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.
Yet, have you ever felt twisted up in a knot? In yogic philosophy, the granthis are the psychic knots associated with different regions in the body, and correspond to the chakra (energy) system. Many of us experience feelings of being stuck in distinct parts of the physical body.
1. A locked sense in the hips – first granthi
2. A feeling that there is a concrete block between the shoulders or surrounding the heart region – second granthi.
3. Different kinds of distress as the mind drives us in a dozen different directions – third granthi.
We can make progress using our yoga practice to untie these knots! With compassionate acceptance of impermanence and equanimity in the face of change, we can untangle the knots, and free up prana (life force). Otherwise we live with varying degrees of suffering and our energy is frittered away or bogged down with judgment, attachment and fear.
To work with spinal twists and the breathing practices specifically geared for the granthis (bhastrika, or the bellows breath, is one suggested pranayama practice), we can make our asana practice more potent and our lives much happier.