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.