Each year, air travel moves millions of people from one place to another. Airplanes are widely considered to be one of the safest methods of transportation, with accident statistics much lower than other methods. However, riding in airplanes still conjures images of Hollywood-style accidents and feelings of fear for many people. It’s certainly understandable that riding in an airplane requires putting tremendous faith in the pilot, maintenance crew, and laws of physics that we may not fully understand. But that doesn’t mean that we have to grit our teeth and suffer through our flights. If the thought of air travel makes you nervous, Kundalini yoga can help! Here are some mantras and meditations from the Kundalini yoga tradition that you can use to prepare for your trip, and even use on the flight to calm your mind and enjoy your trip.
“Jai Te Gang” is a wonderful mantra for courage, and Gurunam Singh’s fast-paced version will build heat and help to burn away your fear. Nirinjan Kaur’s version is beautiful and soothing, and you can listen to it during the flight to relax your mind and keep you calm
“Chattra Chakkra Vartee” is a mantra often recited to help remove phobias and anxiety. The meaning of the words is quite beautiful, and meditating on them will definitely help to calm the mind and bring a sense of peace:
“You are pervading in all the four directions, the Enjoyer in all the four directions. You are self-illumined, profoundly beautiful, and united with all. Destroyer of the torments of birth and death, embodiment of mercy. You are ever within us. You are the everlasting giver of indestructible power.”
Many Kundalini yogis chant the mantra “Aad Guray Nameh” 3 times before driving to create a field of protection around them on their journey. Reciting this mantra invokes the protective energy of the universe, which can be quite comforting when you are traveling on an airplane. Recite it 3 times before your plane takes off, and then listen to Jai-Jagdeesh’s extended version on your headphones.
The I Am A Woman yoga manual has some amazing meditations that can be done in preparation for your trip, and also while you are on the plane. Try the “Meditation to Remove Fear of the Future” leading up to your trip, particularly if you have a lot of anxiety at the thought of traveling by airplane. This meditation uses “Dhan Dhan Ram Das Gur,” and you can use your favorite version to call in the energy of Guru Ram Das to protect you during your trip.
On the plane, you can try the “Meditation to Prevent Freaking Out,” also from I Am A Woman. This is a great meditation to do in public, because the people around you won’t suspect that you are meditating! It involves consciously shifting the nostril you’re breathing from, which powerfully changes your energy.
A 3 minute meditation you can do from your seat is the meditation “To Tranquilize the Mind” from Praana Praanee Praanayam. This meditation works with breath retention and mantra to calm the mind.
You can also do Left Nostril Breathing anytime you start to feel nervous or anxious. Simply close off your right nostril with the right thumb, and breath deeply and completely through the left nostril. It’s very simple and very powerful.