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.
The Myth of Perfection: Scorpion Pose
We’re going to work on a challenging asana this month and I know it can be scary! An arm balance with a backbend, you say? No way!
We’ll use Scorpion Pose to help us to tear down the myth of perfection we often create when facing challenges. We’ll put away the measuring stick and focus on practicing from our heart, using simple, methodical steps to gain the strength and flexibility for this asana. The process is at the heart of it. Finding the access points to a challenge can help to demystify our notions around perfection and it can also help us to embrace our imperfections for a deeper sense of courage, compassion and connection to ourselves.
By Killian McDonnell
I have had it with perfection.
I have packed my bags,
I am out of here.
As certain as rain
will make you wet,
perfection will do you
It droppeth not as dew
upon the summer grass
to give liberty and green
Perfection straineth out
the quality of mercy,
withers rapture at its
Before the battle is half begun,
cold probity thinks
it can’t be won, concedes the
I’ve handed in my notice,
given back my keys,
signed my severance check, I
Hints I could have taken:
Even the perfect chiseled form of
Michelangelo’s radiant David
the Venus de Milo
has no arms,
the Liberty Bell is
Scorpion (Vrischikasana) Pose – Starting with the Basics: Strength, Flexibility and Trust.
We’ll begin with gaining shoulder strength, with poses that include Ardha Chaturanga (half push-up,) Downward Dog with the forearms on the ground, and Plank pose with the forearms down.
Then we will move on to increasing flexibility with prone backbends, like Bow and Camel poses. We’ll use the wall to work on Pincha Mayurasana (forearm stand,) and then build trust by moving a bit farther away from the wall. From there we can accomplish wall assisted Scorpion! Voila!
And look at the benefits of Scorpion Pose:
- Strengthens the torso, back, arms and shoulders
- Improves your sense of balance
- Improving the flexibility of the spine
- Builds stamina and endurance
- Allows blood to rush to the brain improving memory and concentration
- Stimulates the hair follicles in the scalp (hair loss prevention)
* Release accumulated stress in the shoulders and spine
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