Sadhana & practice
SADHANA – A way of life
Sadhana means: practice, spiritual journey, realization, fulfillment; acquisition, acquisition, this induces a notion of effort and discipline.
Sadhana in a broad sense refers to the attitude of the yogini, at every moment, putting himself at the service of himself on the path he undertakes. Thus, to open oneself to sensations, to be attentive to oneself, to feel the breathing in its own space, to follow one’s instinct, to apply oneself to doing things in consciousness, but also to practice, all this constitutes the attitude of Sadhana in a wide sense.
More specifically, Sadhana refers to the morning yoga practice. It’s a time you choose to live each morning to give you the means to eliminate negative habits that prevent you from accessing a higher consciousness.
During a usual day, the man follows important changes of state of consciousness. The lowest state is sleep. It is natural that, at out awaking, our consciousness should be misled thus this is one of the moments when the unconscious is not only the most accessible to the practice, but also the most active in our life. To get up and practice Sadhana is to choose to go out of the torpor and the unconscious to “rise in consciousness”, and stay there for the rest of the day.
Yogi Bhajan said:
That morning is the time when you want to decide if you want to live or die.
The day you do not do your sadhana, is the day when you lose yourself to yourself
What Yogi Bhajan means by this is that without the practice of Sadhana, the passions that inhabit us (the “good” as well as the “bad”) prevail and our day is enslaved by their changes of mood and intemperance.
While a day started by a Sadhana creates a space in which the consciousness will be “set up”. The vagaries of life will continue to happen, our emotional reactions and our minds will always be present and active, but what is higher in us will be there and will observe, without judging, creating the conditions for a transformation and of a natural purification.
The practice of Sadhana becomes, at a point of evolution in the practice of Kundalini yoga essential and delicious.
What Yogi Bhajan has to say about It
THE PRACTICE - A DOOR OPENED TO YOURSELFYoga is a great tool for opening and releasing consciousness.
By acting on our physical body (blood, muscles, nerves), on our energetic body circulation of “energetic codes” towards the energy plexuses that are the Chakras), our emotional body (liberation, discovery of emotional charges), our mental body (pacification of the mind, re-centering), it allows to align the energies of the body, limiting the neurotic influences and the sufferings while promoting our creative and positive impulses in all the areas of our lives : our relationships with others, or ability to give and receive love, our generosity, our simplicity, but also our access to the joy and dance of life.
This effect can be reached with a regular practice of yoga.
The human body is tremendously flexible and adaptable, put it in any situation, it will adapt quickly and at its best.
Practice the yoga assiduously for 1 month, you will feel the effects flourish in you, stop 1 month, you will see the effects vanish little by little.
Transformation through yoga follows the same path as any other transformation, it initiates, takes shape and turns to each practice session, and gradually fades out when as the practice stops.
Of course, there are “jumps”, real changes of state that perpetuate the evolution. These changes give a new foundation from which the path of self-discovery continues, in a practice of another level, more subtle, deeper and yet externally similar. The powerhouse on this path is practice, and commitment in this practice. Nothing can replace it.
WHAT MAGIC IS OPERATING? - PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICEThe practice of yoga acts and produces the desired effects, and there is no need for more explanations. Yet, the Western mind loves theories and wants to “understand before doing” – while the tantric yogini observes himself doing and understands with his heart, at each moment what is really happening.
We are in the West: let us dress up the reality with a theoretical explanation. We will invoke Jung’s work for theoretical support. Jung proposes that the elemental “bricks” constituting our unconscious are “archetypes”, and that we all have the same archetypes within us, that they are simply more or less balanced. We do not have direct access to these archetypes, they go beyond our mental understanding, but we have access to their expression through symbols.
For example, the equilibrium of the “interior-exterior” symbol translates into an ability to know and respect one’s limits and those of others, but also to allow oneself to be touched by others just as much as it will influence the sensation felt at the sight of a door half open and our ability to express our feelings, etc … everything that affects the duality inside / outside will be inter connected.
Yoga, through the codification of its practices, acts directly on the archetypes by “putting our body into situations where those symbols are met en balanced”.
So, for instance the posture with the hands joined in prayer mudra in front of the chest produces a significant refocusing effect, from the top and the bottom, placing our self at this center point between heaven and earth, from right to left, bringing together the two lobes of the brain.
As another instance, the archer pose works to sharpen our foresight and determination and much more.
To practice yoga is to purify our unconscious, to purify our soul, so that, freed from the slags of past memories, it can take all its magnitude and radiate within us, for our greatest joy.
COMMITMENT IN YOUR PRACTICEHarvest what was sowed: Karma Vs Dharma.
Yoga as a practice towards a new man.
The law of Karma is simple and applies with astonishing regularity: we carry wounds in us (memories or neuroses we would say today), who are active and incite us to reproduce these wounds back into us and around us.
Thus the natural, unconscious tendency is to reproduce to infinity what made us suffer and will make us suffer.
This suffering, in turn, is integrated and reinforced in our unconscious mind and is reinforced with the persons we play these beliefs (usually our closest ones). It is the Samsara, the wheel of Karma.
The law of the Dharma is less known but applies with the same simplicity and efficiency: when we put our body in a situation that tends to heal the karmic wounds (memories of our past life, transgenerational or transpersonal), this healing extends to all aspects of our being and our relations.
Our commitment to Karma and Dharma is the driver of our evolution. – Thus, releasing a suffering received as a victim in the past by inflicting the same kind of violence to another will only reinforce our own remembrance of this pain fealty by letting it express it again.
In conclusion, to practice with power, subtlety and depth, engaging the whole body and going beyond one’s own limits, here is what will release the wound and restore a healed you to yourself.
KEEP UP ! - OVERCOMING YOUR RESISTANCETo go beyond yourself & To respect yourself
The liberations allowed by the Dharma of Tantric Kundalini Yoga is as powerful as the commitment of yogini is deep.
So, your Kundalini Yoga teacher will always encourage you to “go beyond your limits”, to go beyond, to “keep up” and change your state.
When you hold a pose, a breath, your energy is involved and challenged, you feel deep transformations occur inside of you, in your emotional world and new ideas arise inside of you.
The body and its defence mechanisms have an interest not to change, they encourage a status quo of what is, it seem for them the more economic path to go, it “globally works” and it “has always worked that way”.
The posture will disturb this balance and temporarily create a feeling of discomfort. Your mind, do not want to let go of what you already know (the mind can only know the past) and you will feel that “you can not hold the posture anymore”. But listen honestly to this voice in you: “you can not anymore?” who says that, are you going to hurt yourself ? If so, leave the posture slowly and rest, but if not, it’s just the sign that you have arrived at the point when the posture will start working as a transformative tool and allow, unlock, change and free you.
At this precise moment, put away the Ego who wants to stay as it is and go beyond, go on an adventure to see what is behind. A treasures is waiting for you.