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.
Poses for Your Heart
Following a tumultuous and heart-wrenching political season, and swiftly moving into a hectic holiday season, our craving for an escape can be quite intense. It is an amazing and brave act to take time out of the day to peel our selves away from our screens and drop our awareness into our bodies. The body is an arena for transformation, where we can gather our attention, reaffirm our intentions, and then re-engage with the world to make our lives, the lives of those around us, and the life of our world a saner, and more loving place.
In our practice, part of the art of the asana is to move in and out of the pose while keeping our attention on the breath. This focus has an effect on our body and respiratory system, and also on our heart.
When bringing the heart into the equation, the common reference in yoga is that of ‘heart-opening’, referring to poses that open the chest region to make more space for the heart, experienced most commonly with backbends. This month, we’ll expand into other poses that not only stretch the heart area, but also ones that calm the mind, ones that strengthen us, and ones that are restful. For example, when we do tree pose and work with balance, we calm the mind, which has a beneficial correlation to the heart. When we do plank pose and hold it, we build strength and get the heart pumping. When we do a seated forward bend, the head is lower than the heart, which slows the heart rate and respiration, allowing the body to rest.
During challenging times, it is advised to “take heart,” which by definition means to become confident and courageous during a difficult situation. Let the focus on the heart this month bring calm, strength and rest to carry you well into the New Year.
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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