The New York Times recently ran an article about people’s increasing interest in meditation. Yoga studios around the country are encountering more people who are interested in exercising their minds as well as their bodies, and meditation classes are becoming much more popular. This got me thinking about Kundalini yoga, which builds meditation right into the practice. Many yoga manuals include a hefty selection of meditations for different purposes, and I can always find something that I need. Here are 3 of my current favorite Kundalini yoga meditations for when I need a quick, profound shift in energy, and where you can find them.
Silent Mul Mantra Meditation:
This meditation appears simple on the surface, but packs a lot in to just a few minutes. It works with 4 parts of the breath (inhale, retention, exhale, retention), using the Mul Mantra to steady the mind. It can be done as short as 3 minutes, so there is always time to meditate! You can find this meditation (and MANY others) in Transitions to a Heart Centered World by Gururattan Kaur Khalsa, PhD
Grace of God Meditation:
This meditation is practically essential for all women. It tunes women into the Adi Shakti, and it is said that if it is practiced for 1 year a woman’s aura will become tipped with gold or silver. In a world where many women feel constantly pulled in all directions, taking some time each day to connect with our inner grace and dignity can help to steady us. Do this meditation twice a day and watch what happens! Men, you can practice too. Just say “I am in the Grace of God” when mentally reciting the mantra.
The manual I Am A Woman contains a wonderful explanation of this meditation, alongside many excellent kriyas and practices to support a woman’s life.
Build Your Own Power of Excellence:
This is another breath-related meditation that can be done in a short amount of time. Using a quick and powerful inhalation and exhalation, this meditation helps to build up our internal power. Yogi Bhajan said that it “affects the pituitary in a very polite, but very direct way.” If you are feeling a little overstretched or mentally frazzled, this is a great meditation to use to reconnect with your inner excellence. You can find it in Praana Praanee Praanayam by Harijot Kaur Khalsa.
Courtesy of Spirit Voyage.