Sadhanas are traditionally 21 days of committing to a specific practice in order to invite in and memorize a new energy. Its a commitment you Intentionally take on to train your mind to reach a goal or habit or a pattern.
What is Sadhana?
Sadhana is a Sanskrit word which means being disciplined and dedicated practice or learning.
Yoga Sadhana is the means to let go of the ego, personal agendas and attachments and is a discipline undertaken in the pursuit of a goal.
Purpose of Sadhana
It must be used as a tool to help work on yourself, to re-discover the purpose of your life, to help open doors and to let you live your life as you desire.
Ways to use SADHANA IN YOUR DAILY LIFE :-
Many times we see a 30 day or 21 Day challenge. This is a great way to challenge our body and mind. Everything we do can be sadhana. For example, We can practice to eat atleast 2 fruits a day for next 21 days. I make sure to start my Sadhana practices at the beginning of the month, and I especially love to choose a specific practice for the solstice times of year. Winter Solstice is in December, so I choose a practice and perform it December 1-21. Summer Solstice is in May and I practice my sadhana May 1-21.
You can choose any Practice that you want to build a habit around, like eating healthy, quiting smoking, walking 35 mins everyday, writing journal, cleaning dishes, practice Yoga, meditation and many more.
Here are some ideas to use as a 21 day practice which you can commit to –
- Healthy physical activity habits like walking out, Yoga, Exercise.
- Apargraha – surrender/ release toxin thoughts.
- Positive SELF Talk.
- Box Breathing.
This will be difficult to do at first, but the more you practice, the easier it will be. Everything can be sadhana. The way you eat, the way you sit, the way you stand, the way you breathe, the way you conduct your body, mind and your energies and emotions – this is sadhana. Sadhana does not mean any specific kind of activity, sadhana means you are using everything as a tool for your well being.
“Turn down the volume of your negative inner voice and create a nurturing inner voice to take its place. When you make a mistake, forgive yourself, learn from it, and move on instead of obsessing about it. Equally important, don’t allow anyone else to dwell on your mistakes or shortcomings or to expect perfection from you.”– Beverly Engel