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.
Arm Balances, Sattva, Lightness
Sattva means lightness and there is a quality to arm balancing where we can actually soften into the poses. While we do have the aim to balance in mind, attempting to relax into each moment will bring us away from that goal and toward it at the same time!
John Campbell will be teaching a second week of Ashtanga yoga in the Mysore traditional method as well as a final workshop open to all on Saturday August 9th, from 12 – 4 pm.
August brings many changes to our class schedule. Our beloved Terry Schaff will pass the torch of teaching the Community yoga class to Tara McIndoo. Terry is leaving for personal reasons and we’ll miss her so much.
If you’re looking for a 200-hour teacher training, please consider the Satya program in Rhinebeck. The training begins in September and we’re excited to offer our Sadhana model: You can either do the entire training for certification led by myself, Liz Levine and Sarah Willis, or you can be part of our Weekend Warrior program and choose just a weekend, diving deeper into our subject of focus with one of our featured guest teachers. There are two information sessions, Wed. August 20th at 7:45pm and Sunday August 24th at 5 pm at Satya. You can also find more at SatyaYogaCenter.us
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Sarah Sansone: Interview by Sondra Loring
Here you are, teaching meditation at Sadhana in Hudson. How did you get here?
I just had a sense of Sadhana for a long time. I felt it was a good place to teach. I had been there a few years ago, when Reggie Ray came there to give a workshop. I knew that the lineage that we are part of would have a home here.
As a meditation teacher, in what is mainly a yoga school, how do you see meditation and yoga fitting together?
I think they fit together through an emphasis on the body. All the work that we do comes back to embodiment. We actually can’t practice meditation without first knowing what it means to be embodied and yoga supports that so much. Meditation is yoga, in the sense that we’re working directly with the energy of the body, and exploring that to create openings in our awareness and therefore in our life.
You trained with Buddhist acharya Reggie Ray – and he is very different than most meditation teachers – how have his teachings influenced you?
Reggie in some ways is unique because of his emphasis on the body from the beginning of the journey through to the advanced practices. Traditionally that emphasis on the body isn’t presented until much later, if at all.
We over emphasize conceptual thinking – and often we just recycle what we think meditation is. With Reggie’s approach, we take the time in the beginning to go through and actually experientially come back to the body. And then the journey unfolds quite radically. The practice of meditation is designed to undercut any attempt of our ego to find ground. It is a very unusual technology in that way. Most of what we do otherwise, while it may provide space and a chance to relax, even a very profound gaze into who we are, doesn’t unravel any places where we are really holding on. Meditation provides a thoroughness that is otherwise unavailable.
I’ve heard that meditation is really difficult. Do you think I can do it?
With this embodied approach, people often experience the fruits of meditation very quickly. We get a sense of what’s possible even in the very beginning. Therefore, often people are very inspired to keep going. Even though it is possibly the most challenging work that one can do, we begin to see our lives unfolding in ways that we imagined were possible and haven’t been able to touch into as of yet.
Sarah teaches Inner Yoga Meditation at Sadhana on Saturdays, 8:00–9:15am.
Bringing It Together
a new model for yoga teacher training with sondra loring
Bringing It Together: Advanced Yoga Study (non-certified)
Advanced Yoga Study is designed for people who want to have the rigor of a teacher training that includes group study, readings, philosophy, and guest teachers while allowing a greater financial and scheduling freedom. If you wish to deepen your yoga study without certification, you can commit to one or more of the immersion weekends, in which we will delve deeply into select topics pulled from the rich array of the yoga universe.
Bringing It Together: Advanced Yoga Teacher Certification
Both the Advanced Yoga Study and the Advanced Yoga Teacher Certification will study together with me, as well as with teachers expert in specific areas of yogic study, including asana alignment, anatomy, advanced poses, yoga for specialized back care, yoga for illness including cancer and cardiac care, restorative yoga, somatic study, chair yoga, Sanskrit, yogic texts, philosophy, meditation and chanting. Each study weekend will include one guest teacher for one or more of our learning sessions. The Advanced Certification will also include a required amount of practice hours, homework, outside study, volunteer/seva work, observations, and student teaching.
I am very excited with this model. I feel it offers freedom and flexibility in the embrace of a rigorous teacher-training program.
