Yoga Blog 9/25/2014
When it is quiet at the ashram, typically the month of September is the quietest, we don’t take a break from our yoga, no, NO! We are waking up early and doing an ADDITIONAL kriya before our regular 10AM practice.
In the yoga that we practice, Kundalini, there are thousands of kriyas (series) and we alternate between them; choosing from several books that we recieved as a gift during Sadhana (spiritual practice) on Yogi Bhajan’s birthday, and the hundreds of kriyas that are available online for free to anyone.
Click here to go to the Apana (Elimination) Kriya
The benefit of cycling through many series; is that each one is an open door to the soul. The body is capable of so many actions, and it has been said by one of our teachers that kundalini yoga is the “I bet your body has never done THIS before!” game. Different series open different doors, stretch different muscles, massage different glands.
The benefit in repeating the kriya is that it is NOT a matter of mere repetition, but you go deeper and deeper into the benefits as you progress. For example, The Apana Kriya is NOT the hardest or most difficult kriya we have ever tried, but it does have certain unusual postures and movements, and enduring the full time of the action will lead to the most satisfactory results.
That said, elimination, apana, plays an important part in the body. Without proper elimination we are unable to receive the full benefits of prana, the breath. The bad must go out as the good comes in. This kriya has some very subtle visualization that enhances the imagination.
Engage the SAT GURU with the mantra ONG NAMO GURU DEV NAMO at the beginning of the Sadhana and close with a long SAT and a short Nam. Do this practice for a week and tell us how you feel!
The ashram is flourishing with the rains, a little in the evening every day. The children are in school (except in service days which seem to come every week!) so that monkey falls, the waterfalls adjecent to the ashram feel like a private paradise. If you are looking for haven for yoga in Central America, then look no further!
Every day I am thankful for the opportunity to practice yoga here, in Belize.