Harnam Singh in Bound Lotus

I have always admired the introspection, self-awareness and commitment to personal development that comes from the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and from the people in our dear community. In a world where people are always looking for an escape, it is refreshing to find people that are willing to look at parts of themselves and work on it over an extended period of time. Kundalini Yoga is an amazing tool for personal development and transformation. There are kriyas and meditations for just about anything you can think of. With the 1,000’s of kriyas and meditations that Yogi Bhajan taught in Kundalini yoga, how do you pick the right one for your own personal sadhana? Here are some tips:

1. Use Your Intuition

The best way to find the kriya you need to work on is to meditate on it. Sometimes in the Kundalini Yoga world, we can be too logical in our approach with reading too much into what the title says about the kriya.

Ask the question and sit in silence until the answer will comes to you. Your intuition may not always speak directly so pay attention to what you immediately hear, see and feel. Those are your clues. If you don’t get an immediate answer or don’t understand, the answer will reveal itself in another form. If you are still having trouble with being able to connect with your intuition, don’t fret! It comes with time and experience. Continue reading…

Editor’s Note: One great way to develop your intuitive capacity is to practice the Indra Nittri Meditation.  Visit www.spiritvoyage.com/globalsadhana to learn about the Spirit Voyage Global Sadhana: Expand Your Intuition.

2. When in Doubt

So you don’t know what to work on? When in doubt pick a kriya that works on the third chakra/navel. Think anyone likes navel chakra kriyas? No, but they are what most people need. They give you the biggest bang for the buck and most long term return. Who can’t improve their sense of self, confidence, self-esteem or power? If you feel called to work on this aspect, try Nabhi Kriya for Prana Apana (Kundalini Experience) or Abdominal Strengthening (Sadhana Guidelines). Long term practice with these kriyas will also help improve your intuitive “gut” feeling.

The Kundalini Yoga Experience by Guru Dharam S. Khalsa and Darryl O'Keeffe

Kundalini Yoga Sadhana Guidelines by Gurucharan Singh Khalsa

3. What’s in a Name?

Some of the titles of the kriyas are very specific while others are not. Owners Manual for the Human Body is a great overall manual with specific titles such as To Relieve Inner Anger, Colon Cleanser and Maintain the Spleen. When picking a kriya, it can be as simple leafing through a manual and finding the title speaks directly to you.

Owner's Manual for the Human Body by Yogi Bhajan

4. Evaluate Your Family History

In many families there can be health issues that get passed down from generation to generation. If it has been a challenge in your family, it will be a challenge for you too. Work on that specific issue so you can heal yourself and not pass it to your children.

Heart Disease is the #1 killer in the World, if this is true for your family as well, try working with strenuous heart kriyas such as Eliminate Gastric and Heart Problems (Infinity and Me) or Exercises for the Heart Center (Reaching Me in Me). If stress management is an issue in your family, try Building the Nervous System (Physical Wisdom).

Infinity and Me by Harijot Kaur Khalsa

Reaching Me In Me by Harijot Kaur Khalsa

Physical Wisdom by Harijot Kaur Khalsa

Of course only practice these if you really feel called to do so. Just because it is an issue you need to work on, doesn’t always mean it is the kriya you need right now. Remember don’t be too logical here. Ask yourself and come from a your intuition.

5. Get Outside Inspiration

Going to a yoga class or a workshop can be a great opportunity to experience a kriya that you are not familiar with. Yoga classes can be the best sources of inspiration. If you have a deep experience in a class, ask the teacher which manual the kriya was from and buy it.

Trusting your intuition is extremely important, but sometimes it is also good to get an outside perspective from a teacher or energy worker. We are not always aware of our blind-spots, that is why they are called blind-spots. If your intuition is validating their suggestion, then go for it!

When picking a kriya, challenge yourself to come from your intuition and not from logic. When you have resistance to practicing a specific kriya, ask yourself if this is your resistance or intuition? Deep down you can tell the difference.

Remember that it is human nature to seek pleasure over pain, but the purpose of our daily practice is to push beyond our comfort zones. A kriya that you really like may be a safe choice, but not one that will challenge the status quo inside. I find that the kriyas I don’t initially like that are the ones I really needed to work on. Just remind yourself why you are doing this practice: to releasing old habits, thought patterns, toxicity and stuck emotions. This effort is uncomfortable, but rewarding in the end.

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