Many students practice Kundalini Yoga and Meditation because they are looking for a change in their lives. Frequently the goal is to reduce stress or to increase health. Sometimes, the desired transformation is to overcome an emotional block, or to recover from an upsetting incident like a break-up. Whatever your reason is for practicing Kundalini Yoga, the power of transformation is always part of it.
How does this transformation work? Kundalini Yoga works directly on the mind. The mind has many parts, and if these different parts aren’t synchronized correctly, we get caught up in entanglements of the mind. In other words, when the subconscious interacts with conscious thoughts, the result is what Yogi Bhajan referred to as “intrigues”. Intrigues form the basis of most of our self-defeating patterns, which tend to repeat themselves again and again in our lives. But through a regular practice of meditation, we can re-wire our brains so that these intrigues begin to dissolve. This is how we begin to transform.
In the book The Mind, Yogi Bhajan wrote extensively about mental intrigues. The mind is in constant motion, and it sometimes tries to convince you of things that aren’t in your best interest. Your mind may tell you that you’re not worthy or capable of something, for example. The mind may create a sense of guilt when you act on a bad thought (that it created) or make you feel limited in terms of what you can achieve. But you have a choice as to how you project your mind! You can turn off these mental intrigues.
Your mind has a negative mind and a positive mind. These are both important for our functioning, providing us both protection and expansiveness. If one is too strong or too weak, we may find ourselves floundering. If we can balance the positive and negative minds, and come to the neutral mind, we can begin to let go of many of our intrigues. Through Kundalini yoga and meditation, we can train our mind to come to the neutral, and to align with our soul. This is how transformation occurs.
But how do you train the mind? Kundalini yoga offers thousands of different meditations to choose from. Figure out what it is you want to work on, choose a meditation, and stick with it. A consistent practice of Kundalini yoga is key. Yogi Bhajan taught us that it takes 40 days to change a habit and 90 days to confirm that habit. In 120 days, the new habit is who you are. So commit to doing your chosen meditation for 40, 90, or even 120 days.
One of my favorite meditations for transformation is the Laya Yoga Meditation. Come into any comfortable seated position. Pull your root lock as you chant Ek Ong Kar-Uh Sat Nam-Uh Siri Wa-uh-he Guru, and envision the energy spiraling up the spine. At the end of each cycle of the mantra, release the lock and the energy rushes back down to its starting point at the base of the spine. This meditation works on the positive mind, and gives you an expanded sense of self, allowing you to break through self-doubt and limiting intrigues.
Another great meditation, this one to balance the negative mind, is to simply sit with a straight spine with hands in gian mudra (thumb and forefinger touching). Focus at the brow point and chant Gobinday, Mukanday, Udaaray, Apaaray, Hareeang, Kareeang, Nirnaamay, Akaamay. Inhale and chant each round on one breath, pulling your root lock in tighter and tighter with each phrase. Exhale and continue. With a consistent practice of this meditation, you will learn to align with your real purpose in life.
There are many more examples of transformational meditations in Kundalini Yoga. It doesn’t matter which one you start with, but what does matter is that you keep up. At the end of your 40, 90 or 120 days, you will undoubtedly notice that something in your life has shifted. Maybe it hasn’t turned out the way you expected, but personal transformation does not usually follow a road map. Just align your mind to the frequency of your soul and see what happens.