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Padma Sadhana

Usually when one thinks of a lotus, what comes to mind? A fully blossomed flower, where each petal is opening up to the sky. Now observe where does the lotus originate from? Mud. Yet, the lotus remains unstained and untouched by the pond. Imagine if we could also be like the lotus flower – untouched by day-to-day events and blossom with love and joy. Padma Sadhana is a practice that could make such blossoming possible. Designed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, this beautiful yoga practice comprises a simple sequence of yoga postures, Nadi Shodhan breathing technique (pranayama), and meditation.

Unlock your potential with Padma Sadhana

The weight loss factor!

Besides its mental and emotional benefits, the Padma Sadhana is designed for a complete body workout. The long holds in to the poses leads to a firmer body. The workout takes around 20 minutes of your time but the intensity of the workout is such that it works on the body post 20 minutes and helps to burn a few calories post the workout.

Sri Sri says doing PadmaSadhana gives you access to your inner strength. When practiced daily, this 45-minute sequence of yoga poses can lead to a calmer mind, healthier body and more peace. This set of graceful yoga asanas (postures) helps prepare the body and mind for deeper meditation. One of the key tips is to stay relaxed throughout the practice. Doing Padma Sadhana before Sudarshan Kriya enhances your experience, so that you remain uplifted throughout the day, untouched by the mud around you. 

‘Padma’ means lotus and ‘Sadhana’ is your effort. This practice should therefore be as effortless and light as a lotus. Sadhana is the gentle nudge to get on to the mat and Padma is the unfurling of your potential, layer by layer. Together, Padma Sadhana can help you blossom from within through the practice of yoga postures

5 elements for a blissful Padma Sadhana

According to the Agama tradition*, it is believed that the Devi (Goddess) sits on a five-layered seat or asana. The base of this seat is a tortoise, which represents stability. Stability alone is not enough. You need awareness also. So the second layer is the snake, which represents awareness. Awareness can lead to activity in the mind. So above the snake sits the lion, which symbolizes grace. Above the lion sits the Siddha, the perfect sage. And above the perfect sage sits the lotus, the symbol of full blossoming. When our yoga postures have all these five qualities – stability, awareness, grace, perfection and full blossoming, then the divinity dawns in us and that is Padma Sadhana. 

You can learn how to do Padma Sadhana at [The Art of Silence (Part-2) Course] and DSN Course

Make PadmaSadhana a part of your daily morning and evening yoga practice and unlock your inner energy. Read some tips on padmasadhana

*Agama tradition is the traditional form of community temple worship.


DSN : The powerful me

Divya Samaj Nirman (DSN) course was organised by Varsha Pandey at AOL centre, Buxar between 10th of April to 13th of April. Participants reported at 6:00 PM in the evening on 10th and were to left at 10:00 PM after the dinner. The participants were to report at 6:00 AM in the morning on the next 3 days (i.e. on 11th, 12th and 13th). Participants were to leave at 9:00 PM in the evening on 11th and 12th and at 2:00 PM on 13th. Arrangement for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the participants was done by AOL Buxar.

The effort of Amit Mishra, Deepak Pandey and Vineet Sarraf was really appreciable. They met too many people before the commencement of DSN to make them aware about the course.

International faculty of AOL Mr. Rajendra Singh Gandhi conducted the course. With his wonderful techniques he reached to the motive of the course. Yoga, Pranayam, Meditation and group activities were part of the course. One of The objectives of the course was to help people in discovering their own inner energy. Mr. Rajendra Gandhi aimed at building a good society, which may lead to a civilized country and a better world with the help of the course.

Below are the experience shared by few of the participants:

The first 2 days of the course were a bit boring and difficult, but the 3rd day of the course made me realise the importance of the things done during the initial 2 days. I have learnt a lot from the course and I will follow all the learning. I have understood my responsibilities and definitely it will help me in becoming much responsible in future.– Amit Mishra

The first day I met the faculty of the course, then only I was able to decide that the course is going to very different and motivational. I also discussed the same with Himanshu and on the further days I found the same. When I completed Happiness course, I thought that I have learnt a lot. Again when I completed Advance course, I felt I learnt more. After completion of DSN I have started believing that there is no limit to learn. I commit today that I will try to help much n much in development of a better society. – Dr. Raj Kumar Sinha

I feel that I have gone very creative after the course. I also feel that the level of patience in me has increased. I can feel an increased positivity after the course. – Anand Upadhya

Barrier of my mind has been broken. My heart is peaceful now. I am able to identify, what are my responsibilities towards me, my family and society. Thanks to AOL. – Sandhya Pandey

I visited Buxar for the first time. I met new people here. I found that people here are very friendly and doing activities is with them is always interesting. I learnt a lot. I have captured a lot of memories. All these happened because of DSN. Thanks to AOL and Thanks to Mr. Rajendra Gandhi. – Saket Kumar Singh

A better feeling is there in my mind after the completion of the course. I will be utilising the learning of the course in the future. I will be following the things taught here. – Sandhya Dhanraj

Problems are imagination and the solution to these is the creativity of brain. We think a lot before doing anything and work a very little in real. The same happens with me and the course DSN made me realise the same. I am really thankful to Mrs. Varsha Pandey, as she is the person who motivated me to join the course. Also Mrs. Varsha Pandey used to come for the organisation Yoga session. The session was really fruitful. I learnt something new, which is really helpful. A big credit goes to the tireless efforts of Mr. Rajendra Gandhi, who made me realise that I am unique and I have capability of achieving something different. Now I can feel that AOL is in within my heart. – Himanshu Kumar

Divya Samaj Nirman (DSN)

DSN  is a rigorous and transformational program that empowers participants to break through personal inhibitions and barriers and access inner stability and power.

We each have a deep desire to be the best we can be – for ourselves, our families, our communities and our world – but many of us have personal barriers, old habits, emotional wounds, fears and inhibitions that hold us back and keep us from fully participating in life

DSN uses a combination of yoga, powerful processes, and deep spiritual knowledge to break through barriers, empower one’s self, and allow us to fully be of service to ourselves and others.

For more info click here

Published By: AOL Team Buxar