I recently asked my network of friends and fellow yogis to help me find a cure to my jet lag after returning from a short trip to Australia and struggling with the time difference.
I got some great feedback and one of my angels, Lily Goodale, told me to check out the Kundalini Yahoo group. I browsed through the discussions and found some incredible gems of knowledge, so I thought I’d pass them along.
1. Drink Lots of Water!!! Before, During and After!!
2. Sirisimran Kaur Benbaun shared a recipe the Siri Singh Sahib gave to be taken the evening of arrival after a long flight:
Drink the juice of freshly sqeezed grapefruit.
Empty the bladder.
Pour a warm bath up to the navel.
Sitting in the bath push feet back and forth for 31 min.
Go to bed and sleep.
3. Guru Ravi Kaur shared some Ayurvedic insight on jet lag, recommending drinking Golden Milk, one of Yogi Bhajan’s all time favorite healing drinks. Click Here for the recipe and more information I posted previously about Golden Milk. She also recommended Ginger Capsules before, during and after your flight with lots of water.
1. Panch Nishan Kaur recommended doing the Ten Bodies yoga set. You can download the set here:
She also recommended Stretch Pose as an essential travel companion for resetting the navel.
2. Jeuline Cavlin (Prem Sangat Kaur) sent me this yoga set:
1. Savasana – starting with feeling the whole body, scanning and relaxing
2. Knee to chest pose (lying down on your back), first one leg at a time, then both.
3. Twist on your back, bent knees or eagle pose turning them to one side ,arms out and looking the opposite way. Both sides.
4. Janu Sirsasana head to knee pose, seated forwardbend, one leg bent, sole of the foot to the opposite thigh (a rolled up blanket can be placed to lean your forehead on). Both sides.
5. Seated twist – Ardha Matsyandrasana. Both sides.
6. Viparita Karnai – legs up the wall pose (opening chest with a rolled towel/banket placed below sholderblade hight…)…. turn to your right when done and lay there a little while before you rise to a seated position.
7. Silent Meditation
1. Diane Warming shared this meditation to be done as soon as you get off your flight. She says it is for grounding you, and it works!!
Sit on the floor in easy pose.
Point your index finger and hold the others down with your thumb.
Chant Sat nam, Sat nam, Wahe Guru, Wahe Guru.
On Sa and Wah, the tips of index fingers touch in front of the heart center.
On Nam and Guru, your finger tips touch the floor, out to the sides so your elbows are straight.
The pace is about one touch per second.
Eyes look at tip of nose.
Continue for 11 minutes.
2. Here is a meditation that Yogi Bhajan taught on April 1, 1974 and has been shared by Dr. Gururattana in her book Relax and Renew that will help with jet lag.
SHABAD KRIYA- BEDTIME MEDITATION
The control of the rhythm of the breath strengthens the nervous system and regenerates the nerves.
Sit in Easy Pose with a straight spine. Hands are in the lap in Buddha Mudra: palms up, right hand resting on top of left. The thumbs touch and face forward.
The eyes focus at the tip of the nose with the eyes about 9/10th closed. There are several ways to facilitate looking at the tip of the nose. Bring your forefinger in front of your face and look at it. Keep looking at the forefinger and slowly bring the forefinger to the tip of the nose.
To facilitate the concentration at the tip of the nose, do the following exercise. Bring the arms out to your sides parallel to the ground, palms up. Do breath of fire for 1-3 minutes. This exercise balances the right and left hemispheres of the brain, which makes it easier to maintain the focus of the two eyes.
The eyes focused at the tip of the nose causes the optic nerves to cross at the third eye. Thus it is easier to bring your mental focus to the third eye while the eyes are directed at the tip of the nose. Both the pineal and the pituitary glands and the area between them are stimulated by this eye posture, which has the effect of breaking old habits and creating new ones.
BREATHING AND MANTRA
Inhale 4 equal parts through the nose, i.e. the inhale is divided into 4 sniffs. Mentally vibrate SA TA NA MA with the four parts of the inhale breath.
Hold the breath and mentally repeat 4 repetitions of SA TA NA MA. This will be 16 counts
SA TA NA MA SA TA NA MA SA TA NA MA SA TA NA MA
Then exhale in 2 equal strokes, mentally projecting WAHE GURU
WAHE GURU means ecstasy. WAHE GURU is the result of integrating SAT NAMinto the psyche. When we experience the Truth, we feel ecstasy.
Continue for 11, 15, 22, 31 or even 62 minutes. This meditation will often put you to sleep before you complete the allotted time.
Next time you travel, take these tips with you – it will make for much smoother sailing when you arrive!!