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.
Things That Scare You
There are many ways to approach our fears: running away, flying into a rage, crying, shopping, eating too much or too little, surfing the internet, hiding out, going numb, to name a few. Is it possible to face our fears with a gentler, more curious eye? Is it possible to consider that our fears can teach us about ourselves? Can we accept our human frailty without crumbling or self-pity?
It can be said that a good yoga class has elements of things that scare us: difficult poses, meditation, or hey, how about singing? And it can be said that those very same things are what can liberate us! If we take a view of our yoga practice as a way to bring clarity to our minds, and strength and flexibility to our bodies, then perhaps we can view bumping up against any/all challenges as a way to change how we perceive our relationship with difficulty. If we are looking to connect with ourselves and with others, then being able to see hardship and not turn our gaze away is a skill that, with practice, will help us on the quest for connection.
Through the physical practice of yogasana and the mental practice of mindfulness, together with the heart practice of loving-kindness and compassion, we have tools for building stronger and more meaningful relationships with the world around us.
As you practice this month, we’ll challenge you to embrace your fears. We’ll remind you to stay with your breath as you move, sit, or sing your way through your own difficult terrain. This is to be done slowly, in stages, in the safe atmosphere we have cultivated at Sadhana.
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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