Savitree and I have been chanting together on Thanksgiving mornings since I started taking her Kundalini Yoga classes in 2007. She hosted an annual Thanksgiving Sadhana in Evanston and as a student I found it to be a perfect way to start the day… chanting, gratitude, community all before jumping into the hustle and bustle of food prep, family time and football.
Urban Yoga Chicago has carried on this tradition over the years with last year being our first Thanksgiving Sadhana in our UYC home. We planned to offer my 6am yoga class followed by an hour of chanting the mantras of Aquarian Sadhana with our community, but the universe had other plans.
offered kind words, healing touch and supportive energy. Maureen gave me Reiki, 5 year old Lukie lent me his teddy, Larry told jokes and Nancy, our resident Occupational Therapist used her training and skill to get me on my feet. Sait wrapped me in a blanket and gingerly drove me to the Emergency Room and I received phone calls and text messages from everyone throughout the day and weekend making sure I was on the mend. While it wasn’t what we planned, it was a touching experience and I will always remember how blessed I am to be part of such a kind and caring community.
This year, we will be back to chant the sadhana mantras at 7am on Thanksgiving morning, November 26. Yogi Tea and refreshments will be provided, please bring some fruit or snack to share. Friends, family and children are always welcome. Thanksgiving Sadhana is a sweet way to experience this beautiful community and chant the sadhana mantras without getting up at 4am (which is pretty cool too!).
Kundalini Yoga Quotes:
“I’d never felt anything like it; it was just an opening of energy and a feeling of such liberation.” -Marika Bethel, owner, Glowing House