When I was introduced to Kundalini Yoga, an aspect I felt uncomfortable with was the use of mantra. I was reluctant to join in with the class or use mantras in my personal practice. It wasn’t until I took on the challenge to practice 40 days of chanting the Adi Shakti mantra that I experienced the amazing power of this technology.
In Kundalini Yoga, a kriya is a specific sequence of physical actions that work toward a particular outcome. Kriya practice initiates a sequence of physical and mental changes that affect the body, mind, and spirit.
Mantra is the applied use of sound to impact consciousness. Mantras can be as simple as one word phrases, and as complex and beautiful as those we find in ancient texts.
My name-mate and I would sit together and ponder the metaphors carefully to learn more about the nuances of our spiritual names and our related actions in the world. The hukam would speak in different ways about the power of the Shabad.
Each human being has an inner guru which is guiding them through time and space. This mantra is a recognition of that guru and it is humbling the ego before this internal wisdom.
Kundalini Yoga is known as the Yoga of Awareness. It is the householder’s yoga—for people who are active in the world.
I recently decided to play Gurbani Kirtan (sacred music) in the O.R. during anesthetic inductions.
The power of the mind is incredible, and without meditation it is like giving a child a high powered race car without proper instruction.
I grew up with the Aquarian Sadhana, an early morning practice that includes doing Japji, yoga and chanting. My parents would bring me down to the sadhana room all bundled up in blankets. My mother said when I was little I would always pop up out of my blankets and sing along with the chants when they started.