Sat kriya + frogs = Sat Kriya workout! This is an interesting set, overtime your legs and arms get used to being up and down throughout and you look forward to it even if you know that it’s so early you might just wake up after the third round of frogs.
Benefits: It energises and balances the lower triangle, it’s great for digestive and sexual ailments, it gives endurance and breaks fever. As muscles build you will walk with grace and certainty. You can find an example with steps here.
Sat Kriya workout IS a workout, I enjoyed it and felt the benefits of 15 minutes relaxation afterwards as my body both relaxed and felt rejuvenated. It is a kriya with a non changeable time set, some kriyas say 1-3 mins per exercise, this is not one of those so it wasn’t as flexible as others. I did the full hour each morning which in turn taught me – discipline to do the task in front of me!
One of the things that has really stood out is that near the end, perhaps day 35, on my yoga course the teacher said to make the Nam active and not as quiet. This dramatically changed my whole experience! And each day I used that tip and anything I was worrying about, questioning, feeling uncertain about went away. Just like that. Like someone had come along and popped my balloons of uncertainty. I felt I had tapped into a bliss I could’t access before but can now easily. The word ‘responsibility’ came up and I did some self enquiry around honesty and creativity. I’m going to apply those tips to Sat Kriya’s I do in the future!
What I’ve got up to the last 40 days:
I relaxed a little and seized the opportunity of a free house to watch First Dates on TV, at the moment it’s the only thing I watch. I went to 5 Rhythms a few times, a great free style dance class that I find releases stress from my body. I’m doing the Why Guru course online with Basics of Sikhi. I started it last year though wasn’t disciplined to do it regularly, as they’re in my home town each Saturday it motivated me to learn on my own and meet people when I can. I made home made gluten free pizzas, though very chewy they were yummy. I went to a job interview. I had a great time astVaisakhi in Southall, London and Reading, I wrote about it here. Though I don’t have much sugars my family keep making gluten free dairy free cakes and I can’t resist. Making food in batches for the fridge and freezer is brilliant when not a lot of time to cook fresh each day. I’ve been doing some painting and website work – this is how this post is live now! I still have more to do though but it’s getting there and this labour of love is (mostly) fun! Watching Byron Katie videos have been inspiring me. Seeing friends and chatting openly is of course, priceless. I find esoteric principles and practical wisdom from women is life changing.
Dying to be me by Anita Moorjani – FABULOUS, must read.
Invinsible Living by Guru Jagat – still reading, the chapters on relationships, sex and creativity are worth it.
She means business by Carrie Green – creator of Female Entrepreneur Association had an offer on her book for just 99p.
New habits, changes and other magic along the way:
I’ve been more real and authentic in text messages. I caught myself out when for example someone would cancel on me as I’d reply ‘Ok no worries’ and really be thinking something different. So since then I’ve been messaging from kindness and honesty as though it’s only messaging it’s still communicating your word with someone.
I’ve been showing up to paint! I had a small wooden canvas on my desk for months and finally with my own courage through self made blocks and excuses as well as encouragement from the lovely people on my course I finished the painting Flowers and light.
I’m noticing when I’m eating from love and hunger over emotionally, fear, scarcity and boredom. Less sugars less headaches and better focus too.
I wore a turban headscarf to my interview and out and about! I feel more myself for doing so, consistent, contained and align with the teachings of the Sikh Gurus. It takes courage but it feels right and I’m happier for it.
I got accepted for a new job and it matches with some of the things I wrote about in my affirmations – closer to home, more regular hours and honouring my yoga course dates as holiday – wahoo!
In the last week of Sat Kriya workout:
I bought a bunch of things I had thought about for month and kept putting off – new stereo, turban material an art journaling bag to use when out places and my ticket to Simrin singing workshop in May.
I went to a Kundalini yoga class on a Scorpio full moon and it was incredible, I could have sworn I was bathing in love when I got home.
I joined in with partner work in 5 Rhythms and relaxed a little more, I wrote some poetry the same night and day after which I haven’t been able to do in years.
I had a nagging feeling that I wasn’t honouring my honesty though couldn’t come forward and be 100% transparent with someone. Sure I was being honest with people and myself but there was something missing. How could I honour my honesty and have integrity at the same time – through expressing with art and writing. Of course that’s how I started and I’ve just come full circle. I know how I just have allow.
As well as allowing creativity, allowing the love I want to come into my life seems more do able now and I started using the phrase ‘love is all around’ again, out loud!
By day 40:
A change – playing Kirtan loudly in new car stereo after months of it on my phone only.
Shifts in thinking – To take responsibility for own journey, create the flow, allow the love I want to come, put truth into creativity, to be whole self whole time.
Magic and miracles – New job, managed to have last minute time off to see friends, dad finally won me over to explore the world of skiing and booked me a lesson. I found the the beautiful version of Dam Dum Muskulandar by Amrita Kaur Lohia at Trafalgar Square (8 minutes in, in the video below).
Over all I feel more relaxed and chilled in my being, sometimes it’s as if I’m in touch with bliss. I feel I have more trust in life and everything happening for me. I feel I have opened up my creative self again!
Though of course there are still things to work on, such as having faith that things go smoothly in transitioning to new job, there is still a process and confirmation. Finding a desk and space to use to write that is distraction free will be immensely useful too.
‘Life is simple. Everything is happening for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don’t have to like it, it’s just easier if you do. – Byron Katie
My next Kriya is Kriya for disease resistance, another 38 days to go!