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.
The human body is an unstable structure, one that is constantly in motion, and always in conversation with gravity’s pull. While it can dance around a point of mechanical balance, it never really settles into complete stillness. This view lends itself to a certain approach to yoga practice; one that is fluid and flexible.
We all desire ease in our bodies and dis-ease stems from imbalance. When joints are able to work in an optimally aligned environment, muscles can work more efficiently, and there are more direct lines of movement and clear pathways of energy. A coordinated play between flexibility and strength can be maintained.
Pain can be a signal of imbalance. None of us wants to maintain pain, but it can be tricky to figure out its source and how to stop it.
One way to experience greater ease and freedom and impact the level of pain we are experiencing is to engage in a visualization practice before we start our physical yoga practice. Try this: lie down, close your eyes and clear your mind, releasing tension from eyes, jaw, mouth, ears, and neck. Then imagine clear lines of movement through any areas of injury or pain, or even just see yourself doing a more normal activity, like walking, with ease.
Another way to find ease is by becoming more attuned to our selves during the practice itself. Our awareness is a combination of consciousness and knowledge, and can serve as a preventive measure; when you feel pain, back off! Discernment can help check our ego and can develop the humility to STOP if the movement we are practicing is non-functional. This is where we can pause to clear our minds and then visualize the execution of the pose before trying it again. Or we can go back to simpler asanas to slowly build strength and flexibility for a more complex pose.
With these tools we can move through the asana practice and find the fluid balance in each moment, bringing our bodies and minds to a centered place of ease.
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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