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.
February: Standing Our Ground
It is in our yoga classes where we practice contemplation and standing firm, – a place we can find our ground. Can we take this approach outside of the quiet space of the studio and into the loud and troubling world in which we live? Can we be courageous and maintain a contemplative practice and stand up for what we believe in off of the mat? To take a stand for peace? For sanity?
In this tangled time of history it may be challenging to find solid ground on which to stand. This month, we will focus on both building strength in our bodies and learning how to maintain it. This will require doing what we know is good for us, even when it is uncomfortable; when it would be so much easier to sit back and escape into the myriad distractions coming our way every minute.
It is easy to mistake tension for strength; when actually, true strength, at the muscular level, has a quality of elasticity. A muscle needs to be able to be elastic (or resilient) in order to absorb different measures of stresses placed on it. Walking isn’t normally a stressful event on the body, but when facing challenging obstacles in our lives, the potential for tension to interfere with even the simplest of movements is real. I was struck when watching the meditation master and social activist Thich Nhat Hanh walk. He moves so very slowly but with an energy that reminds me of a mack truck; simply unstoppable.
We can think of strengthening our ‘core’ by obvious means – practicing poses like Navasana (boat) and Chaturanga Dandasana (push-up,) but can we expand our thinking to include breath work (pranayama), resting (savasana), and meditation (dharana), as also strength-building practices?
I believe that work on our own practice, while engaged in a group setting, can build both the resilience needed to stand our ground, and to care for others, including family, friends, community, nation, and planet. Is there any better time than now?
Ready to put this into practice? Check our schedule.
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
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