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.
I suspect that all of us improvise a lot more of the time than we think. As humans we like to imagine that we have control over our lives, that we are responsible for our lives, and it seems more accurate to acknowledge that we are making it up as we go and can really only be responsible to our lives.
As a dancer for most of my life, part of my creative pursuit has been in the development of the art of improvisation. What is improvisation? It can be defined as the act of composing, uttering, executing, or arranging anything without previous preparation. My experience differs in that I (and many of the improvisers that I know) prepare with great rigor in order to attain the freedom to be spontaneous. I use this dancer’s body to express and reveal a thought process and when I watch dancers perform improvisation, I get a glimpse into each performer’s mind; similar to only being able to see the wind by the patterns it leaves in the sand or in the movement of tall grass in a field.
In yoga, even with a set sequence of asanas, the experience of them can never be the same. We are changing moment to moment. Perhaps one approach to each day is to wake up and think, “I wonder what will happen today?”
This month we’ll blow a bit in the wind; allowing each teacher to explore a theme of his or her own choosing for that particular class. Themes are often inherent and with attention can be brought to our consciousness. Teachers may be inspired to focus on the breath, meditation, a peak pose and the methods to achieve it, restoratives, poetry, philosophy, and the list goes on. Yoga can provide us with a rigorous structure in order to prepare us for freedom and the delight of recognizing the potential in each moment. Let’s dive into yoga with the spirit of the improviser, allowing ourselves to slow down, listen, explore and be moved by the practice itself.
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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