Life & Sadhana
The natural flow of life will become you
Touch of Yoga
The most central idea to any yoga practice and particularly
to Sadhana Yoga is prana, which means "vital life force."
The vital life force refers to the spark that separates
living beings from non-living material. It is the core within
which connects all of us to the universe. In today’s
hectic world we have become very disconnected from nature
and its flow of energy. We tend to fight against nature
and the laws of nature rather than going with the flow.
Through yoga, and specifically through Sadhana Yoga, we
can return to, and connect with, the natural current of
the vital life force. This means gaining greater inner peace
and a strong sense of physical well-being.
vital life force is not unique to people. From the smallest
single cell animal to the infinite energy of a million galaxies
and everything in between, the entire natural world is connected
through the energy found in all organisms. Each of us can
learn to harness this natural energy and reap the benefits
of living closer to the vital life force. From this vibrant
current we can fuel our lives. It drives us to reach our
personal best no matter what we choose to do. Just as a
fish separated from water cannot live, and the beautiful
colors of a flower cannot be seen without light, humans
cannot reach their full potential if they live apart from
the natural flow of universal energy.
Through the practice of Sadhana Yoga you can learn to reconnect
your body, mind and soul with vital life force energy. This
is accomplished through a balance of physical Yoga exercises
(Asanas), relaxation, meditation and a healthy diet.
for Inner Peace
In yoga practice, meditation is one of the eight limbs along
the path to enlightenment. Practiced by itself, meditation
is called Raja Yoga. " In Sanskrit Raja means "king,"
and Yoga means "union or bring together," so Raja
Yoga is the quest to become king of your mind, to focus,
tune, relax and control it, while working in unison with
your physical body.
Meditation is the means by which you can calm your restless
mind until it becomes still, then focus all your energy
and attention on one thought, or area. Meditation is therefore
not the goal, but only a tool that helps you connect to
the vital life force. Through meditation you are essentially
training your mind to work in harmony with your body, allowing
you to reach your full potential.The traditional term for
meditation is bhavana, which translates as "mental
and emotional development." Just as you can develop
your body through physical exercise, you can also develop
your mind through mental exercise. Once you have a more
focused mental power, you can begin to work on strengthening
your own emotional development. Experienced yogis and yoginis
have more control over their emotions. This does not mean
that showing your emotions is a bad thing, yet there are
times when control can produce a positive reaction and become
a grand asset to communication.
Spirituality and You
To some, spirituality means closeness to nature and creating
a feeling of inner peace. To others, spirituality embraces
a faith and respect in some greater power that encompasses
all that is good. Still, others believe that spirituality
is something that is felt deep within and cannot be explained
with mere words.
In the philosophy of Sadhana Yoga, true spirituality is
to embrace kindness, compassion, and selfless giving. At
the same time to hold peace in your heart and become a vehicle
for all that is good to channel through your body and mind.
When you master Sadhana Yoga, you reflect spirituality through
telling a story with your yoga practice and flow with the
energy of life.
Three golden rules to live by:
(1) - Think before you Act
(2) - Think before you Speak
(3) - Think before you eat
Your Health the Natures Doctor
For the most part humans have become separated from the
natural flow of energy, vital life force, or (Prana). For
a holistic approach to health strive to find balance within
the following categories:
Moderate sunlight is an asset to your physical and mental
health. Expose your body to sunlight in the early morning
and late evening.
Without fresh air you cannot function at your full potential.
Try to spend time outdoors in Nature, or place many plants
in your indoors locations.
The Earth is alive and your body needs to be grounded
to this wonderful source of positive energy. Your body,
mind and soul truly need to touch the Earth, feeling the
heart beat of mother nature. Sit on the ground, walk barefoot
in the grass, grow a garden, and take a camping trip.
Pure water will cleanse, sooth and heal your body internally
and externally. Swim, bath, shower and drink plenty of
pure, fresh water daily.
Take a lesson from ether. There are times when it is good
to be nothing, void of all, calm and quiet as you let
the energy of life pass through you.
You have to move your body, or you will not be healthy.
Find a balance between aerobics, muscle resistance and
stretching. Allow this to be a priority in your life.
Relaxation and Sleep
Take time to embrace the spoils of relaxation and adequate
sleep, your body will thank you for years to come.
Your whole physical and mental existence is greatly affected
by your choice of food. In the Yogic tradition, your body
is your temple. Strive to fuel your body with the best
Find something your enjoy, work for a purpose and look
forward to every day.
The word exercise implies movement: strengthening, toning,
stretching, and working your body. Sadhana Yoga teaches
to strive for a balance in all aspects of life, including
exercise.You can build your body through aerobic exercise,
muscle resistance exercise, stretching exercise, and proper
diet. If you chose not to engage in any of these categories,
then you will never succeed at building your body to its
full potential. If you partake in only a few of these four
categories, you will have some success, yet you will still
lack in achieving your full potential. Through the Sadhana
Yoga system you will embrace all four categories and achieve
a well balanced, healthy, strong, and flexible body.
Aerobic exercise includes any exercise that puts stress
on working your heart and lungs. This would include any
exercise, which gets you breathing hard, and increases
your heart rate to its maximum sustained beat.
Muscle resistance exercise strengthens muscles with less
emphasis on heart rate and respiratory functions. Try
to incorporate at least 20 minutes of quality muscle resistance
exercise every other day. Quality muscle resistance exercise
refers to challenging your muscles because muscle resistance
exercise usually targets one specific muscle group, you
need to focus on different areas of your body with each
Isolated stretching exercise implies the lengthening of
the muscles, joints and tendons without emphasis on your
respiratory system, circulatory system, or strengthening
of muscles. Pure stretching is different from yoga exercise,
yet yoga exercise definitely involves stretching. Yoga
differs from simple stretching as it also embraces techniques
of synchronized breathing, counter stretching, the mind-body
connection, and proper sequencing of yoga postures. Stretching
your muscles with yoga helps to release tension from your
muscles, and creates more supple joints and tendons. Ideally,
you should strive to stretch for a minimum of 30 to 45
minutes two or three times a week.
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