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.
Lightness: Peacock and the Wild Lotus
Peacock pose (mayurasana) is a beautiful pose known to strengthen and tone digestion and invigorate the whole body, as well as to invoke the special powers of the peacock. The peacock is noted for its ability to eat poisonous snakes, scorpions and other reptiles and insects, thus inspiring the Hatha Yoga Pradipika’s claim that even kalakuta, the archetypal deadly poison, can be digested by one who practices the peacock pose.
We all know the feeling after eating a heavy meal – and by stimulating the digestive fire, mayurasana works not only on toxic food, but also on more subtle toxins such as greed, anger, jealousy, anxiety and spiritual ignorance. We can stimulate enthusiasm, courage, vitality and self-confidence and turn poison into nourishment, by placing our arms and hands at the navel center to become the ‘feet’ of mayurasana and then attempt to become light, balance and take flight!
Combining the peacock pose with padmasana, the lotus pose, can give an added sense of lightness. The lotus grows out of the heavy, sticky mud at the bottom of a pond, but its white, waxy blossoms allow the mud to slide right off. If lotus pose is possible, the peacock pose actually becomes easier. If lotus is not possible, the legs can be held in a version of baddha konasana or child’s pose.
Whether you actually take off and fly or not, you will benefit from making the effort and from the preparatory practices that will lead up to these poses, such as wrist stretches, core work, and hip openers.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.” -Marianne Williamson
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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