Setting Intention: 5 Tips for Creating a Powerful Sankalpa in Yoga Nidra

Updated: Mar 3

By Allison Ray (Schleck) Jeraci



Creating a sankalpa, or intention is a fundamental principle for offering your practice to something larger than yourself and moving your life in the direction of manifesting your intention. But creating a powerful intention can be one of the most difficult things to do.


I remember when I began my yoga practice, various yoga teachers would say, “Take this time to set your intention,” and 30 seconds later—if that—we were on to the physical practice. I was always stumped by it, and it ended up becoming a fleeting moment of the practice. Once I became a teacher, I would then reiterate those same words. I tried to make the time longer, but then I questioned this practice too. If I had been given an extra 30 seconds, would it have made a difference?


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