What is your Sankalpa?

What is your Intention? 

 Sankalpa is a Sanskrit word, translated to resolve, resolution; your intention formed by your heart and mind. When we consciously set our intention, it can be a powerful tool for shifting and more clearly tracing the direction of our life and healing. 

You simply need to form a statement that best resonates with your sense of purpose, or perhaps a more specific statement for healing, and settle this into the deeper layers of your mind when you are calm and quiet. 

When the body is at ease and the mind is clear, the resolve, Sankalpa grows very well. A relaxed mind and body, with positive will power is ready to accept and best implement your set intention. 

Yoga Nidra Meditation is a process of Conscious Relaxation, and helps you to systematically relax and enable the subconscious and unconscious mind to be more receptive to your resolve. 

In order to fully relax the inner tensions of the body, emotions and mind must be eased. The practice of Yoga Nidra is the scientific method of removing unnecessary tensions and readily promoting systematic relaxation with awareness.

A single hour of Yoga Nidra is as restful as four hours of conventional sleeping. 

Relaxing the mind by relaxing the body is the starting point of most yoga practices, and in Yoga Nidra the progressive movement of awareness through parts of the body stimulates and relaxes not only the physical body, but also clears the nerve pathways to the the brain, both those concerned with physical activity and incoming information. 

Then comes sense withdrawal and redirected awareness to breath and the state of physical relaxation. From there Yoga Nidra goes into the play of opposite sensations and developing control of emotional reactions to autonomic responses. One is encouraged to become more of a witness and release holding patterns. The fourth stage of Yoga Nidra is visualization that relates to universal imagery and adventures we can all relate to. The visualizations are most wondrous and inspiring, and have been proven to help improve memory. 

Yoga techniques, such as Yoga Nidra, helps the body and mind find ease and rest, to feel at peace with yourself and your situation; and from there more readily being able to sow the seed of your resolve, Sankalpa, intention and watch it grow. 

Your set intention then becomes a powerful, tangible directive to best live and awaken your life, sense of wonder and purpose. 

Conscious Relaxation, Yoga Nidra Meditation, every Friday at 10:30am at AWAKE Yoga Studio, 3rdFloor The Point Mall, BUC Fitness Club.  

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The Intention and Story of AWAKE Yoga Studio

Q:  Jeannie Holmes, you’ve recently opened AWAKE Yoga Studio, a new yoga studio on the top floor of the centre, and I’ve seen the floor-to-ceiling sea views: jaw-dropping! But apart from the views, what makes AWAKE any different from any other yoga offering in Sea Point?

 A:  The intention of this studio is for yoga to be relatable and accessible. All levels, all ages, all walks of life are welcomed. There are classes for kids; for people who enjoy physical challenges; for people who prefer restorative yoga; for people who enjoy spiritual upliftment; for people who need deep relaxation. Whatever the class, the focus is on intelligent sequencing, detailed alignment, core activation, breathing techniques and meditation. The purpose throughout is to promote physical and mental well-being.

Q:  Speaking about well-being, I read somewhere that your approach is based on something called yoga therapy. What is that?

 A:  Yoga is a means of harmonizing our various systems (digestive; nervous; respiratory, endocrine; lymphatic; circulatory; muscular; etc) as well as our mind; vitality; and intellectual and emotional states, in order to elevate wellbeing and awareness and to release dormant energy and uncover latent potential.

Yoga therapy does all of this, but takes an individualized approach, ‘prescribing’ personalized yoga programmes to attain the state of equilibrium and optimal health. Various time-proved methods (postures; breathing techniques; meditation; conscious relaxation, etc.) are recommended and taught to stimulate; regulate and harmonise body, mind and spirit.

Q:  Sounds like something we all need! But what drew you to yoga in the first place?

 A:  I have always been drawn to experiences and learning that dawn new perspectives. Freeflying, a discipline of skydiving, taught me how our perceptions of time / space are truly relative and that in just 30 seconds one can experience an entire journey with wondrous epiphanies. It was at the drop zone that I first discovered yoga, as in order to hold the vertical positions and transitions yoga was needed for coordination, balance, strength, focus, steadiness and ease. 

I have also always been fascinated about our potential to self-heal. In 2007 I attended the university Yoga Vidya Gurukul in India to study yoga in the hope of discovering how to also heal a particular digestive ailment that I’d struggled with for many years. I found the answer to that, and so much more. That 250hr yoga teacher training course, under the guidance of Dr Vishwas Mandlik who taught how a plethora of illnesses, disorders and ailments can be eased or alleviated altogether through yogic practices, led me to return to India some years later to study and obtain a 250hr Diploma in Yoga Therapy in 2017. 

 Q:   So what else has been necessary then to reach this point in your career and yoga journey?

 A:   In between my two study trips to India, I also attended the 200hr Yoga Teacher Training and Advanced Teacher Training at The Shala, along with a mentorship program with renowned yoga teacher Tamsin Sheehy, and an Anatomy and Physiology course with Jim Harrington right back here in South Africa. I have practised and taught yoga for many years, and also volunteered at various organisations. With the help of FOSCHA, 2017, I started a support programme for the caregivers and doctors at the Red Cross Childrens Hospital, offering weekly therapeutic yoga lessons.  I now also find myself so grateful and inspired to teach daily at the most magnificent studio in Cape Town, thanks to Andrew and Paul Rothschild owners of BUC Fitness Club, 3rd floor of The Point. 


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Dr Vishwas Mandlik awarded the Prime Ministers Award

Dr Vishwas Mandlik of Nashik is awarded the Prime Minister's Award for outstanding contribution to promotion and development of yoga.

The selection was done from among 186 nominations received under different categories for the year 2018, the Ministry said in a statement. 

Mandlik acquired in-depth knowledge of authentic Patanjali and Hatha Yoga, Bhagavad Gita and Upanishad by study and research of ancient scriptures over the last 55 years. In 1978, he set up first branch of Yoga Vidya Dham, which today has 160 centres in India.

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