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Getting Serious About Sadhana

October 27, 2013

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For someone who teaches 17 yoga classes a week I have a crappy sadhana. It’s difficult to find the inclination and energy at the end (or early beginning) of the day. Although the tremendous benefits do outweigh the inconvenience.

What is a sadhana, you ask? A sadhana is a personal yoga practice; that which helps one develop one’s physical, mental and spiritual self along one’s chosen path. Each yogi’s path is individual and one’s sadhana ought to reflect that. Some yogis will spend years perfecting their Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation) whereas others might change the details of their practice from week to week or month to month.

For a goodly period of time I was a daily Surya Namaskara yogi, using the consecutive practices to delve into the subtle energetic, spiritual and philosophical elements of the practice. I stopped my daily Sun Salutations when I injured my shoulder and have not had the tenacity to resume them since. In a perfect world, injury and illness should incite us to adapt our practices to meet the needs of our minds and bodies. More often than not, though, we fear the pain or the potential of increasing the damage (or feeling more unwell) and stop altogether.

For me, the overwhelming situation of teaching classes 6 days per week whilst recovering from an injury (with the addition of settling into a new home) was all too much. My sadhana was sacrificed mercilessly. I feel the keen loss, though; the lack of something in myself and my life.

Fortunately, the onset of Spring has awakened my enthusiasm and I may actually be able to get out of bed 20 minutes earlier than usual. I shall keep you updated! The next post will be on developing your own sadhana…. stay tuned 😉

“What is sadhana? It’s a committed prayer. It is something which you want to do, have to do, and which is being done by you. … Sadhana is self-enrichment. It is not something which is done to please somebody or to gain something. Sadhana is a personal process in which you bring out your best.” ~ Yogi Bhajan

Hari om tat sat x

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