10 Ways to Start a Personal Sadhana Practice

Kirsty Gallagher
10 Ways to Start a Personal Sadhana Practice

It’s amazing sometimes what just a little bit of time out can do for you; so that is my challenge to you for this week, or even for the month of April -- to take some time out with yourself, for yourself.

I know we all lead incredibly busy lives -- we run from place to place, constantly plugged into technology of one kind or another. We look after all those around us, and when asked to find the time to meditate, do yoga, take a break, or "indulge" in something that we actually love or enjoy doing, we will more often than not be seen to throw our hands in the air and exclaim that we don’t have time for that!

But even 15 minutes a day can make a huge difference. Fifteen minutes a day can help you to "find yourself" and move through the other 23 hours and 45 minutes of your day in a much happier, more inspired and alive way. We can all find 15 minutes in the day, right?

Creating a Sadhana

I invite you to create a sadhana. The word sadhana means daily spiritual practice and the idea of this, is that for just 15 minutes a day you get to think of you and only you.

Truly, a sadhana can be anything that makes your heart sing. There is only one rule -- that you commit to it every day, no matter what. Here are some ideas of ways you can create your own sadhana:

1. Asana

3-12 simple rounds of Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskara) will set you up for your day like never before! Notice how much more awake, alive, and tuned in you feel.

2. Meditation

Sit with a simple breath meditation. Follow the breath, the inhale and the exhale -- or you could add a mantra that flows with the breath if that helps.

3. Journaling

An ideal way to start or end your day, as it helps you to clear your mind and regain focus. It’s most beautiful to simply allow the words to flow.

4. Commune With Nature

Go for a walk in the fresh air. Nature has a way of soothing the soul and allowing inspiration to flood in.

5. Affirmations

Positive affirmations done regularly can have a hugely powerful impact on your life. Work with around three at a time and repeat twelve times each.

6. Morning Intention

Set an intention for the day. It may be simply that you want to have a love-filled day, or there may be something that you need help achieving.

7. Pranayama

Commit to breathing, and I mean really breathing. Breath of Fire, Alternate Nostril Breathing, or full yogic breathing are all good options.

8. Gratitude Journal

At the end of each day, spend some time writing down all the things you are grateful for. This will help you spend as much time in gratitude as possible.

9. Be Creative

Write poetry, paint, sing, dance. Even if you write poetry that’s only ever read by you or sing words that only your ears will ever hear.

10. Be Present

A sadhana doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be as simple as lighting a candle every morning to welcome in the day and sitting in blissful silence.

I’d love to hear your sadhana ideas and results. Share in the comments below so we can all be inspired!