Advanced Certification: Previous 200-hour certification
Advanced Yoga Study: At least a Basic level of yoga practice
Advanced Certification: $2500 for a 500-hour certification. The cost of the training will allow flexibility— students will be able to apply relevant yoga workshops from other institutes and include them in the curriculum. Payment due in full to hold your place. No refunds after October 15, 2013.
Advanced Yoga Study: $175 for each weekend; accommodations available. It’s not necessary to do all weekends – you are encouraged to do just one, or more.
To register for Advanced Certification, please download, print and fill out the Bringing It Together Application, and mail it to the address below.
Advanced Yoga Study participants may just mail a check for the weekend(s) of choice.
Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation
403 Warren Street
Hudson, New York 12534
“I fell in love with yoga while dancing professionally in New York City, and then felt impelled to travel to India to study Ashtanga yoga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. I continued to study Ashtanga in NYC with Eddie Stern and also began Iyengar studies with Genevieve Kapuler. Now I study with senior Iyengar teacher Carrie Owerko. My aim is to unite these two forms in my teaching with great respect.
When I moved to the Hudson Valley, yoga was in its infancy! I first opened Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation in Hudson in 2003, and then Satya Yoga Center in Rhinebeck in 2005, with Jessie Montague. I love to teach students all aspects of yoga, included in the teacher training I direct solo and the one I co-direct with Raghunath at Sadhana. I have returned twice to India to study vedic chanting with M.A. Jayashree, yoga therapy at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, and to visit holy sites with Raghunath and Radhanath Swami. I have been teaching in NYC since 1994, currently at the Bhakti Center. I offer classes that emphasize a graceful flow of movement, a quality of devotion, and a place for people to come together in community. ”
Please contact me for further information: Sondra Loring, email@example.com
Fridays: 6:30–9 pm
Saturdays: 12–4 pm
Sundays: 12–4 pm
fall 2013 dates | guest teachers
winter-spring 2014 dates | guest teachers
Feb 14–16 | Raghunath + Sondra
From Advanced to Master
200/500-hour RYT teacher training with sondra & raghunath
about the course
This training is unique: Four or five full weekends of immersion into the culture of yoga (500-hour training adds February weekend). A training that combines a down-to-earth approach to the physical practice with an esoteric expansion of the spiritual quest. You will study with two deeply passionate, lively, professional yoga teachers: Raghunath and Sondra Loring. They are committed to the yogic path and offer this program for you, the serious student.
The first weekend will be only for students studying for their 500-hour certification. It will allow you to go deeply with us, expand your previous knowledge, and prepare you to take an active role in the following weekends; assisting, student teaching and assuming a leadership role. The next four weekends will bring 200 and 500 students together, in a unique approach to the world of teaching yoga.
Raghunath teaches strength training and mastery of the difficult. He imparts a deep knowledge of yoga philosophy and delights the senses with his stories and song. Sondra sharpens the eyes for alignment details and challenges one’s understanding of consciousness. She offers students a graceful and fierce invitation to look into the heart and fill the longing there with wisdom and joy. Together they will increase the energy levels in your body, mind and spirit. This is what changes the world. YOU. Invest in yourself now and see the difference in your own practice and how you can share that with others.
All eight limbs of yoga were brought to life and animated in a three dimensional form for all of us to participate in and experience through the kirtans, meditations, chanting, philosophy, whole foods and speech, service to one another, varied guest speakers, reading and writing the ancient texts, and of course asana. We were shown how teachers of yoga become whole enough by having loving kindness for themselves first, thereby being able to transfer this to their students in kind, creating a self-perpetual chain of events! All of the  teacher trainees are deeply grateful for the exciting life changing gift that was given.” – David B.
Full training and certification: $4300
Includes vegetarian/vegan meals prepared for us each weekend by an amazing chef.
Accommodations: Shared rooms, all five weekends, Thursday night–Sunday afternoon: $950
Full training and certification: $3500
Includes vegetarian/vegan meals prepared for us each weekend by an amazing chef.
Accommodations: Shared rooms, all four weekends, Thursday night–Sunday afternoon: $700
Our next training begins February 6, 2015
(must already have a 200-hour certification
from our or another school)