By Hari Kaur
What Is Healing?
Healing, from the perspective of Kundalini Yoga, is different from curing. Curing is removing the illness, problem, or issue. Healing means to make whole. A person who is healed may also have an illness or disease.
When your body is in rhythm with infinite consciousness, there is health, or ease. When this rhythm is lost, there is dis-ease. Understanding the art of healing in this way allows you to feel liberated and whole throughout your life, even as you encounter times of both conventional health and illness.
How does your yoga practice heal?
Each Kundalini Yoga session or class involves practices that touch all aspects of your being.
- Tuning in stimulates your mind and spirit to align with your intentions and practice as well as supporting you with the wisdom of the Masters.
- The physical exercise helps bring energy—prana—to your body. The rhythmic exercise and synchronization of body, breath, and mind (chanting Sat on every inhale and Nam on every exhale) brings you to a still point of focus and clarity.
- Each kriya is a complete action—each sequence of posture, breath, and sound (mantra) is integrated to allow the manifestation of a particular healing state in which you become aligned with your personal inner truth and the Infinite truth. Some kriyas are simple, one exercise only. Other kriyas are more complex and involve many exercises.
- Relaxation brings rejuvenation to your body and mind.
- Meditation brings clarity and self-realization.
- Projection for peace and healing is uplifting.
As a result of practicing Kundalini Yoga in this systemized way, you bring healing—wholeness to each yoga session.
Approach your practice with sacredness and simplicity. Practice what is helpful to you in your life. What is helpful is also healing. At times of challenge, you may feel lost. In reality, you have an inner truth that can guide you—you already know what you need and where you need to go to realize your destiny. Your yoga practice can be a compass, indicating true north—your destiny, pointing you in the right direction.
Questions for Growth
- What does healing mean to you?
- Meditate on the areas of your life that need healing. When life brings pain or disappointment, what is your most immediate response? How would you adjust your response so you feel more empowered and relaxed, even during challenging times? (You can also direct your healing intentions for anyone you know who needs help.)
- What stops you from realizing your dreams, from standing up for yourself and your values?
- What areas of your life trigger your most negative sensations, either physical or emotional? What steps can you take to heal yourself so that events or situations in your life do not negatively affect your physical, mental, or spiritual well-being?
- Choose a yoga set or meditation that will help you heal. Commit to practicing it for 40 days. The repetition of the kriya or meditation gives you a deeper experience of the benefits of the practice. Choose something simple and helpful to you.
Hari Kaur Khalsa directs and teaches Kundalini Classes and Teacher Trainings, Level 1 and Level 2, in the US and abroad. Hari is co-author of “A Woman’s Book of Yoga: Embracing Our Natural Life Cycles” (Penguin 2002) and author of “A Woman’s Book of Meditation: Discovering the Power of a Peaceful Mind” (Penguin 2006). Hari and husband Dave Frank - world renowned Jazz pianist and educator just this year founded Hari NYC - a loft space dedicated to yoga and music. Hari is the former Director of Education and Training of Golden Bridge NYC (2007-2009). Prior to that Hari taught classes and training programs to all ages and levels. She shared Kundalini in high schools, taught specialized classes in area Boston hospitals, founded the Illumined Woman courses that highlight the Kundalini yoga practices and teachings for women at all stages of life including pregnancy, taught classes focused on creativity and the arts at Berklee College of Music, and more. For 10 years she taught for Yogi Bhajan, co-directing his Level One Teacher Trainings in New Mexico and India. Hari is a caring, inspiring, and down to earth teacher, making the powerful and healing teachings of Kundalini Y as taught by Yogi Bhajan accessible to students of all levels. Inspired by years of study with Yogi Bhajan, Hari continues to serve all who come with smiles, and spirit. www.HariNYC.com www.DaveFrankJazz.com
Originally published in Aquarian Times, Spring 2004