Societal Service

2016 will allow Sadhana USA to continue to offer service learning day camps during Holiday and Summer Breaks from school.  Our summer day camps focus nearly half of the day serving other organizations in our community like Joys House, DaySpring Shelter, Hope Haven Horse Farm, Gleanors, Peace Learning Center. Spending time with your peers serving those in need has a positive effect on not only the community but each child serving.  Practicing Societal Service routinely changes the concept of serving because I have to to serving because I want to!  Whether it is brightening the day of adults with mental handicaps or role modeling fitness and discipline to other youth battling homlessness, our members are impacting the community every day. 

Somatic Skills

Over 50% of the time spent with Sadhana USA youth members involves fitness.  These are our largest classes and offer fitness to youth K-12. With childhood obesity on a dramatic rise, Sadhana USA is committed to providing low cost solutions to busy families wanting their children to be more active.  Strength and Speed workouts are designed to work core muscles, endurance, and agility, all things needed to be a healthy and active child or adult.  Wether a child is an aspiring athlete or a young person wanting to be more fit, a Somatic Skills workout will deliver increased flexibility, mental toughness, and balance while gaining confidence that permeates all aspects of their life.  See our some of our Classes at Sadhana Studios website for specific details


Stimulate Spirituality

Spirituality can mean many things to many people, Sadhana USA embraces this diversity!  Our programs nurture the core values of love, compassion, persistence, enthusiam, tolerance and forgiveness. Spend time with Sadhana USA; doing meditative breathing, serving the vulnerable, appreciating the beauty of nature and reflecting on the interconnected aspects of life. Calm your ego and increasing the volume of your spiritual channel. As we all walk a spiritual path designed to help us become the best version of our selves!

Supplement Scholastics

Sadhana USA members are a blend of private and public school students.  Therefore it is understood that they are receiving traditional instruction on reading, writing, and arithmetic.  Sadhana USA facilities can be utilized to offer specialized tutoring and peer mentoring to facilitate the success of our members in their classrooms.  As the agenda of schools evolve and budgets are reallocated, often good enrichment opportunities are being removed from the normal school day.  Areas like music, science, history and art are often not able to be fully explored because of time and or budget restraints.  Sadhana USA can help member families by supplementing the scholastic experience with additional programming.  These include trips to museums, lectures by experts in their field of study, video presentations, creative activities, and development of critical thinking skills as our members explore their own world. 

Sadhana USA is a non-profit organization founded in Indianapolis, Indiana that provides guided and balanced out-of-school activities at facilities where children from kindergarten through senior high school can develop new skills via physical activity, self-awareness, community service engagement and new approaches to learning and achieving our dreams, while having some fun in the process.

What is in the name?

Sadhana is an ancient Sanskrit term used in many eastern traditions.  Pronounced like Madonna with an “S” it means: Disciplined, ego-transcending life long spiritual practice with the goal of becoming the best person you can!.

The Problem

Modern society moves fast, and seems to speed up from one generation to the next. As technology “liberates” us from some mundane chores, the fast food restaurant may represent the direction our country is headed: short stops that seem cheap and convenient but are costly on many levels. People wake up early, skip breakfast and race to a day of multi-tasking, hit the drive-through for a quick bite, and run errands before heading to stores or home to TV and a little family time. Self-awareness and service to others is taking a back seat to consumerism and selfishness, with far-reaching negative impacts. So as people face their careers, responsibilities and complexities of life, it can be difficult to reflect, nurture, restore or deepen their relationships with others, or boost their own health, confidence and spirit, and their own sense of God. Also, research has shown that children may overcome serious problems in their personal life if there is one solid mentor who offers love, empathy and psychological shelter to that child. In cases where children are in trouble at home or in the school, Sadhana USA hopes to ameliorate unfortunate personal settings and experiences, as well as the angst, confusion and adjustment challenges common to adolescents and teens. 

Certainly, it is our children who bear the brunt of this lifestyle. Media packages life into convenient sound bites and pound them with millions of messages to look, buy or become rich and beautiful—a thin person, a model, a sports icon, a movie star, a millionaire. Meanwhile, their lives are becoming sedentary. Virtual reality is more accessible than a neighborhood game of kickball. Childhood obesity is on a scary upward trajectory, yet most adults don’t have the time or knowledge to role-model proper exercise and diet habits. Traditional family structures are also changing, where a rise in divorce, where parents have long days or distances from work, and single parents or guardians who are often short on time, money or energy to adequately enrich their children’s lives. Economic factors continue to challenge parents to work longer and harder, sacrificing precious time with their children. And quality after-school, weekend or holiday programs are often too expensive for families who have other priorities for their paychecks.

Our Solution

Sadhana USA facilities are dynamic volunteer-enhanced communities where children are provided with caring and affordable programs that augment their teachers, family members, coaches, and mentors. Our circuit-based training program is designed to stimulate each child’s body, mind and spirit individually and as a group. Our goal is to reduce TV and computer time, nervous energy and insecurity, and egocentric thinking by increasing physical exercise, interpersonal skills, connection to nature, contemplation and understanding of our interlocking world and human nature, where helping others along with self-development becomes a gratification as well as a chosen responsibility. We achieve this goal by offering instruction and engagement of a healthy lifestyle in four key areas:

Somatic Skills:  Core fitness, speed and agility training

Spiritual Awareness: Increase contemplation of values and one’s own sense of God

Societal Service: Expanding horizons with service learning

Supplemental Scholastics: Critical thinking, peer mentoring and enrichment

In short, Sadhana USA instructors, members and volunteers help both parents and children to become the best version of themselves, while understanding the benefits of being part of a supportive community.