At Sadhana, we’re dedicated to all aspects of yoga.
Bringing asana (postures), chanting, meditation, and breath awareness together offers a clear path for enhancing health, wellbeing, and spiritual growth. We offer the rich history, philosophy, and teachings of the yoga tradition to students and teachers alike.
Sadhana, from the Sanskrit, means "conscious spiritual practice". Our teachings reflect a philosophy that views oneself from the inside out, rather than from the outside in, cultivating fearlessness, awe and delight in the world around us.
Tapas for the Hips
Tapas is a Sanskrit word that means “to heat”.
In the 8 limbs of yoga, Tapas is one of the Niyamas, which are the practices of self-care, referencing self-discipline, meditation, and simplicity. Tapas is the passion that inspires us to practice. It is the fiery, constant commitment to burn off impediments that keep us from being in the state of yoga, or being able to see things as they truly are. By focusing on self-care, we continue to let go of our attachments (to negativity and self-criticism) that keep us bound, so we can experience the celebration and joy of living!
Tapas can motivate us to engage in a physical practice and it can also motivate us to find the time for quiet meditation.
Bring tapas into your hips and heart for the month of August. The luscious temperature is perfect for opening the hips and melting the heart. When it’s hot, we can go more deeply into our asana practice and the different poses that can free the tightness in our hip joints.
A few that we’ll focus on:
- Upavista Konasana (Seated wide-legged forward bend)
- Baddha Konasana (Cobbler’s)
- Janu Sirsasana (Head of the Knee)
- Raja Kapotasana (King Pigeon)
Check our schedule.
Meditation is gaining recognition every day as a way to work with pain – researchers have examined meditation’s effects on people, such as attention regulation, body awareness, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and addiction.
Scientists have asked two questions: “Does meditation help?” and “How does meditation help?” One study showed an approximately 40 percent reduction in pain intensity ratings during meditation when compared with non-meditation. And that it worked for beginners.
Meditation teaches people how to react to pain. People are less inclined to have the ‘ouch’ reaction, and are able to control their emotional reaction to pain.
We are offering these meditations to you to use when you need guidance to reduce stress and pain. There are many forms of stress that can be soothed, including such things as a busy schedule, exhaustion, or agitation.
These meditations were written by Stephen Levine, and read by Sondra Loring. Our dear musician friend, Steve Gorn, plays the music. For more from Steve, visit his website: SteveGorn.com
In loving memory of Metta Callahan