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A Special Treat for Your Home Yoga Practice

Every Friday Spirit Voyage has “Free Music Fridays”.  This Friday they opened up their new ebook store and included a free ebook and a collection of 6 mp3s to go with it.  The book and music collection are called “Yoga and Mantras for a Whole Heart”.   I would definitely recommend signing up for Spirit Voyage asap, because Free Music Friday deals end in a few days.

Visit www.spiritvoyage.com  

You will soon have a great collection of free music for your sadhana or home yoga practice…plus an ebook all about mantras.

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What Is Sadhana?

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立石光正 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On this blog you will hear me talk about sadhana a lot.  It is basically a dedicated(hopefully daily) spiritual practice, specifically a yogic practice.

A traditional sadhana as taught by Yogi Bhajan is done in the ambrosial hours(before the sun rises) and includes chanting, meditation, pranayama (breathwork) and at least one kriya that is repeated daily for a period of time, hopefully to mastery.  A cold shower before yoga is recommended.

It’s a great way to begin each day.  Sadhana can be done with a group(and is great that way) or alone.

Most Kundalini Yoga teacher trainings will require sadhana practice.  I fell in love with Sadhana during my teacher training.  Yoga festivals (such as 3HO Solstices, Sat Nam Fest, Wanderlust, etc.) also have sadhana, and many yoga centers in various cities also have sadhana, though the hours are usually not the traditional hours (4-6:30am).  Sadhana classes are often free or by donation.  It is usually a more relaxed, meditative and atmospheric class than a regular yoga class, but there is definitely a portion of the sadhana that is great work-out.

If you’re doing sadhana on your own, in private, it’s important to have a good location in which to practice.  You can however do sadhana at whatever time works best for you.  If you’re not experienced I’d recommend sticking to a sadhana organized or recommended for you by a yoga or spiritual teacher.  If you are experienced, feel free to experiment.

My sadhana has at times consisted of transformational (reichian) breathwork and ecstatic yogic dance, along with chanting and meditation.  At other times I would do traditional kundalini yoga warm-ups, pranayama, a couple of kriyas, meditation and chanting.  Sometimes I split my sadhana into morning and evening.  Doing just an hour in the morning of meditating with music and doing a very simple (non-noisy) kriya, usually spinal kriya, so as not to disturb others sleeping, and reserving my energy to move with force and ability to chant loudly for my evening sadhana.

For more information about setting up your own Sadhana practice, check out this article.  Sadhana Q & A with Yogi Bhajan

For Kundalini Yoga and spiritual practice advice check out Siri Mera Kaur, where you can sign up for a free “Bliss Path E-course” to get you started on the yogic path.

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Sadhana Share Sunday

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Sadhana (Photo credit: Roshnii)

 

What did your Sadhana look like today or this week?

What theme are you exploring or what are you gleaning from your practice in your daily explorations?

Can you show your sadhana space, music or mantra?

If you’re teaching sadhana or doing sadhana with others what is the dynamic like?

Even better what did you eat before, during or after sadhana(especially if fruity!)

I’d love to know.

~~Sat Nam

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Summer Time Kundalini Yoga Events

There are some great Kundalini events coming up… first off there’s the bi-annual Sat Nam Fest (one on the East Coast of the U.S. and one on the West) coming up this month. From April 12-15 in Joshua Tree, CA the festival will include several huge teachers and musicians, including the world renowned teacher Gurmukh with world renowned musician Snatam Kaur.

The classes will include live music by the musicians. There will also be kirtan with Ramdass and others. The best thing about Sat Nam Fest is the 4am Sadhana! Joshua Tree is a magical place and a perfect place for Sadhana. If you are free during this time you should absolutely make it to Sat Nam fest rather you’ve participated in Kundalini Yoga before or you’re just curious. It is a great way to jump into the KY community experiencing the best of the best in teachers, musicians and community…

 Espanola, NM The 21 Stages of Meditation 6/6-12 2012  kundaliniresearchinstitute.org

 Toronto, ON, Canada is Beyond Addiction: The Yogic Path to Recovery  April 20- July 15th

Great British Kundalini Yoga Festival 2012.  On June 6

Then the huge annual Summer Solstice and it’s offspring Women’s Camp and Youth Camp.  These events take place in Santa Fe, New Mexico from June 14-23 for the Solstice event and the two camps take place from 6/24-7/6.

 Montreal Kirtan Festival, this is the first annual for this festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. montrealyogamusicfestival.com 7/14

 Campamento De Mujeres De Mexico- Women’s Camp in Mexico, visit yogakundalini.com.mx 7/12

There’s also the very special Sat Nam Fest, in September.  It is awhile from now, but it’s worth planning in advance and their early bird registration end on the 20th of this month!  So if your summer is already busy, look into the Sat Nam Fest in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania and use my special code to get a discount of $25 on your registration for 3 or 4 day passes:  SFEMERA

www.satnamfest.com

September 13-16 Waynesboro, PA

Early registration ends May 20th, so with this discount code you will get the best price if you sign-up now! 

~~Sat Nam

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