"Satwa is order and tamas is disorder. So in all activities, it is good to bring some order and hence it is suggested that we should determine beforehand what we want to do during our yoga practice, like having an agenda for a meeting."
"In fact, in all religious activities in India, it always starts with sankalpa, a clear-cut determination about what one is going to do..."
"Even the commentator to Hatha Yoga Pradipika refers to the sankalpa before starting the practice of yoga. One should ponder a little before starting one's practice and have a definite agenda of practice. A random practice is not conducive to orderly thought process. And subsequent practices, such as dhyana (meditation), all require a disciplined mind. It can start with a determination of a definite course for practice."
From Yoga Beneath the Surface by Srivatsa Ramaswami and David Hurwitz.
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