This is the question I asked two weeks before I did 2.5 hours of Long Ek Ong Kars.
I asked because though I’ve been practicing Kundalini yoga several years, have done my training and am now teaching, doubt still creeps in. Doubt that I can’t do it, that my hips may give way as I birthed a baby this year, though five months on is completely different to five weeks in.
Long Ek Ong Kars are done all over the world in celebration of Yogi Bhajan’s birthday each year, I didn’t want to miss yet another year and meditating on that sound current for hours clears our subconscious mind and balances the chakras.
And you know what? It was completely fine and liberating all at the same time.
It was perfectly aligned, a bank holiday (day off for the husband, suitable childcare), I had money to use for the cab fare and change for a donation. At 4.30am I left the house for Joy Yoga in Dalston and sang out Long Ek Ong Kars!
I’m not sure if anything has cleared, it could be so subtle that my conscious mind hasn’t picked up on it. Though what I do know is that this meditation shows how much time is an illusion. As in those moments chanting, it felt like I had been there for about an hour. AN HOUR. When it was much more.
I don’t know what was more liberating, chanting or getting up early to participate in something so special and so simple at the same time.
There were a whole host of people there, all ages, a baby even joined at the end, cute.
If your thinking of doing it, next time it comes around, just do it, a leap of faith!
Long Ek Ong Kars can be practiced in morning Sadhana, starting at 3 minutes to 11, 31 and 2.5 hours. It’s fun to practice and as we chant each word we pull in the navel, our beginning, our powerhouse! Here’s an easy to follow guide.