Simple enough, right? Not so much. Often we find ourselves in relationships (contracts) that either stop and start, go on longer then they ‘should’ or similar relations repeat with different people. Why is this? Because spiritual contacts do not end until our Soul learns and grows from them. So ask yourself next time you’re questioning your involvement with someone, “What is my Soul learning here?” If you’re not sure, what can you do to discover more clarity?
My best friend and I had this conversation the other day and it came up again in an Introduction to Kundalini Yoga Workshop days later. Coincidence? I think not. Often our lower three Chakras become out of balance or even depleted. As householders in society, often shifts take place whether it’s a relationship, job, perspective, whatever! These changes effect the energy in our body and certainly play a role in our behavior. To give further insight of this energy in terms of chakras (energy centers in the body) our root chakra is our foundation- home, boyfriend/husband, etc. Our sacral chakra is our creative energy and sexual emotion. Our Solar Plexus is our power and inner strength from our core. When these lower chakras are out of balance we reach outside ourselves for happiness- i.e., a man/woman particularly someone who’s not necessarily going to grow spiritually with us. SO what do we do?
SAT KRIYA: Not only does Sat Kriya heal and regenerate every organ and cell in your body but it moves the kundalini energy upward along your spine. This Kriya heals mental and psychological imbalances- deep work! Continue reading for directions on how to perform this kriya below.
1) Sit on your heels in Rock Pose (Vajrasana).
(Alternate: Rock Pose is the preferred posture but if you are unable to sit in Rock Pose, you may sit in Easy Pose.)
2) Stretch your arms above your head so that they are perfectly straight, no bend in the elbows, upper arms hugging your ears.
3) Interlace your fingers and extend your index fingers, pointing upward.
(Advanced students: If you’re not a drinker or smoker and have never taken drugs, you may try extending all the fingers and placing the palms flat against each other.)
4) Close the eyes and roll them up to the Brow Point.
5) Inhale slightly to begin.
1) Powerfully chant Sat, squeezing the navel back towards the spine.
2) Chant Nam as you relax and release the belly (breath will come naturally).
3) Repeat: Squeezing the navel in on Sat; releasing on Nam.Squeeze, release. Squeeze, release. Keep going at a moderate pace.
1) Inhale deeply and, with the breath held in, squeeze the Root Lock. Draw the energy up your spine to the top of your head and even to the tips of your fingers. Hold about 8 to 10 seconds. Exhale.
2) Repeat: Inhale deeply, hold, squeeze, then exhale.
3) Inhale deeply and then exhale completely out, apply the Root Lock and also the Neck Lock. Hold a few seconds and then release everything.
4) Lie down on your back in Corpse Pose (arms at sides, palms facing up). Deeply relax for the same amount of time that you did the exercise.
One minute is good for beginners to get the hang of things. Three minutes is a good starting point for regular practice. Gradually work up to 7, 11, 22, or 31 minutes in one sitting. By the time you reach 31 minutes, you’re in self-mastery territory! And some lucky folks do Sat Kriya for 62 minutes!