I’m not sure what it is like in other styles of yoga, however, in Kundalini Yoga we have one particular practice that we must complete in KYTT. We must attend 10 Aquarian Sadhanas, and do 5 at home minimum.
At first I was a little confused about Sadhana because everything seemed to be called Sadhana. Sadhana actually means “a daily spiritual practice. It is a practice of self-discipline that allows one to express the Infinite within one’s self.” according to Yogi Bhajan.
The concept of doing a two and a half hour sadhana before the sun rises comes from the Kundalini Upanshads. This is determined because what it means is that one is giving one tenth each day to ones higher consciousness and by the law of karma (everything you give you receive ten-fold) the rest of your day will be spent receiving the fruits of your practice.
The benefits of morning Sadhana are numerous:
- You develop discipline
- You learn to meditate at the same time every day, which over time becomes supported by the subconscious which then helps us
- The quiet time before sunrise is ideal for meditation: it is quiet and there is a lot of prana available
- You develop willpower, confidence, and the ability to concentrate
- We release our anxieties and fears
- Our aura shifts that reminds others of God
- The conscious mind merges with the subconscious mind
The benefits of morning Sadhana will be felt between forty days or one and a half years depending on the individual.
Morning Sadhana is a special time of day and all the actions that we take in relation to Sadhana must denote this to the subconscious mind. Thus we do certain things: We never wear the same clothes we went to bed in, but change rather into white clothing or other clean clothing. We set up the environment to create the best meditation space we can: beautiful, not too warm or cold, air circulating, preferably a sheepskin mat to meditate on and a yoga mat.
Our practice will include a kriya (yoga set) and meditation. Usually we tune in, do a meditation, do the kriya, and then meditate some more until we tune out and begin our day. It is recommended that we begin our practice at 4 AM. I’m sure that you can adjust that time if you want to match the sunrise each day, however, I prefer to just have a time and stick with it.
Aquarian Sadhana is a very particular Sadhana that Yogi Bhajan recommended all his students do in the morning until 2013. This is a set that is meant to uplift and help clear human consciousness so that the best results happen in this new age.
This Sadhana is practised as follows:
- 4 AM: The Japji Sahib is recited (the actual words to recite begin page 22)
- 4:30 AM: A kriya is completed
- 5 AM: The meditations, which are mantras and take one hour, are completed
I’ve been doing what I can for Sadhana. I received the dream as mentioned in the previous post on dreams that a Chinese man told me to do Sadhanas, and the more that I research and read about it the more I’m inspired to do it. But I’m scared too. I am really scared to make such a drastic lifestyle change to do Sadhana every morning.
I am scared because it is a huge shift in the way that I prioritize my life. I can feel my wounded ego going “NO. No! No! We will not do this. You will not minimize me! You will not make this statement!”. Each time we take an action we are making a statement to the Universe. We say with our actions what it is that is important to us and what is not important to us. Energetically this lines up what our life looks like.
I feel that that doing Sadhana everyday will do a few things. It will make me “stand-out” more in my family and friends. “It’s the weird thing that she does.” You know? Yes, I care about what other people think sometimes. I’m aware that I’m often on the weird side of consciousness for may people that I encounter.
I’m scared that I will benefit from the practice. I know, strange right? But if I benefit in the ways mentioned above, well, that’s life changing. I find myself using all sorts of excuses to not do the practice. The main one relates to one of my major fears that I have: if I become enlightened I can’t have a family.
This is a fallacy I am aware. And as I type this blog post I’m going “Oh, sh*t girl, you’ve been falling for your fears these last few weeks.” I sigh.
It’s time to make the leap.
I’ll let you know how it goes. I already know its going to be one of the toughest things I’ll do. I’m a bit of a night owl.
I’ll keep ya’ll updated.
Do you practice a morning Sadhana? How did you make the shift into your practice? How has it benefited you?