I would like to share with you two words that I have been thinking about alot in the past few weeks. And maybe you have been too?
Resolution & Intention
Merriam Webster defines Resolution as: the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem or contentious matter.
And defines Intention as: an aim, conceptions formed by directing the mind towards an objective.
One of my greatest passions is leading Yoga Nidra sessions. For those of you unfamiliar with the practice, Yoga Nidra, also known as Transformational Sleep, is a mediation. It is a deep relaxation practice done lying down, intended to increase self awareness, restore health, change experience peace & deep rest, decrease unmanaged stress, limiting beliefs and to release the struggling and striving to get somewhere. Resting in the space between being awake and asleep, the body is invited to completely relax while you will become systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world. Different from conventional meditation where concentration on a single focus is required, during Yoga Nidra you are lead to remain in a state of light withdrawl of the senses with only hearing still connected to the instructions. It is the art of doing nothing to arrive exactly where you want to be.
During this practice you are invited to set an Intention or Sankalpa (yoga speak). You create this intention in positive, simple language and are encouraged to repeat and use this intention in all areas of your life. Here we define Intention as the conscious placement of energy in the direction we want it to go.
Kamini Desai, PhD and author of Yoga Nidra - The Art of Transformational Sleep, describes Intention as " a direction, but without attachment to a particular end result. We can be heading toward a particular destination, say eating moderately, but even when we get off the road at times, we can still be moving in the direction of moderate eating. It is like taking a wrong turn. We know the direction we need to go, so even when we get off, an Intention allows us to just get back on the road and keep on going in our intended direction. If, on the other hand, we had a resolution or goal of eating moderately and failed to do it, we might put ourselves down, beat ourselves up and create such inner conflict that we might eat even more! Intention allows us to learn from our detours without judgement and conflict, and simply keeps us moving in the direction we want to go. A goal or resolution comes with attachment to a particular result. It can carry inherent stress and conflict when the desired result is not achieved 100%, it s deemed a failure. Intention is a skillful way of taking action in the world. It moves us toward things we would like to achieve in life and allows us to enjoy the journey along the way"
I'm so excited to invite you to join me in Wilmington for regularly scheduled ongoing Monthly Yoga Nidra & Soundbath sessions! Two beautiful locations, two different days and two different times.
After each session you attend you will receive an MP3 recording of that session to use in your home practice. Just as we practice asana or postures in Yoga, scales in music, stiches in knitting or puck handling in hockey, Yoga Nidra is also a practice in which the benefits are greater and more accessible with repetition.
Check out the details below and find the one that fits in your schedule.
Links below to signup online.
Words have incredible power. The words we use define ourselves and the world around us.
They shape our reality. Whether you choose to set and Intention or Resolution, practice Yoga Nidra, practice your knitting or puck handling skills, I hope that the words and thoughts you choose lead you in a loving and kind way toward placing your energy in the direction you want to go.
Interested in Yoga Nidra, or my individual services of Integrative Massage, Reiki, Sound Bath in Wilmington and Southport?
Be Well & Shine On