There is a saying in yogic sciences ‘Your habits define you’ and there’s nothing more beneficial and proven in that of waking up early, getting to your mat or sheepskin and doing a kriya and/or meditation.
Sadhana literally means a disciplined and dedicated practice or learning.
For me it means to get up in the quiet (and usually dark), when everyone else is sleeping, all is calm, including the birds outside. Light a candle and be present in whatever recitation, movement or mantra I have chosen. I spend that quality time with myself before I do anything else.
Sadhana is done early in the morning, in the Amrit Vela the ambrosial hours are best. Around 2 and half hours before dawn, before the rising of the sun. It is quiet and energetically speaking there is balance, it is harmonious and there is a higher concentration of pranic energy.
I then go on to read affirmations and paint before breakfast if it’s a day off (both those things, done daily can also be a Sadhana as a tool for expanding yourself).
‘Sadhana means any practice of self correction that provides the mind and body with a disciplined channel to express the infinite within one’s self. It’s a practice that resets your cycles and patterns to the rhythm of your ultimate aims. It’s a time each day to notice all the negative habits that lead you away from higher consciousness and to eliminate the desires underlying those habits one by one’. This is a conscious activity’ – Guidelines for Sadhana
Yogi Bhajan gave specific technology relating to habits, and every kriya and meditation changes us in specific incredible ways.
If you do a kriya or mantra everyday, for the same amount of time based on the number of days you do it your habits will changes. 40 days of practice will break any negative habits that block you from expansion, you can read more about it here and here.
Links to about 40 day Sadhanas I’ve completed since Jan 2016 – Present day
Sat Kriya Workout and Kirtan Kriya – ongoing!