Snatam Kaur practices Stretch Pose as her daughter Jap Preet looks on.

Life has such an ebb and flow. One minute you can be riding the wave, the next minute you are under the wave. One minute you can feel safe and secure in your life, and the next minute you can feel totally threatened by something.

I find that when I meditate it helps me to separate myself from the sting of something to realize that it is all coming from God’s Divine Will. Usually the most emotionally charged things aren’t really that big of a deal anyway. It is our own emotions, our own feelings that must pass through us one way or another. As the ups and downs of life happen to me I am learning to be alright with it and stay centered.

This past week I was given the gift of realizing that there is a great yoga posture that can really help me to stay centered. I’d like to share it with you.

It is Stretch Pose!!!

This is one of the most powerful postures in all of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Lie on your back. Raise your head up six inches, your feet up six inches, point your hands towards your feet and begin a powerful breath of fire. Breath of fire is a rapid breath through the nose. (Editor’s Note:  Need a tutorial on Breath of Fire?  Click here and watch Anne Novak for Spirit Voyage’s video on how to do it!)  Do this Stretch Pose for as long as you can! I suggest going for one minute at least. When I do this posture in the morning as a part of my Kundalini Yoga set it completely anchors me into my navel center. From this place I feel less reactive, more positive, and stronger on every level. This posture harnesses and concentrates your “Chi”, the energy that is naturally at your navel center. The more navel based exercises you do the more this Chi is available for you physically, and mentally. It will give you the key to staying centered and balanced in your life. There are many navel exercises that help increase your Chi. Stretch pose is one of the quickest and most powerful ones that I have ever experienced.

It is better to take a break from Stretch Pose if you are pregnant or in your menstrual cycle.

I have practiced this posture my whole life, but last week I had a “ah ha” moment. I realized that this exercise can keep me centered, and that I am very grateful for it in my life. These kind of moments I find are precious, because someone can tell you how good something is for you, but it is not until you get it on a deep level inside that the “ah ha” moment happens.

Please see this link to the Ten Bodies Yoga Set that has Stretch Pose as the very first exercise. I love this yoga set too! It is a great morning tune up and the first set that I got hooked on as a teenager. http://www.mrsikhnet.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/Kundalini-Yoga-Ten-Bodies.pdf

(Editor’s Note: Want to learn more about the Ten Bodies?  Read Spirit Voyage’s Ten Bodies series!)

May this blog serve you in some way to help strengthen your navel and perhaps have your own “ah ha” moment.

Sat Nam,

Snatam Kaur

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(Editor’s Note: Check out this video by Anne Novak for Spirit Voyage on the mechanics of Stretch Pose!)

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