Sadhana: part two

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“Mere philosophy will not satisfy us. We cannot reach the goal by mere words alone. Without practice, nothing can be achieved. (3)” ― Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras

Sadhana can be translated as a dedication to an aim, or to bring something about. In yogic philosophy  we see this concept a lot. Many times it refers to meditation and devotional or spiritual practices. Last January we focused on Sadhana as well (click here to see last years blog). The basic concept  is to commit to doing a practice (any practice) for a certain length of time. Sometimes 40 days or 90 days or even indefinitely. I encourage you to try it with your yoga practice.  If you follow my blog or practice at our studio you know a yoga practice can be many things. It does not have to involve asana (or physical movements). Think about what you want to work towards. You could commit to simply taking 3 deep breaths each morning before you wake up. Even something simple can be very effective.

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“The goal of practice is always to keep our beginner’s mind.” ― Shunryu Suzuki

As yogi’s in training it is important to always be a student. To learn and explore. To continue to work towards union or yoga. Taking on a Sadhana can be a way to deepen your awareness and your practice. To achieve anything great in life we have to practice. Finding a way to cultivate passion and discipline in our yoga practice, to make it interesting, can be very helpful. The more care and effort you put into any endeavor the more you get out of it. When our practice gets easy, we can get complacent. So it can be good to challenge yourself to go deeper. Take your inspiration from the masters. A master of anything, music, art, science, yoga, a sport, will tell you that it takes practice.  A Sadhana gives you a chance to practice. To practice what you choose to repeat everyday, and also to practice discipline and self mastery.

Love and Light,  Robin

“It is a mistake to think that the practice of my art has become easy to me. I assure you, dear friend, no one has given so much care to the study of composition as I. There is scarcely a famous master in music whose works I have not frequently and diligently studied.” ― Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Small changes performed consistently create the mental/emotional muscle for doing more – just as physical exercise done consistently allow us to increase our physical output.” -River Coco

 

 

 

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