Creating Your Heart’s Intention

Intention, called ‘Sankalpa’ in Sanskrit, is an ancient yogic practice that is more akin to prayer and surrender, and less like making a goal or resolution. Rather than setting a relative goal like ‘losing 10 pounds’, try looking beneath the desire to lose weight to find what your heart is actually seeking, which is usually something deeper and more universal – perhaps the desire ‘to feel healthy, happy and free’.  This is your Sankalpa!

When you find your Heart’s Intention, state it as the truth to yourself aloud and silently three times or more during the day, something like: “I am healthy, happy and free in every moment.”  State your Intention, then let it go…  When you get out of the way you surrender your intention to the greater forces within yourself and the universe to bring it to fruition.

The wonderful thing is, you do not work at an Intention — it works on you!  There is no need to set a deadline for it, for your Intention will manifest when the time is right.  Trust in the process.  State it – leave it – and receive it.  The great mystery will bring it to you.  Intention brings greater transformation and has a longer lasting effect than our efforts towards goal setting.

Goals and resolutions and often have deadlines which, if they are not met, can make us feel like we’ve failed.  Our efforts backfire, making us feel not better but worse.  Or, using our example, a goal like weight loss may be accomplished, but we still don’t find what we were really after, to ‘feel healthy, happy and free’, and the weight comes back.  Intention has a deeper, more underlying effect on who we are and how we live our lives.


When you want to make change in your life, or you are seeking your deeper wisdom, rest your hands on your heart and listen to the voice of your heart to uncover what you are truly seeking because there might be something underneath a primary desire. Take time with your heart…

From your heart’s wisdom, create your intention statement based on your heart’s message – in positive words and present tense.  Something like:

“I am whole and complete exactly as I am.”


State your intention throughout your day silently and out loud three or more times.


  1. During Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra practice.
  2. While WALKING: in the house, to the car, to work, walking the dogs, and so on. Try coordinating your intention statement with your footsteps and breath – for example, step left “I live”, step right “in love”.
  3. Choose a MUDRA to practice with your Heart’s Intention statement. You can practice anytime your find yourself sitting, such as before a meal, or at your desk, in yoga postures, and during other times and activities during the day – it’s a wonderful reset break.

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Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation and a very powerful tool for creating change within yourself. One of the 8-stages of this practice helps you to find your heart’s longing and create your statement. Because you are in a higher meditative mind-state during meditation, it can help to open the doorway for you to both hear, and be transformed, by your heart’s inherent wisdom.  Your Heart’s Intention can descend deep within you as a seed that is able to root, receive nourishment and blossom into positive changes within you and your life!


Join Jennifer to create your Heart’s Intention in the yoga and yoga nidra CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, SERIES, RETREATS and TRAININGS.

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