Samkalpa – Trust and Do More Yoga

You may have heard me mention Samkalpa in class before.  We use it during yoga nidra practice and on other occasions too in order to help set a positive direction for class or in life.  Samkalpa means resolution or intention, and truly, it is your own heartfelt desire.

Generally speaking it is a short statement in positive language in the present tense.  One makes a statement regarding his or her desire as though it is already happening, already taking place.  Then, she feels into the statement as though she is already living it.  In many ways, when we do this, we already are living at least the seeds of making that desire come to life.  It may not have fully manifested yet, but if it is a deep, heartfelt desire, the seeds of positive change have already been planted.

At the new year, I like to set a one-word intention.  It is a little more open to interpretation, and it becomes a great guide as to how to conduct myself and my choices throughout the year.  I got this idea from friend and colleague Kathy Donnelly, owner of Yoga Center of Columbia, and partner in our upcoming 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training.  For years now, she has been making this suggestion and I love the idea.  When I began this practice, my samkalpa that year was ease.  And so, for any decision I made, I would start by asking myself, “does this promote more ease in my life?”  That happened to be a very challenging year personally and so this one word samkalpa was really a godsend as far as keeping me sane.

This year, I’m choosing Trust.  Trust in the universe and trust in myself.  Seems to me there is some crazy sh*t going on out there in the world and it is easy to be overwhelmed and angry about all the greed, corruption, and ignorance.  When I feel overwhelmed, I return to my practices, daily meditation and yoga asana.  These practices ground me, bring me back to myself, and help me to recognize that the first place that real change occurs is inside myself.  These practices help me to trust that my decisions are the right ones for me in the moment and I try to make them based on uplifting others around me too.  For example, if I say something in a reactionary manner, perhaps that helps me feel better, but how does that affect the other person?  The practices help to give me pause when I’m in situations that could go either way, towards the positive and helpful or towards the detrimental.  The pause is the instantaneous moment in which I can mindfully choose to do something uplifting rather than defeating.

When I see crazy weather patterns, I trust that Mother Earth is doing what she needs to in order to restore balance in the world.  That is similar to trusting that the universe is doing exactly what it is supposed to in each moment, but I am not a fatalist.  My teacher Douglas Brooks talks about mantra and malini.  Mantra is a word or phrase, a sound vibration really, that you can count on.  When you utter it, verbally or internally, it produces a certain effect, whether it is words that we understand or just vibration that evokes feeling, it is the thing that generally doesn’t change, therefore we can count on it.  If you do a thing, then a thing will result, consistently.  Malini on the other hand is complete randomness.  If you do a thing, then any result could happen.  Malini is the thing that adds interest, excitement, even playfulness.  However, it can also lead to the unexpected or ugly so it becomes the scary factor if you do not have trust that you can meet the challenge when it arises.

Where mantra offers comfort, support, regularity, malini brings possibility, excitement, newness.  Both are a part of human existence and human experience.  It depends on our own perceptions as to whether one or the other is ‘better’ in any given situation.  It depends on our own skill as far as how we respond to either type of situation.

Doing yoga practices gives us the skill and helps us to build trust within ourselves.  So, you know what I’m going to say here: Do More Yoga.  Who knows what 2018 will bring really, but I choose to trust that I will have the proper answer at the right time for the given situation.

 

Summer Solstice One Day Retreat

Saturday, June 21, 9:00am-4:30pm
Blueberry Gardens Wellness Center

Kelly-9083_2This one day getaway is designed for you to be able to step out of your everyday routine to gain some perspective for yourself. Yoga and its accompanying practices of meditation, yoga nidra, chanting, and healthy eating assist you in letting go of patterns in your life that are constricting. Then you become able to make space for yourself to be the creative, loving person you already are but for which you might not always have time. It is not just living, it is thriving. This year, before the long sultry dog days of summer settle in, give yourself the gift of peace and contentment. When you nourish yourself, your friends and family, your community, even the planet will benefit. Celebrate the summer solstice with Certified Holistic Health Coach and vegan chef Ingrid Benecke and Kelly Fisher, E-RYT 500, of Wildflower Yoga on this one day wellness retreat at Blueberry Gardens.

Register online now! $120 if registered by May 18 includes delicious, fresh and local lunch. ($140 if registered after May 18)

Schedule
9:00–9:45am Introductions, tea or raw juice
9:45–11:15am Asana class with Kelly — flow, standing poses, and backbends
11:15–12:00pm Yoga nidra — deep guided relaxation Vegetarian lunch
12:00–1:00pm Lunch
1:00–1:45pm Discussion on food and nutrition with Ingrid
1:45–2:30pm Mauna vrata — conscious silence
2:30-3:00pm Kirtan, chanting
3:00-4:00pm Asana class with Kelly — seated poses and forward bends
4:00-4:30pm Meditation and Closing

What to Wear and Bring
Wear comfortable yoga clothes and bring your sticky mat. The studio has props available but feel free to bring your own if you prefer. Please bring your journal and something to write with. To avoid unnecessary waste, please bring reusable eating utensils and a cloth napkin.

Yoga Indulgence 2013

Lucy Lomax, E-RYT-500, and I are pleased to announce that our fall yoga retreat, Yoga Indulgence, at Kent Manor Inn on the eastern shore is now SOLD OUT! This will be our fifth year on Kent Island and we are looking forward to seeing those of you who registered there. As always, there will be plenty of yoga classes as well as yoga nidra, meditation, and kirtan plus free time to walk, kayak, bike ride, sit quietly — whatever you choose. The retreat is all-inclusive. Chef at KMI is always accommodating to any kind of dietary need and the food is always delicious! Please see our brochure below and put your name on the waiting list in case of a cancelation.

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