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.
It’s interesting that the word after compass in the dictionary is compassion. A compass is a device used to determine geographic location, showing the direction of magnetic north. It can help us get our bearings. Have you ever traveled with another person, found yourselves lost, and begun to fight? When we lose our way and question where we are going, we can feel agitated and turn quite critical. In these moments it is important that we recalibrate our intentions and practice greater kindness to our selves and others. Many of the ancient texts proclaim love as the actual answer! Science is now in alignment with the ancient texts, having proved that when seeking change, better and more lasting results come from compassion than from criticism!
Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana
This month we’ll cultivate compassion, practicing the compass pose, using many preparatory asanas to open the hips, stretch the hamstrings and shoulders. The pose starts from a seated position, like baddhakonasana, and the right leg is lifted and placed over the same shoulder. You then grab the outside of the foot with the left hand, pressing the right hand down into the floor. With a generous breath, the right leg is extended, pulling it back behind your head, as you twist the body to the left. There are variations, including grabbing the left wrist with the right hand and pressing the left palm to the floor with bent knees, called konasana balance, or the standing version, called visvamitrasana.
Yoga offers the gift of using our body to help locate ourselves in a vast, and challenging world. Working up to accomplish a challenging pose can move us into new territory; the body as our compass pointing us toward the true north of the heart.
Check our schedule and cultivate compassion in your practice.