40-Day Sadhana to Master a Set
“If you are depressed, you’re living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” – Lao Tzu
My sacred little corner
I am on day 8 of my first 40-day Sadhana to master a kundalini yoga set. I was inspired to embark upon this by a friend who had completed a 40-day Abdominal/Third Chakra set. I chose The Women’s Set which is great for keeping your grace, and has poses that are good for the reproductive organs. Having done it once before in a class, I knew it would be great for my lower back too. I often chastise myself about the way I’ve mistreated my back over the years, and worry about what will happen to me as I grow older and stiffer. When I start thinking like that I need to stop myself and find peace again, because we all know stress is not going to help anything.
The first few days I struggled with the back bending in camel and bow pose, especially when the delayed muscle soreness kicked in around day 3. But, even after so few days, I’m finding some small improvements and epiphanies within postures. I set an intention spontaneously as I begin, like “stillness” or “meditative”. Instead of being anxious about how long I’m holding, or what’s coming next, I can bring my mind back to the present moment and I find peace using my one -word intention.
I prefer not to use the word “challenge” anymore. I feel as though I have moved from a place of “I must compete with myself to accomplish this” to “This is something that I just do every morning”. I get up at 5am, go downstairs, change into my white yoga clothes, and do an hour and a half of yoga and/or meditation. It’s liberating how it’s just become a habit, in just 5 months of dedicated practice! I am so grateful for the willpower and the motivation I’ve had over these past months.