I started practicing Kundalini yoga many years ago. A Kundalini practice involves breathwork, yoga, relaxation and meditation. One of the things I enjoy most are the meditations. It’s not always fun and easy, but I enjoy the after-effects. I feel calmer, happier, and more accepting of life when I practice daily
In Kundalini yoga there are thousands of meditations to choose from. Every other Friday, from October 28 through December 23, we’ll explore a different meditation in our class.
I’m excited to begin on October 28 with a meditation called Kirtan Kriya. This particular meditation was included in a pilot study of yogic meditation for family dementia caregivers with depressive symptoms, and it’s been shown to lower levels of depressive symptoms and improve mental health and cognitive functioning. (You can geek out on the details here, if you’re into that stuff.) The Kirtan Kriya meditation also promotes total mental balance, works through insecurities and fear, and creates a neutral mind.
I don’t get too impressed with studies and research about whether or not yoga and meditation work. I would rather practice and experience it for myself. Sometime ago I practiced Kirtan Kriya meditation. At the time I had a three-year-old and a newborn who was nursing every 2 hours. My husband was at work all day and I had no other help. I was exhausted, depleted, and depressed.
I reached out to a friend for guidance and she asked me how my practice was going. I was like “Lady, what practice? I don’t even have time to go to the bathroom!” But she was right. I hadn’t been keeping up with my daily practice.
Kundalini yoga was my go-to and had always helped me in the past. I finally decided to get my butt on the mat and start practicing. During this time, it wasn’t unusual to have one baby crying (okay, screaming) for my attention and the other on top of my head. I knew as long as they were feed, clean and safe that I had to keep going.
I did it for myself, and so I could give my family the best possible version of me. After a couple of days I started to feel better. Over the next several months, I was happier and healthier.
I have dedicated my time to other meditations before and after Kirtan Kriya, but this one definitely stands out because it transformed me quickly and brought a new positive outlook for my life.
Join me on October 28 at 7pm to try Kirtan Kriya. You can register online right here, and get started on the new, best version of you.