"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."
Your sadhana is the foundation for your spiritual life. It is your personal practice; the effort put forth to attain highest consciousness, to relate to oneself and others with peace and compassion.
It can manifest in many ways-- in an asana practice, or meditation, or the study of sacred texts. It is prayer, and breath, and intention. It is not forgotten, but returned to daily. It is a refuge.
While your sadhana can take place anywhere, it is preferable to create a quiet and calm space in or outside of your home that will encourage you to take time out of your busy life and come greet your higher self each and every day. Even a corner in your room will do. Include some kind of flat surface for an altar, and on it place items that hold deep significance to you: candles, photographs, fresh flowers, feathers, incense, books-- anything that reminds you of your connection with the greater universe.
Making a physical space in my home for my sadhana changed the way I viewed my yoga practice. I relied less on yoga classes to find the peace of mind I was looking for, and instead learned to rely on myself. I realized that, while yoga was a blessing in my life, it was also a responsibility. It required me to commit to working on myself, even when I didn't want to. A beautiful space made this work feel safe and important.
Everywhere I’ve ever lived, I’ve had a special place in my home for my practice. In the summer of 2017, my partner and I took this a step further and built a tiny mobile yoga studio. It is now the home of a yogi named Matt’s practice in upstate NY.
I want to help you create a space for your sadhana, in whatever form makes the most sense for your life. Whether that's renovating the basement, dividing a bedroom, or building a separate unit outside, let's work together to give your practice the space it deserves.
If you're interested in working with us on creating your sadhana space, please email me at email@example.com