Sodarshan Chakra Kriya is the most powerful technique in Kundalini Yoga.
It’s known as the meditation to cut through all darkness. You can use it to clear your subconscious mind, cleanse your psyche, alleviate depression, and let go of your past. I like to use it first thing in the morning as a tool to clear out all the garbage that my mind coughs up during the day. It’s like taking out the trash, or a shower for your brain. Your mind will become mentally clean and clear of the negativity, fears, judgements, and stories that it normally gets caught up in.
Sodharshan Chakra Kriya is very simple and very difficult. You’ll need to concentrate fully in order to do it correctly. To start, try it out for 11 minutes.
Watch this video of Yogi Bhajan explaining the meditation and meaning of the mantra Wahe Guru, or scroll down for full written instructions. If you are new to doing Kundalini Meditations on your own, make sure to read how to do a home practice before you begin.
Sit with a straight spine.
Look at the tip of the nose with the eyes closed 9/10ths closed.
Breath & Mantra
Block off the right nostril with the right thumb. Inhale slowly and deeply through the left nostril. Hold the breath. Mentally chant Wahe Guru 16 times, pumping the navel point 3 times with each repetition: once on Waa, once on Hey, and once on Guru (for a total of 48 pumps).
Unblock the right nostril. Place the right index finger (pinkie finger can also be used) to block off the left nostril, and exhale slowly and deeply through the right nostril.
One cycle of this breath takes about 30 seconds. Continue.
5, 11, 31 or 62 minutes.
“Start practicing slowly; the slower the better. Start with five minutes a day, and gradually build the time to either 31 or 62 minutes. Maximum time is 2-1/2 hours for practice of this meditation.” – Yogi Bhajan
Inhale, hold 5-10 seconds, exhale. Then stretch and shake every part of your body for about 1 minute, so that the energy may spread.
How it Works
Of all the 20 types of yoga, including Kundalini Yoga, this is the highest kriya. This meditation cuts through all darkness. It will give you a new start. It is the simplest kriya, but at the same time the hardest. It cuts through all barriers of the neurotic or psychotic inside-nature.
When a person is in a very bad state, techniques imposed from the outside will not work. The pressure has to be stimulated from within. The tragedy of life is when the subconscious releases garbage into the conscious mind. This kriya invokes the Kundalini to give you the necessary vitality and intuition to combat the negative effects of the subconscious mind.
Yogi Bhajan said: “When practiced 2-1/2 hours every day, it makes out of you a perfect superman. It purifies, it takes care of the human life, and brings together all 27 facets of life and makes a human perfect, saintly, successful, and qualified. This meditation also gives one the pranic power. This kriya never fails. It can give one all the inner happiness, and bring one to a state of ecstasy in life.”
Born in Guru Ram Das ashram in Toronto, Gurushabd Khalsa 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.