As an avid reader of Steve Pavlina's blog, Personal Development for Smart People, I have long admired his tenacity in determining a course of action and sticking to it. He is the champion of the thirty day trial - a process whereby he'll try something out for thirty days to see how it impacts his life. After thirty days, the practice is sufficiently ingrained into his day so that if the results have been beneficial, it is simple to carry on.It's a great way to make a lifetime commitment to … [Read more...]
Kara-Leah commits to forty days of a regular yoga practice. Join her as she explores the joys and challenges of sadhana.
It's one week into my forty day Sadhana and I am loving it.No matter what is going on in my day, no matter how I am feeling, I know I can take eleven minutes out to myself to do this practice of sodarshan chakra kriya, and afterward I always feel better.One of the most noticeable benefits has been clarity in the mind. I've been dealing with a lot of mind chatter in the past week, and the difference after my eleven minute practice is like the difference between the height of a downpour … [Read more...]
Missed the beginning of this series? Catch up here:Committing to a Forty Day Sadhana of Sodarshan Chakra Kriya Day 1 to 7: Forty Day Sadhana of Sodarshan Chakra KriyaThere have been so many "ah-ha!" moments this week, brought about by a combination of this sadhana, but also an amazing book I am reading called Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, by Stephen Cope.Regular practice of yoga transforms us form the inside out - psyche and all. It's a process I've largely done by myself, … [Read more...]
Read the first posts in this series here:Committing to a Forty Day Sadhana of Sodarshan Chakra Kriya Day 1 to 7: Forty Day Sadhana of Sodarshan Chakra Kriya Day 8 to 14: Forty Day Sadhana of Sodarshan Chakra KriyaI'm over halfway through this sadhana, and the results have been incredible. Last week I shared some of the burning away process, whereby the movement of prana in the body releases old samskaras. This can be a painful and at times bewildering process, yet ultimately it … [Read more...]
I'm a-changin'... of that there is no doubt.And it's the most wonderful thing. In situations that I would have run a mile from just three or so weeks ago, I find myself stepping up to the plate, beating heart and all, and dealing with calmly and clearly.This week during my eleven minute practice of sodarshan chakra kriya, I have found myself breathless far more than last week.It's important in pranayama not to force anything, so when I feel breathless, I have a choice. Do I push on … [Read more...]
It happened on Thursday.It was the end of the week, as here in New Zealand we celebrate Waitangi Day on February 6th which was Friday last week.I finished work and met my partner at his workplace to catch a ride up to his boss's house to get our car. His boss lives on top of a hill with panoramic views of Wellington, and he invited us in for a drink on the patio. A couple of wines and some conversation later, it was back to our house for a much needed meal.And then, pleasantly … [Read more...]
I've done it!Yes, on Saturday, 94 days after I made a commitment to complete a forty day sadhana, I did my forty days in a row.On my first attempt back in January and February, I missed a day at Day 35, and had to start again.After a couple of false starts, I was back into it, and truly committed. I'd failed once, and knew this time what it took to complete the sadhana. Every day when I woke up, one of my first thoughts was, "When am I going to do my sadhana?"It become the one … [Read more...]