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Realize your 2014 resolution with yoga nidra

The new year is always the time for making new resolutions.
The new year is always the time for making new resolutions.
Julie Phillips-Turner

So, now that the new year is here, how’s your resolution working out? Have you made one yet? Better yet, how did your 2013 new year’s resolution work out? Did you surprise yourself by reaching a big goal? Can’t remember what it was? Didn’t make one?

The beginning of the new year is a time to celebrate, reflect and start fresh. We want to change ourselves, our lives and set resolutions to reach our goals.

Next week, most of us will be coming up with our next New Year’s Resolution intended to help us to be a better person in 2014.

Will this year’s resolution be to practice more? Or perhaps you’d like to change a habit, in yoga terms called "samskaras."

Make a new year's sankalpa.

All you have to do is make a resolution and stick to it. Not so easy, right? Well, it can be with the tradition of Yoga Nidra and the creation of a resolution, or sankalpa, to help reach your goals.

In yoga philosophy, the term sankalpa, is a Sanskrit word meaning "thought, intention, resolve or will directed toward a specific outcome." And what better time to create your sankalpa than while developing your resolution for the new year.

The practice of Yoga Nidra, which literlly means "yogic sleep" helps to relax the body while keeping the mind in a heightened state that allows you to tap into your unconscious potential. The deepened sense of relaxation for both the mind and body also helps to release fatigue, balance and immune issues caused by stress.

Unlike creating the traditional New Year’s resolution for “wanting” something to occur, when creating your sankalpa, you create it as if it already exists – a short statement, phrased in positive language and in the present tense that can be related to a personal matter, business, relationships, or any topic that is close to your heart that you would like to see actualized. For example, your simple resolve could be: "I am happy and healthy and I will continue to seek only activities that make me feel this way."

Developing your sankalpa while in the deep state of relaxation during yoga nidra helps to tap in to the subconscious potential for making your resolution a reality.

So, if your sankalpa is to maintain health and happiness, what better way to engage yourself than with a new or re-committed yoga practice in 2014.

Several Baltimore metro area yoga studios and teachers are offering yoga Nidra classes.

Yoga Center of Columbia:

Yoga Nidra Workshop with Debbie Jensen-Grubb
Sunday, January 19, 2014; 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cost: $20

Restorative Yoga Plus Yoga Nidra with Colleen Palmateer
Friday, January 24, 2014; 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Cost: $20

Registration information for both classes.

Peace Yoga - Bel Air
Yoga Nidra with Gina Sager

January 10, February 7, and March 14
7:00 - 8:30pm Pre-registration is required
Cost: $20/class
Registration information.

Integrative Health Center – Towson
Yoga Nidra with Gina Sager

(First Sundays)
January 5, February 2, March 9 & April 6
Cost: $20/class
To register, call Gina directly at 410-667-0468 or email her at
More information.

The Art of Cultivating Stillness:Yoga Nidra Winter Series 2014
with Lynn Matthews

Location: Prana Studio, Annapolis, MD
January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6
2:00 - 3:00pm
Cost: $15/class

Registration information.

Happy new year and may your 2014 sankalpa bring you peace and happiness.

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