kundalini + mantra = miracles

Shortly after my first Kundalini Yoga class over ten years ago, I passed a woman on the street just outside our local studio. She was about my age, clad all in white, her face glowing as she chanted a mantra to herself. She looked completely blissed out and in her own world. Wow, I thought. I want some of that. But not too much. It’s a little weird.

That memory hit me a few days ago, when I found myself walking down the street, chanting a mantra, completely blissed out and in my own world. Wow, I thought, a little giggly this time. Thank you, Universe.You really don’t forget.

Blue Saraswati, by the amazing Sonja Picard

Blue Saraswati, by the amazing Sonja Picard

It’s been almost a month since I began my Kundalini Yoga teacher training program. I’ve skyrocketed from infrequent, intermittent meditation pre-training to a 45-minute (minimum) daily practice. My red wine consumption has decreased dramatically, and I’m now tackling my sugar addiction.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that my life is scheduled around my homework, and probably will be for the next few months. I wouldn’t say it’s been easy…but it does feel right.

I’ve discovered the joy of mantra meditation. Kundalini Yoga centres on chanting in sacred languages (Gurmukhi and Sanskrit), and my monkey mind is loving it. I’ve generally found it hard to meditate in silence; the thoughts come barrelling in, much too fast to control, and I can’t seem to get ahead of them. (Can anyone relate?) Focusing on a word like ‘love’ or ‘peace’ is sometimes even more difficult; if I’m not in a peaceful or loving state, my mind vehemently resists. Who are you kidding? You don’t feel that way! This is pointless and excruciating, let’s check email instead!

The uncontrolled mind is a tricky, sly beast. It knows all the little crevices to slip in and transport us somewhere far, far away – nowhere close to the present moment.

What I love about chanting in a language other than English is that the words bypass my mind and download straight into my cells. My DNA recognizes the ancient truths embedded in the unfamiliar sounds. My mind cannot object or protest because it doesn’t know what it’s protesting.

Chanting taps me into my multi-dimensional self – the ‘me’ beyond form, language, and conditioning. I can’t get enough; it’s like I’m being fed after years and years of starvation, and my system is lapping up every last bit.

I’ve been chanting for purposes beyond homework too. There are so many fear tapes playing on repeat in the collective consciousness right now, and I want to be vigilant in overriding this mass programming. I feel humanity can transcend this dark cycle, provided we don’t buy into the untruths we are being sold by those who have a vested interest in keeping us feeling deflated and powerless.

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I was hesitant to start my teacher training program; I didn’t want Kundalini Yoga to take over my life. I very much wanted to retain my ‘Aleya’ personality, her likes and preferences, her idiosyncrasies. I feared that committing to a spiritual path would strip away my individuality.

And of course, it is doing just that. Our earthly identities are just a finite fragment of our infinite selves. But Kundalini Yoga is not really stripping Aleya away; it’s helping her access her limitlessness, while flooding her finite self with more love, compassion, and kindness than she’s ever known.

What’s not to love?

23 thoughts on “kundalini + mantra = miracles

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  4. Correction “Lokah Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu”
    Translation: May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.

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  5. I can relate to the monkey mind protest.
    Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu is one of my faves.
    It’s interesting that I’ve written several blogs today, (scheduled for release later this week) that included Sanskrit mantras to summarize the conclusion of the post. Nice nod from the universe to read this post of yours on this day!
    Thank you for unblocking your flame, it helps others to do the same!
    Namaste

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    • Thank you…Lokah Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu is beautiful. These mantras are so powerful, and we’re blessed to have this knowledge. I will be learning more about mind and mantra in the next module of my yoga training, which happens this week. I’m excited! 🙂 Namaste

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  7. I’ve long been interested in mantra chanting, but all my education came from a book. The accountability of a formal class would be a great tool for me. Maybe I’ll find one someday. Thank you for sharing your experience.

    I also have the lifelong shallow breather issue.

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    • Thank you, Natalia. Changing my breathing patterns takes a lot of awareness and it hasn’t been easy. Those patterns were developed very early on in response to life/my feelings about life, so there is some fear in allowing long, deep breaths. For me it’s a process of trusting the universe that I am safe and protected. Much love, Aleya

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  8. What’s not to love? Right 😊 you will still be Aleya, just an awake Aleya.
    I know exactly what you mean about using mantra as a tool for bypassing the mind in meditation. I don’t use mantra in meditation, although I enjoy listening to and singing along with mantra. What I do is use hand mudras as my meditation anchor – a Jin Shin Jyutsu sequence and a set of mudras that correspond with each chakra. I also use pranayama breathing sequences. I find that these techniques give me something to ‘do’ which makes tuning in easier. Thanks for sharing your process Aleya, it’s fascinating.

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    • Thanks Sara! Love that there are so many different tools and energy systems available. The Jin Shin Jyutsu mudra/chakra meditation sounds very intriguing…in my training we haven’t gotten too deep into the mudras yet. Kundalini yoga also uses a lot of pranayam and this has actually been challenging as I’ve been a chronic shallow breather (or holding my breath!) my whole life. But it’s getting easier… 🙂 Aleya

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  9. I love hearing how chanting affects you. I’ve been doing my own practice myself- I can’t say I’ve found it very enjoyable but looking to deepen my commitment starting now to see what else reveals itself. So happy to hear that this work is feeding you in so many ways.

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    • Thanks Diahann. There are days where I stall on doing my homework meditation(s) and that’s one reason I’m so glad I’m in this training – if it weren’t for the accountability and support of a group, I don’t know that I’d be so diligent. It’s certainly dredging up a lot of emotional stuff though – whew – powerful technology not for the faint of heart! I would love to learn more about your practice and hope you write about it! ❤ Aleya

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  10. Thanks for sharing your experiences, Aleya.
    I have always wondered why people chant Sanskrit texts. But your observation explains it. It bypasses the mind.
    It is wonderful that you enjoy this training so much.
    Blessings,
    Karin

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    • Thanks, Karin. I’d chanted in Kirtans and yoga classes in the past but this has taken it to another level…probably because I have to do so much practice for my homework. I think it will make the silent meditations much easier too; I’m starting to find peace in those. 🙂 Aleya

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  11. Lately I have been increasing my alcohol and sugar consumption,lol! Love how you saw your future self ten years ago and recognized it now 😉

    I also enjoy chanting and agree that using a foreign language diverts me from the monkey mind madness. Keep progressing and sharing it here.

    love, Linda

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    • Hah – yea I guess it’s that time of year when the sugar (and booze) starts rolling out. Maybe I didn’t pick the best time to quit! It’s only a 10-day challenge but I’m hoping I notice enough of a difference that I continue. I’ve heard people feel fantastic after the initial torture of sugar withdrawal. I’ll keep writing about all my various processes…right now I’m on 25 of a 40 day sadhana (meditation). It is quite something! Thanks Linda ❤ Aleya

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