Disconnection from our Souls

Depression is a call from the soul to learn how to deal with the emotion of sadness. At the very core of sadness is the message that we are disconnected from our own soul. We have closed off our hearts to ourselves. To deal with sadness we must go within. Sadness is a very personal emotion. We think that events outside ourselves make us sad. But in reality, no one can make us sad but ourselves. To deal with depression requires embracing our feelings of sadness. We are sad because we are not...

Comments by Yogi Bhajan

There are two ways to go either you plan or God plans for you. Either you do it or God does it for you. If you have no patience of your own Self, you have nothing. Your trouble lies when you find your anchor outside of you. There are three things in life, which are very important - your consciousness, your caliber and your character. Trouble is like waves - they hit you. But there's nothing wrong. Trouble comes to everyone. At that time, what should you do You should go within your Self....

Feel Good

My most powerful driving force is to feel good. Almost everything I do is in one way or another related to the fact that I want to feel good all the time. This does not mean that I do, but it does mean that I do the best I can to cultivate a state of well being. Admittedly, it is a continual, lifetime task. I must be vigilant at all times. But feeling good is so important to me that it is worth all the time and effort. I do yoga everyday to feel good. And what I eat is mostly (not all)...

Opening the Heart Center

When Yogi Bhajan came to the West and Los Angeles in 1969, the strengthening and balancing of the navel point was one of the main focuses of his classes. His yogic message was that in order to get and stay in the heart center we first had to cultivate a powerful and stable base or the lower triangle. The lower triangle is the lower three chakras - root, sex and navel. The major theme of my first book Transitions of the Heart-Centered World (1988) is how to build the lower triangle as a base for...

Cultivating Awareness

Kundalini yoga is the yoga of awareness. Our goal is to cultivate greater and greater awareness of our own identity and our relationship with our body, others, our environment and the universe. The practice of Kundalini yoga opens our consciousness so we are able to receive more information and be more present and alert. Simply doing Kundalini yoga facilitates greater awareness. Optimal practice includes silent, doing nothing (passive) periods between exercises, and after tuning in (active)...

Mantra for Tuning In

ONG NA MO GURU DEV NA MO is the mantra we use in Kundalini yoga to tune us to the frequency of our higher self or inner master. We begin each practice of Kundalini yoga with this mantra. This sacred mantra opens us to our spiritual channel. It also links us to all the spiritual masters who perfected this sacred science. By establishing a link with the Masters of Kundalini yoga, we are protected as we practice this sacred technology, as well as guided in our practice. The transmission of...

Where is the Navel Center

In the very early Kundalini lessons taught by Yogi Bhajan, he said that the navel center is actually approximately 2-3 inches below the umbilicus. In these lessons, therefore, when we say navel center we are referring to a point 2-3 inches below the belly button. This is the center of energy that is the gravity balance point in the body. When we pump our navel energy or move from our navel center we are actually pumping and moving from a center where thousands of nerves come together. Each...

Getting Started

Some have mentioned that it is hard to get started. During a class in Palo Alto I encouraged everyone to practice five minutes a day and then increase their time as they could. The next week this talented artist lady (who had never practiced outside of class before, had lots of emotional issues and just couldn't get around to doing her art work because of many excuses including health problems) greeted me with her success. She had had the best week ever, felt very energized, got lots of...

Sat Nam Seed Mantra

One of the features of Kundalini yoga that makes it so powerful is that we do several things simultaneously. We (1) breathe, (2) internally chant and (3) move (4) in a particular posture or Asana. The internal chant that we mentally vibrate is SAT NAM. As we breathe, we mentally inhale SAT. As we exhale we mentally vibrate NAM. Listen to the sound Saaaaaat and Naaaam in your mind. SAT NAM is a Bij Mantra or a seed sound. Chanting Sat Nam is like planting a grain of sand in an oyster. Our truth...

When to Apply the Locks

Relaxing while holding a posture (after the exercise is completed), creates a dynamic space for movement of energy. In general, the locks are applied while holding the posture after completing a yoga exercise. This direction is not always specified. It assumed that the student will gently apply the appropriate locks to anchor in the internal effects of the asana. Rootlock or mulbhand closes the lower three chakras so that the energy cannot be lost or leaked out through the base of the spine. As...

The Biochemistry of Love

The good news is that there is something that we can consciously do to cultivate this connection. Yoga and meditation were designed to cultivate the inner connection with our soul. Meditation is medication for the soul. In a very real way meditation is a medication because it changes the biochemistry of our body and brain. All life experiences are dependent upon our biochemistry. Human consciousness is biochemical. The human psyche is an expression of biochemistry. Biochemistry makes our...

