Start Small, Do It Often
The greatest benefit of any Kundalini Yoga Kriya or Meditation will occur when you practice it daily. You can start with something for as little as 3 minutes a day, gradually increasing the time. It will be easiest if you practice at the same time each day, and designate a sacred space for your practice.
Tune In To Tune Up
In your practice always begin with Tuning In and end with the Closing Song or a Long Sat Nam, with your hands in prayer mudra.
Tuning In uses the mantra Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo, repeated 3 times, to connect with the flow of the divine creative energy within and around us, and to put the ego to the side. It also connects us to a protective lineage of teachers and guides. The translation of the mantra is I bow to the unfolding creative energy, I bow to the invisible teacher everywhere.
Closing Song: May the long time sun shine upon you, All love surround you, And the pure light within you, Guide your way on. Sat Nam.
For a more in-depth explanation and video, check out our post on how to start and end your Kundalini Yoga practice.
40 Day Challenge
Yogi Bhajan gave us a very special technology relating to habits. Every single meditation in Kundalini Yoga changes us in very specific ways. If you practice it a few times, you receive a wonderful benefit. But if you want to replace old habit patterns and realize the full effects of a meditation, practice the same one every single day for the same amount of time. Practice for a minimum of 40 days. This will break any negative habits that block you from the expansion possible through the meditation. You will rewire your mind, nervous system, and glandular system, and develop new, deeply ingrained habits that serve your highest good.
Born in Guru Ram Das ashram in Toronto, Gurushabd is a true modern yogi, and grew up in a spiritual community of Kundalini Yogis, healers, teachers, and Sikhs. She spent a year studying at a yogic boarding school in India, became certified to teach Kundalini Yoga at the age of 17, and has over a decade of teaching experience.
Gurushabd teaches welcoming classes at Lotus Yoga Centre with a graceful spirit and a deep gratitude for whoever walks through the door. When she’s not teaching, Gurushabd is directing the studio and running the business side of things. In her down time, Gurushabd can be found biking around the city, playing ultimate frisbee, meditating, and hanging out with her husband Nash.