November 2015 I started my first challenge as part of me stepping into Kundalini Yoga. I chose Sat Kriya, a pose practiced by tuning in to Adi Mantra, sitting in rock pose and stretching your arms above your head. While clasping them together you do a navel out and in breath and chant Sat Nam (my word for 2016).
Now even if you don’t practise yoga and it’s not high on your interests, I encourage you to read a little or skip straight to the bullet points as I share my process and the after effects too!
A practice for 40 days straight is said to break any negative habits that block your from the expansion possible through the kriya or mantra, go here to read more about 40/90/120/1000 days Sadhanas.
“Sat Kriya is an essential practice of Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan. It’s main impact is to tone the nervous system, to calm emotional disarray and to channel creative & sexual energies of the body. Sat Kriya primarily works on the lower triangle; the first, second and third chakras. The lower triangle relates to human development and our fundamental security and sense of belonging. Sat Kriya can help heal wounds from our early life.” – Kundalini House
Each morning for 40 days after I got dressed I un rolled my yoga mat and did a 3 min set. Some days I also did a yoga routine on youtube, I am a big fan of Shivie Cook at One Woman Revolution. I then wrote down on my numbered paper what I did and though there was not a lot of writing room, how I felt too or sharing my word of intention for the day.
I did my Sat Kriya each morning, even if I had to move my original place, I just needed a little space to roll out my mat.
Three minutes seems like a long time when your breathing differently and have your arms above your head! It is really important that you learn the correct way of breath of fire and resting for a few minutes lying down afterwards is a huge benefit to the body, getting the breath circulating.
I didn’t set out with a habit to change at first, as I was progressing through the 40 days, I realised how much more of my truth I was living, through simply being more assertive and working on my goals. So I decided that living my truth, being more real and honest was my new forming habit.
Here are some amazing differences to my wellbeing since doing Kundalini Yoga each morning:
- All nervous energy I was holding onto has dropped away.
- I have more momentum in actives, I stick with them, don’t give up as easily.
- I feel more committed to my goals that truly make my heart sing, Sat Nam!
- I have a better attention to people talking and can listen better instead of thinking about 10 other things at the same time, I get up to about 3.
- When talking to others I used to feel very uneasy and off balance, even sat in a room for a while made me feel uneasy so I’d get up and walk around. Now however, that doesn’t happen! I will talk without the unnecessary nervous jargon, feel strength and protected, I can even tell the other person out right how I feel and not feel weekend by their possible/actual response.
- I don’t get distracted by the little things that refrain me from seeing the whole eg. I used to watch a movie and obsess about where the actor was from, I don’t do that anymore. I acknowledge I’ve seen them before, think about it then move on and enjoy the movie!
- I don’t get attached and obsessed by things like fashion and pop music (I used to have a pattern of listening to the same song on repeat for comfort/boost my day) now while I enjoy hearing them I don’t get immersed by them and play and sing to mantra music instead.
- Because I filter out the unnecessary, I am more organised, write lists and get things done on them!
- I don’t overly explain things or overshare, I say what needs to be said and contribute more in conversation.
- I have enough energy for the whole day, no need for caffeine, high sugary foods, alcohol- I eat more natural than ever and feel better for it.I went to my yoga mat more and learnt more poses and stretches.
- My mind is clearer and my body weight is balanced.
- I smile more!