalpa practice with the predominant energies of the season. All of nature is pared down, quiet, dark, deeply resting, still and drawing nutrients inwards to strengthen roots.

The offering of winter is to access our deeper senses, our intuition, introspection, and insight. The dark, short days in winter require patience and trust. It is the perfect time to discover our inner self. Equally, winter calls upon deep devotion to looking after our physical well-being with the comfort of hearty food, time with friends, extra rest, as well as, celebration of the preceding seasons.

In understanding the meaning of Sankalpa, it is important to know that you are already who you need to be. Sankalpa is a light that shines upon your strengths which support you, opens doors and reminds us of your true value.

I have found that Sankalpa arises more readily when practicing yoga in a group. All the hallmarks of yoga conspire to bring beauty, meaning and empowerment to us through Sankalpa. Our practice of effort and ease; surrender and receptivity; Self compassion and flexibility of body and mind all create an environment of love and acceptance for the beauty of our innate nature.

Please refer to the links below for more about Sankalpa and the Sankalpa mudra:

I myself am made entirely of flaws stitched together with good intentions - Augusta Burrage

Tamsin teaches a Free Feel Good Fridays on December 2 and 16 from 5:30 - 6:45pm.

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