On December 13, I started my personal Sadhana. This is one of the requirements of my yoga teacher training program. We were instructed to start in on an “auspicious” day of our choosing — the full moon, the winter solstice, the first day of the New Year, etc. Because of the connection between my sister and the moon, I decide to start mine on the night when the moon at its fullest.
A Sadhana is a daily practice that you do for 30 days, with an intention of either manifesting something or letting something go. It’s a healing and transformative personal journey. What you do for a Sadhana is up to you. (Please note that this is my first experience with a Sadhana, and all my information comes from my yoga studio and may not be the same everywhere).
To plan a Sadhana, you consider yourself physically and mentally and determine what you need to add or subtract. You can also include something you want to work towards.
The intention of my Sadhana is to influence personal healing and self-care from a traumatic loss this past fall by forming a deeper connection between myself and the divine and building my strength and balance. Starting on December 13 (first day of full moon):
15 minutes of meditation daily with the So Hum mantra (“I am that”).
Kapalabati breathing (breath of fire) and warm water with apple cider vinegar and raw honey before meditation.
45 minutes of home yoga practice with hanumanasana (full split) and pincha mayurasana (forearm stand) as peak poses. (Hanumanasana represents devotion and pincha mayurasana is for strength and balance.)
Following a clean, plant-based diet with lots of water.
Daily writing and gratitude journaling (noting three things I am grateful for each day).
The commitment will be challenging, but I am optimistic that this practice will bring healing and connection. Namaste.