Sadhana: Your Daily Spiritual Practice

When we talk about sadhana we are not talking about any particular aspect of yoga.  Sadhana is any daily spiritual practice that allows oneself to turn inward and perceive life as it truly is. Everything can be sadhana. Everything you do becomes a spiritual act if you do it with awareness. Awareness transforms even the most mundane act into sadhana from 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.

 

Remember, we are all spiritual beings who are having a human experience. The key is to make this human, material experience an integral part of your spiritual growth.

Recommendations for a daily sadhana:

  • Start your day with mantra meditation or pranayama
  • Read a spiritual or inspirational text before bed
  • Practice specific asana, like surya namaskar (sun salutations)
  • Take a daily walk in nature
  • Keep a gratitude journal

Sadhanas are generally practiced for a minimum of forty days. This is number with significance in many spiritual texts, including the Bible (Lent is for forty days). When you do something every single day for forty days, it ingrains the new discipline; It becomes part of who you are and what you do. However, a sadhana doesn’t have to be for forty days. It may be just every single day for an indeterminate length of time.

Committing to a forthy day practice creates a strong foundation for your spiritual growth.  It is like planting a tiny little seed in the garden. Every day you practice you water it and it grows. As you get used to dedicating ten minutes a day to your evolution and growth, you’ll naturally discover you want to make more and more time for yourself. That tiny seed grows and bears fruit and, one day you discover that your most of life has become a sadhana.

Sachi Doctor

Elemental Alchemy, 90 Rio Vista Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94611

Sachi Doctor is an Ayurvedic practitioner and holistic health coach who founded Elemental Alchemy with the mission to provide a resource for those navigating their way towards optimal mind-body health.

Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at a young age, Sachi has spent over twenty years exploring different health modalities, treatment plans, diets and mindfulness practices to help alleviate chronic pain and restore balance.

After years of looking to others for a model of health with no relief, Sachi realized that the answers she sought were not hidden in someone else’s prescription for wellness but unique to her, and that the first step towards discovery was actually tuning out what was right for others and tuning into herself.

As she tapped into the wisdom of her own body, she discovered that the elements foundational for health  — the blueprint she so fervently sought — was within her, within each of us. Since then Sachi has been passionate about helping others also cultivate clarity and inner wisdom for vibrant health.

In addition to her Ayurvedic and nutrition education, Sachi has completed over 800 hours of yoga teacher training and continues to study with her mother, her first yoga teacher, for whom these practices are a way of life.

Sachi is a board member of the Prison Yoga Project at San Quentin State Prison and serves as an ambassador for Yoga Gives Back, a non-profit that raises funds within the US yoga community to support microcredit programs for women in India. She holds a Msc in Development from the London School of Economics.