Focus and Attention

Focus and attention are important tools to achieve optimal results. While you are doing these exercises, put your attention on the part of the spine that is moving or being activated. The energy originates in the spine and flows out through the body and into the energy field. The spine is where you will feel the flow of energy. Notice which parts of the spine feel warm or even hot and where there are no feelings or numbness. This information will indicate where your energy is flowing and where...

St Chakra Identifying Needs and getting them

Finding solutions to all our human challenges is actually a question of identifying our needs and figuring out how to get them met. Security and satisfying needs are first chakra issues. Some of some our basic needs that relate to food and addictions include the following- o To feel a sense of well being I operate from the premise that we all have needs and that our lives are organized around how to get them met. We may sabotage ourselves by doing things that don't really get our needs met or...

Unconsciousness is Dangerous

Periodically we get asked if the practice of Kundalini yoga is dangerous. First, many of the people who advance this opinion are not talking about KY as taught by Yogi Bhajan. When you hear an opinion about KY investigate if the person has actually practiced KY as taught by Yogi Bhajan. They often have not and are talking about spontaneous Kundalini awakenings of someone who has never practiced KY. Second, spreading fear and negativity perpetuates the current paradigm and system. Personally, I...

Connect with your Body

The breath is the perfect tool to help us connect with our bodies. Use the breath to consciously open up energy in your body, to feel the different parts of the body and to stimulate activity. As a culture we are too often in our minds and not in our bodies. One of our goals is to use Kundalini yoga and meditation to help us re-establish a vital connection with our bodies. We are often out of our bodies because it is uncomfortable to be in them. We are going to use Kundalini yoga to cultivate...

With the Millet Tofu Diet by Devinderjit Kaur

Due to popular demand, we are sending you the first version of the Millet Diet as written up by Devinderjit Kaur or Peggy Sue of the Kundalini Yoga List. If you have any comments or suggestions please write to her directly at mcrae rockisland.com and cc me - rattanak concentric.net. This diet is specifically recommended for losing weight and for getting rid of addictions to sugar. Millet is an Earth food in the system of elements. Eating millet will thus, over time, help release the craving for...

Position Mudra

Sit in Easy Pose (or full lotus) with your upper arms resting against your ribs, slightly in from the sides. The elbows are bent, and your forearms positioned upward and slightly angled out from the upper arms. Your palms are flat, facing upward and pointed out from your body at a 45-degree angle. (to form a 45 angle point the hands are over the legs toward the knees.) The fingers are together with the thumbs stretched out towards the side away from the fingers. It is very important to stretch...

From Anger to Action

One of the reasons for following a spiritual path is our desire to be more spiritual. However, we can't be spiritual if we are filled with anger and fear. We have to clear out or transmute our anger and fear in order to make room for Spirit and Love. Anger is navel chakra energy. I like to think of navel energy in terms of anger into action. When our navel chakra is strong, we have the energy to take action and accomplish things. When it is weak, we have difficulty taking action for ourselves....

The Goal of Kundalini Yoga

The goal of Kundalini yoga and all spiritual technologies is to create a conscious connection with the Divine. Yoga means union. The union is between our physical reality and god- consciousness, universal energies and our soul. The practice of Kundalini yoga removes our blocks and resistances, raises our energy to higher frequencies and opens our awareness to expanded realities. If we train ourselves to focus our attention on our goal of union, we can facilitate our transformation. The goal of...

How to Tune In

Tuning in opens the channel in our mind that receives the highest spiritual frequencies. The mantra that we use is ONG NA MO GURU DEV NA MO. Although this mantra is used specifically for tuning in before practicing Kundalini yoga, it can be chanted at other times. You can chant it during the day, simply to reconnect with your higher self. You can do it alone as a preparation for silent meditation. Or you can chant it as a meditation for as long as you like. When I taught history and philosophy...

Earth the First Chakra and Intuition

One of the most commonly marked goals of Kundalini Yoga is to sharpen your intuition. There are many ways to do this and we will cover them over time. In this lesson, I want to give you a few pointers on how to do this by balancing and aligning with the earth element. There are five elements or tattvas - air, water, earth, fire and ether. One of the goals of yoga is to balance and integrate all five elements of our being. Practice of the techniques and postures goes a long way to achieving this...

Befriending Your Body

Experiencing unity and wholeness requires the mastery of the five elements or tattvas - earth, water, fire, air and ether. Kundalini yoga is a science designed to achieve this alignment. Each astrological sign embodies the energy of one of the first 4 elements. The energy of the element is abundantly available when the Sun is in a particular element. When the Sun is joined by other planets in that element, it is even more abundantly available. This is the time to tune into and take advantage of...

