Meditation has been growing in mainstream popularity for years. Yoga studios around the country are encountering more people who are interested in exercising their minds as well as their bodies.
This got me thinking about Kundalini Yoga, which incorporates meditation right into the practice. Many yoga manuals include a hefty selection of meditations for different purposes, and I can always find something that I need. Here are 3 of my current favorite Kundalini yoga meditations for when I need a quick, profound shift in energy, and where you can find them.
Grace of God Meditation:
This meditation is practically essential for all women. It tunes your into the Adi Shakti, the Divine Mother, and it’s said that if it’s practiced for one year, a woman’s aura will become tipped with gold or silver. In a world where many women are constantly pulled in all directions, taking some time each day to connect with our inner grace and dignity can help to steady our ship. Practice this meditation twice a day and watch what happens! Men, you can practice too. Just say “I am in the Grace of God” when mentally reciting the mantra.
Silent Mul Mantra Meditation
This meditation appears simple on the surface, but packs a lot in to just a few minutes. It works with four parts of the breath (inhale, retention, exhale, retention), using the Mul Mantra to steady the mind. It can be practiced for as little as three minutes, so there’s always time to fit it into your day. You can find this meditation, and many others, in Transitions to a Heart Centered World by Gururattan Kaur Khalsa, PhD
Build Your Own Power of Excellence
This is another breath-focused meditation that can be practiced in a short amount of time. Using a quick and powerful inhalation and exhalation, this meditation helps to build up our internal power. Yogi Bhajan said that it “affects the pituitary in a very polite, but very direct way.” If you’re feeling a little overstretched or mentally frazzled, this is a great technique to use to reconnect with your inner excellence. You can find it in Praana Praanee Praanayam by Harijot Kaur Khalsa.