Naturally, during the winter months we tend to want to sleep more and eat heartier foods. If we follow cues from the natural world, we see that winter is actually the time for doing less. If we are aware of the earth’s rhythms, we can tap into this yin energy and turn inward for self reflection. Yet, for many people, this kind of change can leave them feeling unproductive, without purpose, and depressed.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression usually experienced during the fall through winter months. The lack of sunlight and the cold temperatures can affect a person’s moods and overall motivation. Kundalini Yoga has many great kriyas to counter the “Winter Blues” and help a person maintain a steady level of mood and motivation throughout the winter season and beyond.
Kriya for SAD and Depression
This meditation is from the manual The Art, Science & Application of Kundalini Yoga.
In her incredible online course, Understand and Heal Pain, Anne Novak teaches that to experience true healing, you must understand the vital role that pain serves in your personal evolution. You cannot free yourself from pain without seeing the direct connection between your thoughts, emotions, and physical body. Through this process of deep self-discovery, you can permanently change your experience of pain.
Part of the process is finding balance. In the course, she shares this incredible kriya for balancing your your prana and apana. In yogic terms prana is the incoming life force and apana is the outgoing or eliminating energies. It’s important to balance what you bring into your life with what you are eliminating from your life.
Nabhi Kriya For Prana Apana Balance
Source: KRI Level 1 Instructor Yoga Manual, pg 346
Nabhi refers to the nerve plexus around the Navel Point. This kriya balances prana and apana by focusing on the 3rd Chakra at the Navel...
by Shakta Khalsa
Knowing how much good yoga does for you, you can imagine what wonderful gifts it has in store for your children! When I teach people how to share children’s yoga, it might not always look exactly like adult yoga, but the benefits are the same.
Here are just a few of the great benefits of using yoga with children:
1. Emotional Heath:
Your child becomes more aware of how they feel. Through the yoga, breath, and relaxation, they discover how they can work through feelings into a more positive space.
2. Physical health and wellbeing:
Your child gets up off the couch, away from the desk and moves his or her body instead of moving fingers over a keyboard or phone!
3. Brain Tune-up:
Kundalini yoga has so many brain-balancing exercises that activate meridian points to wake up the brain for a more whole brain effect. This translates into clarity, ability to learn and understand academics, good physical and mental coordination.
And the biggest benefit of...
January is the perfect time for detoxifying the body, mind, and spirit! With winter upon us, our bodies are naturally slowing down, and perhaps we indulged a bit too much over the holidays! We can start to cleanse and rebuild with Kundalini Yoga kriyas & meditations.
For detoxifying, we love this kriya, and recommend practicing this one for at least 40 days!
Kundalini Yoga: Kriya for Detoxification
We detoxify continuously throughout life. We process food, thoughts, and all forms of energy. When that flow is continuous and clear, we are steady and flexible. The trouble is that we accumulate more than we process. We become weighted down under the ash of metabolism and the remnants of old emotions. This set systematically moves the energy of the body and mind to keep you light and vitalized. ~ Gurucharan Singh Khalsa
1. Lie down on your back with your legs straight. Your heels are together and your toes point upward. Keeping your heels together, spread your...
by Jenni Sells
Our ability to connect from our hearts with compassion and to empathize with what others are going through is part of what makes us human. Difficult times are much more manageable when we have loved ones around that have compassion for what we are experiencing.
As busy as life can be, and as infuriating as some circumstances are these days, it is easy to get cynical. Sometimes it feels impossible to keep our hearts open under the weight of the world’s problems. It’s easier to shut down, to turn off the part of us that feels so deeply all the pain and anguish.
Rather than approaching people who are struggling from a place of compassion, we might start to believe that people are going through a hard time because they brought it on themselves, or because of their karma, or because of bad decisions that they made. We might also start to believe that there is nothing we can do to help. But tolerance for other people’s differences, that compassion for...
by Julie Eisenberg
For yoga beginners, you may find that some of the asanas (postures) that are taught in your yoga class may be much more challenging than you had expected. Over time, a consistent yoga practice provides many benefits, including reducing tension, lowering blood pressure, heightening relaxation, and more. However, as you begin your yoga practice, the classes may be confusing or even stressful as you do your best to keep up.
One of the great things about yoga is that the practice can always be modified to help you benefit as much as possible, even if you can’t twist your body into a pretzel. For yoga beginners or for anyone who is dealing with a physical challenge or limitation, there are many ways to make your yoga class more accessible by modifying postures to meet your needs.
Here are a few basic ground rules for modifications.
1. Be proactive. In many cases, the teacher will ask the class before it starts if...
by Cate Bailey
My energy tends to wane around 4pm everyday, and I know I’m not alone in this. I’ve figured out that just as I need to eat several times a day to stay energized, I need to move and do yoga throughout the day to maintain my energy. If I don’t want to yawn as I greet my children coming home from school, then I need some afternoon asana. The problem is time. There’s always so much to do — laundry to fold, food to prepare, dishes to wash, appointments to be made, bills to be paid, blogs to write — that self-care doesn’t feel like a priority. But, I have to remind myself, it is a priority! And it doesn’t have to take a lot of time. You can transform how you feel in just 3 minutes. Here are 5 quick Kundalini techniques to help you get over that afternoon slump. Choose one and feel the difference for the rest of your day!
1. Energy Boost Breath – This breath is a great blast of energy for when you’re really,...
by Cate Bailey
When we’re tired, overcome with a feeling of heaviness and lethargy, we often reach for a cup of coffee or a piece of chocolate — a pick me up. But the truth is, you don’t need to “borrow” energy. Instead, you can use yogic techniques to rejuvenate. By increasing circulation and stimulating the chakras, you can invigorate yourself without the calories. Here are 5 Kundalini Yoga poses for boosting your energy. Give them a try!
1. Stretch Pose is a fantastic Kundalini yoga pose that will leave you feeling transformed after just one minute of practice. A workout for the abdominal muscles, stretch pose activates the navel chakra. Begin by lying on your back and lifting the legs six inches off the floor. Then, raise your head off the mat. Keeping your eyes open, look straight at your toes and perform breath of fire for one minute. Be sure to take a few moments lying on your back afterward to experience the...
This is Your Brain on Yoga:
12 Scientifically Proven Ways Yoga & Meditation Help Nourish The Body, Brain, and Spirit
An easy, low cost, natural practice can help boost brain power and make us healthier and more spiritually attuned as we age. It can also bring happiness, improve our quality of life, and reduce some of the staggering health costs of our time.
Curious what that practice is?
For the past 20 years, the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF) has organized, helped design, and funded innovative research on a simple 12-minute singing yoga meditation called Kirtan Kriya. This work has specifically focused on reducing risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and the enhancement of total brain fitness. To determine the benefits, these studies included well-recognized methods to measure aspects of brain health and brain scans such as SPECT and fMRI, as well as sophisticated memory and blood tests.
What are the results so far? What are the...