Our Inner Journey Tuning In

One of the goals of yoga is to balance the five tattvas. The tattvas are the elements that make up our human existence and indeed all life - AIR, WATER, FIRE, EARTH AND ETHER. The elements are related to the chakras. Each chakra embodies the energy of one or more elements. The astrological signs each embody the energy of one of the elements. When we work with the energies that are available at any specific time, it is easier to tune into, align with and tap the energy of that element. The...

The Path of Manifestation

Spiritual practices have traditionally focused on raising energy from lower to higher frequencies and from the lower to the higher chakras. Many spiritual disciplines concentrate only on the upper chakras and totally ignore (or try to ignore) the lower chakras. Some spiritual paths still condemn the body and the lower chakras, which they consider as bad. I knew one woman who would practice only third eye meditations. She even refused to do yoga or any practice that got her in touch with her...

World

The healing meditation done with the mantra RA MA DA SA SA SAY SO HUNG is one of the most popular mediations taught by Yogi Bhajan. This meditation can be done alone or in a group for self-healing and to heal others and the world. Those who practice this meditation participate in anchoring the healing vibration on the planet. A group of eleven students began doing this meditation at the Winter Solstice Celebration in the early seventies for Yogi Bhajan. We wanted to give back to him for all...

Opening Up to Experiences

Here are a few more comments on experiences. (1) Everyone has his or her own experiences. The more we acknowledge and appreciate our own experiences, the more we develop our own sensory awareness system. Sensory awareness is what KY is all about. One of the principal goals of this training is to guide you in expanding your awareness. (2) Change and variety are the norm in meditation. Our individual experiences vary according to our current stage of growth, what we are going through at a...

Meditation to Switch Channels and for Emotional Balance

Yogi Bhajan says that it is good to do this meditation when one is worried or upset and doesn't know what to do, or when one feels like screaming, yelling or misbehaving. This exercise will produce quick release of stress, foster emotional balance and help create a quiet space within. It will help you switch channels, or tune into the channel of peace and silence the neutral mind. Use it 1 to access the cosmic channel, 2 distinguish between the peace zone and the rational mind or conflict zone,...

The Human Sensory System

The human sensory system is going to be our greatest asset in the Aquarian Age. We can cultivate our sensory system by consciously connecting to our breath, strengthening our nervous system, activating our glandular system, balancing our emotional energies and channeling our mental energy to intuitive awareness. As we cultivate a subtle sensitivity to our being, we will experience a sense of completeness within ourselves that will give us great satisfaction. We will sense our own divinity. We...

Meditation to Connect with the Earth

Tuning into the energy of the Earth is enhanced while the Sun is in Taurus from April 19 through May 19th. Cultivating the earth element requires attention to the sensations in the body, to the feet and legs, and to the first chakra or base of the spine. Paying attention to the feeling of gravity and its pull on the body toward the Earth is very useful. The goal is to experience a heaviness that becomes a feeling of stability and stillness. Working with the root lock is a very powerful way to...

Activating the Kundalini

Each of us in our own way is charming, creative and alive. We are each born with the innate capacity to able to both master and accept our circumstances. If we use our gifts wisely we can accomplish much and achieve happiness. The human path is about learning to connect with our soul essence, tap our vital energy and discover our gifts so that we can successfully navigate our life. The Kundalini is this dormant potential in each of use. The Kundalini is the internal fire that ignites our Soul....

Nabhi Kriya Navel Power

Nabhi Kriya

A Lie on your back, arms by your side, palms down. Or hands under your buttocks to protect the small of your back. The small of the back is remain touching the floor during these exercises. Placing the hands under the buttocks helps make this possible. Inhale as you lift your right leg up to 90 deg. or perpendicular to the ground. Exhale as you lower it. Inhale raise your right leg. Exhale lower it. Continue lifting alternate legs with deep, powerful breathing. The original directions were 10...

Identity in the Lower Triangle

The basic problem with unresolved anger is that this vital energy is consumed and unavailable for living our lives and creating our dreams. Unresolved anger creates blind spots in our psyche, which results in indecision, the inability to commit and even the inability to know what we want in the first place It is my experience that when I know what I want, go for it and achieve results, I experience a sense of satisfaction in my life. I believe that this is true for all of us. It is in the lower...

From Anger to Forgiveness

For your own personal processing, I recommend a book called From Anger to Forgiveness by Earnie Larsen. It is short, concise, to the point, easy to work with and cheap only 6 . For me, one of the most interesting and liberating lessons of the book was the revelation that past anger is often disguised as problems that we do not often associate with anger-depression, having the fidgets, being secretive, feeling victimized, being a workaholic, undefined agitation and smoldering rage. I personally...