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.
Giving Back: Social Activism and Gratitude
Pose: Matsyasana, Fish Pose
Stemming from last month’s focus on Compassion, we take the lessons learned and move them forward into our community. Putting ourselves in another’s shoes can engender feeling gratitude for what we have in our own lives, and inspire action to give what we can to those in need.
In our yoga practice, we will focus on Matsyasana, a beautiful heart-opening pose that exemplifies gratitude with its graceful form and the subject of an old story, offered below.
This month our studio will host a food and clothing drive to support organizations that serve our community. We are asking for donations of canned goods and warm clothes that we can give to food pantries, churches, and soup kitchens in our area.
We are also teaming up with Roots Tribe Yoga, an organization run by a former student, Philippa van Kerckerinck, that offers classes to kids in PA and in Gambia, and is in need of new or gently used yoga mats.
Please bring your donations of canned foods, warm clothes and yoga mats to the studio and all will be donated by Thanksgiving.
The Story of Matysa
A long, long time ago, it so happened that Brahma, the creator, fell asleep, causing a pralaya, a period of cosmic dissolution. In the ensuing chaos, a demon named Hayagreeva made off with the four Vedas, which contained the world’s sacred wisdom.
To bring order to the chaos, Vishnu took the form of a matsya (fish), swam into the hands of King Satyavrat and cried, “Majesty, protect me!” So the king put the fish in his kamandalu, a coconut shell bowl, and took her home. By the next morning she had grown to fill the bowl. The king produced a larger bowl, and then successively larger bowls, and ponds, and lakes, but the fish rapidly outgrew every container. At last the king decided to take her to the sea. “Please don’t put me in a sea where there are monsters!” said the fish.
By now it was clear that this was no ordinary fish. Satyavrat folded his hands and begged the fish to reveal her true form, and to explain what was really happening here. Immediately, Lord Vishnu stood before him. He told Satyavrat that in seven days, the entire world would be flooded. “But I will send a boat for you,” said the Lord, “and you will help me to rebuild the world. During the next seven days you must gather every kind of seed and plant that grows on earth, and the subtle bodies of every species of creature. When I arrive, put all of these into the boat. Use Vasuki, the cosmic serpent, as a rope to tether the boat to the fin on my head, and I will carry you safely over the flood.”
So at the appointed time, Satyavrat loaded the boat with every kind of seed and medicinal plant, and with the subtle forms of every living creature. In the meantime, Lord Vishnu—or, as we should probably call him by now, Matsyavatar, Vishnu’s descent in fish form—had rescued the Vedas from Hayagreeva’s clutches and stowed them safely with the world-saving cargo. As they sailed, Matsyavatar spoke divine wisdom to Satyavrat, teaching him all about the yogas of jnana (wisdom), bhakti (devotion), and karma (action). Today, his discourse is known as the Matsya Purana. They sailed over ages and eons, until Brahma awoke. A shining new world emerged then from the ocean, and Satyavrat became the Manu—the lawgiver, ruler, and father—of the creatures of that new age.
Check our schedule and come practice this heart-opening pose.