This is a journal from an experience doing 40 days of Long Chant, for 2.5 hours each day. Day 12: This morning I chanted for 2 1/2 hours with a woman who is also a saxophone player. We had an incredible time. Matching tones perfectly, even before we heard each other, projecting from the navel, using lots of breath. At one point during the chant I burst out laughing because there was a tortoise looking at me, turning his head to see me better, just in front of my face, some kind of inter-species communication. Time passed very quickly. I zoned into the sound and became totally (almost) present with each syllable, as though surfing a wave, synchronizing with the other voice and person behind it. Engaging fully moment by moment. Feeling the tones in my body, enjoying each new sound. I had the experience that the sounds already exist; … Continued
To heal from any chronic illness, addiction or cancer, one must take stock of one’s limiting beliefs, false statements about oneself, unhealthy behaviour patterns, emotional responses to people, places and events, and lovingly release all that is in the way of total transformation. We become what we think, what we say to ourselves, what others project onto us and we accept, what we visualize and what we feel in our bodies. When we shift the way we think to honour our potential and all that we can become, when we visualize ourselves healthy and thriving, when we release the emotional blockages in our bodies and allow energy to flow freely, we create ourselves anew, and the seemingly impossible becomes possible. The vast power of the universe dwells within us. Recognize it and invite its awakening..
Insight from a Toronto Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Student: In my practice of Kundalini Yoga I often cannot complete a particular posture within a specific Kriya. I also view K-yoga as an advanced yoga and my practice level is at a beginner level. So in order for me to participate it is important to do my best (level of effort, active is crucial) so that I am actively in the process and all my systems are engaged. Once that is taking place at a physical level I ask what is the intent of this posture process etc. I imagine that I am being held in that posture by “spiritual helpers (a force greater than me)”. I open to whatever the effects are within the design of the kriya. I have found that each posture or process takes me from one state to the next. No matter how “difficult” or “easy” … Continued
The discipline of early morning sadhana is sometimes difficult to maintain. We try with will, with guilt, with habit, with group consciousness, with commitment to maintain it. I find the attitude that works best for me (as a bhakti yogi), is to think of it as a date with my soul. Recently I have been very inspired by Guru Nanak, and this morning these words of his woke me up at 3:30 a.m.: “the day of the marriage of the soul-bride with her Lord has dawned. O friends, pour the oil of love down upon the threshold, and give me all your blessings, that I may know a perfect union with my Lord. This call is being sent to all homes each day – so forget not the One who calls. O Nanak, the day is drawing near for everyone.” These lines are part of the Sikh prayer called Kirtan … Continued
Kundalini Yoga consists of a wide variety of pranayams, mantras, and kriyas that can be tailored to fit Ayurvedic constitutional types. For example, while a set that uses a lot of breath of fire or Sat Kriya may be too stimulating for SOME pitta types, another kriya that uses left nostril breathing, sitali breathing and less breath of fire can be perfect. For the pitta and vata constitutions, the relaxation breaks that are used between exercises help balance any heating effect of an exercise, so that one does not overheat. The way Kundalini Yoga is practiced can also be adjusted – a vata type can go more slowly through the exercises, a kapha type can be encouraged to push through it and pitta can be guided to relax more between exercises. In short, absolutely everyone can benefit from Kundalini Yoga, but guidance may be required to select suitable practices for … Continued
Bhakti Yoga is the yoga of devotion. It can be practiced in the following ways. 1) being with the company of saints 2) a fondness for divine stories 3) serving your spiritual teacher 4) sincerely singing God’s praises 5) repeating a Divine name of God with faith 6) practicing self-control and virtues 7) seeing God in all without distinction 8) having gratitude for all that you have and receive 9) overlooking others faults 10) being honest in dealings with others 11) unwavering faith in God.