Passionately devoted to yoga and with an aim to improve the overall quality of life, Sandra began practicing  Hatha Yoga in 1991 under the instruction and guidance of Lilian Bianchi.  In 1997, Sandra completed a year long, live-in, Yoga Development Course at Yasodhara Ashram, (near Kootenay Bay, BC) with further studies in the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga and Kundalini Yoga (For the West) as taught by Swami Sivananda Radha. Shortly after Sandra returned to Vancouver, she resumed her training in yoga, this time completing with  Sandra Sammartino as well as with The Outreach Yoga Program.

Sandra has also trained extensively in North Wales, UK in the Dru Yoga style.

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Sandra has studied Sanskrit, the language of yoga, at UBC w/ Prof. Thomas Hunter.

The following From Wikipedia, On Sādhanā  from the historian N. Bhattacharyya whose working definition of the benefits of sādhanā as follows:

Sādhanā, which both prevents an excess of worldliness and molds the mind and disposition (bhāva) into a form which develops the knowledge of dispassion and non-attachment. Sādhanā is a means whereby bondage becomes liberation.

B.K.S.Iyengar (1993: p. 22) in his English translation of and commentary to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali defines sādhanā in relation to abhyāsa and kriyā:

Sādhanā is a discipline undertaken in the pursuit of a goal. Abhyāsa is repeated practice performed with observation and reflection. Kriyā, or action, also implies perfect execution with study and investigation. Therefore, sādhanā, abhyāsa, and kriyā all mean one and the same thing. A sādhaka, or practitioner, is one who skillfully applies...mind and intelligence in practice towards a spiritual goal.

Sandra's musical project  is 'Give Peace a Chant' since 2001

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OM Shantih (ALL PEACE)