SADHANA: A PERSONAL SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

 

 

 

Morning Sadhana

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

 

Sadhana means daily spiritual practice. It is the foundation of all spiritual endeavor. Sadhana is your personal, individual spiritual effort. It is the main tool you use to work on yourself to achieve the purpose of life. It can be done alone or in a group. Sadhana is whatever you do consistently to clear your own consciousness so you can relate to the infinity within you. Before you face the world each day, do yourself a favor and tune up your nervous system and attune yourself to your highest inner self.

During what are called the “ambrosial hours” (the two and a half hours just before sunrise), when the sun is at a sixty-degree angle to the Earth, the energy you put into your sadhana gets maximum results. Your world is quieter. It’s easier to meditate and concentrate before the hustle and bustle of the day begins. If you absolutely cannot get up early in the morning to do sadhana, then do it some other time! Doing sadhana at any time of the day or night will benefit you.

Develop a regular sadhana and you take control of your life. Develop a deep sadhana and you open the doors of experience. Commit to meet your higher Self each morning and your decisions and your life become original; your life will bear the signature of your soul; your radiance will express the meaningful intimacy of the Infinite in each moment. Immerse yourself in the joy of victory that comes from starting each day with a powerful sadhana and every challenge becomes opportunity.

5 Top Reasons to do Early Morning Sadhana

Those Kundalini Yogis have something figured out. Now I totally understand if getting your butt to your mat at 5 A.M. sounds like a special kind of torture for you—but there is really something to be said for the art of doing your practice first thing when you wake up in the morning.

Yoga is magical and healing no matter what time of day you do it. This article is not meant to discourage you from practicing if doing your practice in the morning is not feasible for you.

I simply want to outline some of the many benefits that come with an early morning practice so that perhaps you will be inspired to give it a try—you never know, it may become your new favorite thing! Here are my top 5 reasons to practice yoga first thing in the morning.

1. You will know if what you ate yesterday served you.

This is my favorite reason to practice yoga first thing in the morning.

While you are sleeping, your body is busy sorting through and digesting everything you ate the previous day. By the time you wake up in the morning, most nutrients have been assimilated and sorted, and the bulk of what you ate yesterday has moved through your digestive system.

This means if you are feeling energized and stable in your morning practice, you know what you ate yesterday served your body. If on the other hand you are gassy, bloated, lacking energy or lacking stamina—you know for certain that it was what you had yesterday that did not work for you.

This is one of the best tools I know of it tap into your body’s food wisdom.

2. It encourages better sleep habits.

When you make it a habit to get up and practice first thing in the morning, you are going to be so much more likely to make your bedtime a priority.

When you know you have the luxury of pressing the snooze button, it can be very tempting to watch that extra episode on Netflix. But when the idea of slogging through a sleepy practice enters your mind, you may think twice about skimping out on your sleep.

I feel that knowing you are going to get up to practice in the morning has a positive impact on how you prioritize adequate sleep. We all know how important sleep is to your health. Your early morning practice will help encourage you to get the rest you need.

3. It sets your breath for the day.

Starting your day in asana means that you are starting your day cultivating breath awareness. When you do this first thing in the morning, you are very likely to keep your breath on your mind for the rest of the day.

You may have a million things going on, but by setting the tone with your morning practice, you are more likely to tune into your breathing for the rest of your day. They say that the slower and deeper you breathe, the longer you will live.

4. It sets your mental tone.

I don’t know about you, but my mind is always steadier and calmer after my practice. If you start your day by calming your body and your mind through asana, there is a greater chance that you will maintain a calm mind throughout your day.

It also means that if you stray from your serene mindset, you are more apt to notice the contrast and can then go about reconnecting with your Zen. Setting the tone first thing in the morning means that you are less likely to be swallowed up in the wave of thoughts that can normally start a person’s day.

Starting in mindfulness can lead to a whole day of mindfulness.

5. It encourages health all day.

Once you have done your practice, you will most likely be feeling good. You will be more tuned in and connected with your body and with your mind.

This means that you will be starting your day off with an awareness of how you feel and how you want to feel. With this, you will be more likely to make healthful choices in your eating, sleeping, thinking, and in your speaking because you will have set that tone first thing in your day.

I have personally noticed a dramatic difference in how I treat myself after I started practicing my yoga in the morning. Knowing I have taken the time to care for myself in such an awesome way means that I want to continue that trend for the rest of the day.

Lastly, for me, practicing first thing in the morning when the house is still quiet makes me feel like my mat time is extra sacred. I feel like connecting with my own body/breath/mind/soul all alone in the wee hours of the morning sets my day on a very special note.

I want to give you the chance to experience  this devotional early morning practice, serve you as a guide and inspire you to develop your own in a safe way

When?

Tuesday  from 5:00 a.m. till 7:00 a.m

Saturday and Sunday  from 6:30 a.m. till 9:00 a.m.

Where?

At the Sand Bothy, in the Balmedie Country Park.

How?

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More Quotes on Sadhana

“Getting up in the morning to do your sadhana does not mean you will become God. No, getting up in the morning, you will become you!” 6/27/93

“The greatest reward of doing sadhana is that the person becomes incapable of being defeated. Sadhana is a self-victory, and it is a victory over time and space. Getting up is a victory over time, and doing it is a victory over space. That is what sadhana is. And when you do a sadhana in the sangat, you enrich yourself in multiple ways.

“First, the isolation which can hit anybody and make them go totally crazy is defeated. Secondly, when all of you meditate together, the total effect of your sadhana becomes multiplied by the number of people participating.

“Sadhana is not a matter of advantages and disadvantages. It is simply a means through which you can defeat all your miseries, misfortunes, and handicaps. It is a very personal thing which does not relate to anybody except yourself.

“You are supposed to go through self-evaluation every day. That is what sadhana is. On one side is God, the superiority of you; on one side is you; and on one side is the devil or the inferiority of you. Between the three you have to assess yourself.

“A sadhu is a being who has disciplined himself. Sadhana is the technique to discipline yourself. It is a scientific way to live.”

“We get up early in the morning, we rise, we do our sadhana so that we can match up with the day, with absolute reality. Face the reality with reality. Don’t face the reality with the laziness and slowness. You will never be successful. You are your own enemy. You can’t make it. Those who want to punish themselves during the day, and they do not want to match up with reality as reality… and do not want to prepare themselves… they are afraid to face the day and they have that fear. They are always afraid of sadhana and shall continue to be so.” 1/7/90

“It seems that on a daily basis, when you do sadhana, nothing happens. But you don’t do it out of greed. You do it to conquer your laziness, your ego, your stupidity, with your essence of commitment. That’s all sadhana is. We don’t do it to get anything.” – Aquarian Teacher p. 145

“There are a lot of things we need: One of these needs is that for the mind to work for you for the whole day, it must be fresh and clear; it must be made livable. That is why it is a requirement to rise early in the morning when nobody can disturb you, when you can be yourself.”

 

 

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