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, well-being, and spiritual growth. Sadhana Yoga Hudson shares 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. We offer meditation for all levels of experience.
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may 2020: where we are now
We closed our doors over two months ago, and I remember thinking, “ok, we’ll give it two weeks and see…” Well, yes, we definitely have seen, and how. This pandemic has shaken us to the core and I can only hope that we can re-imagine a future that begins to make reparations for and heal the broken places in our society. I continue to feel indebted to all the first responders, health care workers, checkout workers, trash collectors; all the people that bravely keep showing up and serving.
While there is movement in New York toward opening, it feels very far away for our studio – I honestly don’t know how long, but we are proceeding slowly and carefully. Your health and well-being are of the utmost importance to us, so for now we will continue online. We offer our classes to you so that we can stay connected and move together to stay healthy in body, mind and spirit. We are dedicated to bringing you different yoga and meditation practices, so we can re-emerge from this global pandemic and actively use our strength and intelligence to make this world a better place. Thank you for your continued support.
I am grateful for the teachers at Sadhana: Dwayne, Sasha, Mela, Elle, Kelly and Adi, for jumping right into the fire of the new normal. You all just took it in stride and made it possible for Sadhana to continue. Thank you.
We are adding two new classes, so please welcome Olivia Howie and Heather Wamsley! Olivia will be teaching Motivation to Move on Thursdays from 5 – 6pm and Heather will teach Unwind on Mondays from 7 – 8pm. You can find more information on these teachers and classes on our schedule.
Our new prices reflect the reality of continuing to offer our classes online – Zoom single classes will be $10 and Zoom 12 class cards will be $108. If you cannot afford classes at this time, please let us know and we’ll make it happen for you. We also are growing a library of pre-recorded classes, which you can purchase at any time, available soon through our website.
Friday, May 22nd, join Kelly Kamm for Happy Hour Mudra Workshop, from 5 – 6pm, via zoom online. Mudras are like remote controls that help you change your internal channel when you’re cranky, tired, or just need a lift. No experience needed! Proceeds to benefit Sadhana Service Project. Sign up here.
sadhana service project news
Sadhana Service Project (SSP) continues, online, despite the quarantine. Due to a forward-thinking and fierce director, Liz Perulli, we are able to zoom into the addiction recovery center and teach a weekly yoga class and also a class for the women in our teacher training program. These women are doing exemplary work; rotating teaching a weekly class to the other residents, asking for more homework, presenting their individual projects, and regularly making Elle and me cry.
Our SSP partnership with Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood was awarded a grant to implement an after-school yoga program for children of incarcerated parents. We’ll hopefully begin in the fall. We will also be creating a manual for best practices for teaching yoga to those that are justice-impacted.
There’s a lot of work to be done, please consider making a donation to keep the project going!
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
Sadhana Center is a place for yoga practice, meditation, teacher training and community events in Hudson, NY.