What My Sadhana Means To Me
by Cara Tracy
First, it is an intention.
Then a behavior.
Then a habit.
Then a practice.
Then a second nature.
Then it is simply who you are.
After a few visits to Anahata or another kundalini yoga studio, you likely have heard the word Sadhana. Sadhana means daily spiritual practice. Yogi Bhajan refers to it as “a personal process in which you bring out your best.” In Kundalini Yoga, it includes a Kriya and meditation.
A Kriya is a yoga set designed for a specific purpose, whether it’s to increase inner vitality and stamina, to strengthen the aura, for flexibility and the spine and to throw off stress. The same goes with Kundalini Yoga meditations. There’s a meditation to build intuition, to strengthen the immune system, to open the heart and to send healing thoughts. Got an issue? There’s likely a Kriya or meditation for that!
The magic is in the repetition. The more you do it, the better the effect.
So back to Sadhana. I began mine over a year ago during my Kundalini Yoga teacher training at Anahata Yoga Sound and Energy Healing. Every single day I do about 25 minutes of Nahbi Kriya to strengthen the navel center and my current meditation helps to erase old habit patterns.
Yes, I “have” to get up earlier for work—or fit in my Sadhana at other times if my schedule requires. But like the quote above says, it’s become second nature and a part of who I am.
And even more than that, it’s become a comfort to me. Yes, doing core exercises at 5:00 am in the morning can be a comfort! I have found that on days I’m feeling distracted, stressed or even a little blue, my Sadhana is a respite. I especially notice this when I travel. It’s like bringing a little bit of home with me, just like a comfy pillow or listening to a favorite playlist.