In August 2016 I chose to start a new 40 day Sadhana, having done Sat Kriya for 3 minutes a day previously and noticing incredible shifts . I felt I wanted to step things up after learning about and doing more Kundalini yoga at the Great British Kundalini Yoga festival 2016.
I decided upon Short Kriya to get the energy moving and chanting Har Har Wahe Guru along to Nirinjan Kaur’s recording on her album Restoring your personal power.
The idea behind these was the Kriya would move my body in the morning, I would have plenty of stretches and only took 22 minutes. Then I could do some chanting which I feel really helps to relax my mind and have it fully focused all day. Har Har Wahe Guru translation is: The creator is bliss, Great is the Guru and is balancing, grounding and expansive, you can read more on that here.
All together it added up to an hour of practice that I could fit in on a work day or a day off.
I wrote a sentence a day about my practice, something I was noticing, other Kriyas and meditations I was doing and my general routine and eating habits. (I write a lot less now in future Sadhanas but it’s a great place to start and discipline to have.)
What I notice through my notes:
- I was experimenting with cold showers, I felt really rejuvenated and amazing, the days I didn’t have a sad face next to it.
- It’s sounds like a very small thing but brushing my teeth before yoga, before eating, was a new concept to me and I did it each day and that refreshed my mouth from sleep after waking up.
- I noticed I wanted more hydration and drank more water, to have more reasonable portions rather than a mound of cereal and that sugar was pointless. (I still have some sugar, it’s just I found it was making me sluggish on waking and giving me headaches, some items really aren’t worth the headache).
- I started taking vitamins for my overall heath – Vitamin C, B and D in high doses.
- Drinking hot water and lemon in the morning, after yoga, before/after breakfast is really refreshing.
At the end of 40 days:
- I noticed I was taking better care of my feet! I had never done this previously and found Tee tree oil for my toenails works wonders and massaging my feet with cream too.
- I was eating earlier, giving my digestive system a break in the late evening, night time.
- Chanting really helped me develop better communication in conversation with others.
- I went to a life drawing workshop for the first time in ages.
- I finished a large painting with quotes from the book I was reading Diana as herself by Martha Beck.
A change, a shift, magic/miracle:
- I drove the furthest I have ever driven on my own (down different motorway, across a roundabout shaped like a star with 6 different exits) to a yoga course. Even now looking back it was great to learn about Yoga for Autism however my biggest takeaway was getting over the block of driving somewhere far out on my own!
- I decided after that course that I was going to fund my own studies from then on, no family financial help.
- I was on my way to owning my truth, in everyday, in hobbies, in the value I can give myself and others.