Episode: 123

Everything You Need to Know About Sadhana in Yoga with Dr. Manasa Rao

In the modern-day yoga world, a lot of terms get thrown around without having enough context resulting in people only learning surface-level knowledge of something. People then look at it from a limited perspective using their biases and the way they are conditioned.

One example of this is sadhana. In India, our cultural upbringing and conditioning is that sadhana is something that is layered into life for us. But for someone who's not from this culture, how do they build their sadhana and where do they get it from? There's really not enough depth to this topic.

That's why I'm really excited about today's conversation with Dr. Manasa Rao sharing her experience and knowledge about sadhana. Dr. Manasa Rao is practicing yoga since the year 1995. She genuinely believes that yoga is about connecting, healing, and becoming aware of a higher reality within all of us, that stretches beyond the mat.

Join us as we discover the meaning of the word sadhana, what its goal is, and its importance. We also go as far as discussing the obstacles while being in sadhana and whether we need to lean on a teacher or not to create a sadhana for us.

I really hope you get a lot of insights in this conversation as much as I did!

Sadhana In Yoga Episode Highlights:

  • What does the word sadhana mean?
  • What is the goal of yoga practitioners?
  • Does everyone who does yoga need to have a sadhana?
  • Factors to consider while building a sadhana
  • The obstacles while being in sadhana
  • Different components to building one's sadhana
  • Who creates the sadhana for you?
  • What to do if you feel stuck in your sadhana?
  • Sharing sadhana knowledge

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Dr. Manasa Rao

Dr Manasa Rao is practising yoga since the year 1995. She has done her Bachelor’s in Psychology, English literature and Communicative English under Bangalore University & Post-graduation in Media law from NALSAR, Hyderabad. She was working as a media professional till 2011 when she realised that her calling was Yoga.


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