365 Days of Yoga

Rising before the sun in the ‘Amrit Vela’ (hours of morning nectar) to practice Kundalini Yoga and Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan is something the Yogi’s have been doing for over 5,000 years. Spiritual practitioners (monks) and devotees all over the world know this feels like the hour when God is closest to man.  It could be merely a physics thing.  Maybe the angle of the sun via the earth and the gravitational pull creates some sort of anomaly; or, maybe this is when God’s calling plan is the cheapest. Anyway it’s called Sadhana from the ancient Sanskrit word meaning daily yoga and meditation practice.  Monastical orders call it Matins or Lauds. You can call it prayer.

What ever it’s called my intention is to rise every day for one year and I’m inviting others to join me.

What inspired this crazy decision?  It doesn’t matter whether it is the ravings from lack of sleep or my answer to the call of my soul.  All that matters is that I have chosen to do it and wonder if anyone else will commit to try it with me.

How to do it

Ideally you would rise by 4am, or before the sun rises over the horizon, and be prepared to practice 50 minutes of yoga. In the Kundalini Yoga tradition we also read Japji (sacred words spoken by the Guru’s past) before beginning the yoga.   Chant Ong Namo, Guru Dev Namo (I bow to the infinite creator within myself) three or four times. Do a yoga set of your choice.  Relax for 11 minutes.  Then chant 7 different mantras for approximately one hour.  CD’s of this music can be found at SpiritVoyage.com under the heading Sadhana. Or, you can choose to do anything that is sacred to you.

The Aquarian Sadhana Chants, given specifically by Yogi Bhajan to facilitate our transition to the Aquarian Age in 2012, are:

Long Ek Ong Kars (7 min), Wah Yantee (7 min), Mool Mantra (7 min), Sat Siri Siri Akaal (7 min), Rakhe Rakhanhar (7 min), Wahe Guru Wahe Jio (22 min), Guru Ram Das (5 min)

End with Long Time Sun

Enjoy your day!

Today is day 34.

Yesterday I was caught in a very stressful situation.  I was scheduled to meet a brand new teacher before her class, to welcome her, show her around, explain our procedures, and so on.  The time for me to meet her came and went while I waited at the Franklin High School fields for my son’s coach to release the team from practice.  I could not call her because I left my cell phone at home plugged into its charger. The miracle here is that I did not feel distressed, worried, or one bit anxious.  Honestly, my pulse did not rise in the slightest.  By the time my son arrived at the car, thirty-five minutes later than expected, I was able to greet him just as if he was on time.  I drove back to my yoga studio calmly and feeling fully contained. By the way, my entire day was filled with a few moments like this one and I responded to each and every one of them with a cool head and a relaxed demeanor.

Such are the miracles of regular yoga and meditation.  I’m fantasizing about what my mind, body, spirit will feel like by day 365.

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9 thoughts on “365 Days of Yoga”

  1. YOU are an inspiration. I pick up your challenge and starting tomorrow I too shall start at least waking up earlier and meditating. Not saying where the meditation may be held, but hey, it’s a start for now.

    • Yahoo! Knowing you are doing it too will help me to get myself out of bed – that’s the hardest part – just getting the feet from under the cozy covers to the floor.

  2. Michael Mason said:

    Sat Nam Kaye
    Thanks for planting the seed. I’ve been telling myself to get back to Sadhana for some time now. I’ve never been too successful in practicing it at home. I’ve always found it easier to go to GB and trade a little drive time for prep time. Thanks again for the inspiration…

    Michael

  3. Sadhana. Do you have any suggestions for making this a more powerful experience? All the ones I’ve done I feel so asleep or cranky and cold… are some people meant not to do it?

    Dave

    • I make sure I dress warm and I bring a blanket. Usually you’ll see the yogis with a shawl covering shoulders and back. If you do some yoga movement before you chant it will help, even if it’s just spinal flex, spinal twist, and down dog. Breath of fire is a good body warmer and of course nothing beats three minutes of Sat Kriya. We will be doing 4am Sadhana in Franklin on Mondays and Thursdays and the Millis Ashram has someone leading Sadhana every day. Practicing with a group helps. The sleepiness is a typical reaction. It is not uncommon to see people actually laying down and sleeping during some of the chanting.

  4. Thanks!

  5. fatehbir Kaur said:

    Sat Nam!!
    How inspirational!! I just completed my first module of the Level 2 training….The Mind and Meditation..
    We have a number of both 40 and 90 day meditation assignments in order to fulfill course requirements…….I am 32 days into one of them, and wrapping up my second week of 37 1/2 minutes of Long Ek Ong Kaurs……….which I do in the early morning, but after sunrise……they have been so powerful and transformative!!
    Reading about your 365 day Sadhana committment is inspiring me to reach for more…..to work toward arising before the sun and lengthening my practice to a full 2 hour and 40 minute predawn committment…
    Thank you so much for sharing this…….and helping to elevate all who walk the path along with you!! ♥♥ Love and Light……Fatehbir Kaur from Florida

    • Thank you for your kind feedback! I love Long Eks. and truly believe they are one of the most healing of our mantras they way they are chanting. Mmmm…good! Blessings to you on your yoga journey!

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