Kundalini Yoga for the Heart Chakra – we will enjoy this practise many times in class AND for WORLD YOGA DAY – FRIDAY 21st of June 2019 7pm in the Burnside Ballroom – only $10!!! EPIC heart expanding day, globally .. join us to uplift yourself and the world
(bring your own mat, blanket and water)
The Heart Chakra
The heart chakra seems to be the most talked about of all the chakras. Many yoga teachers will focus on kriyas and meditations with the aim to open students’ hearts. The goal with the heart chakra is to be open and allow life to flow. However that is much easier said than done.
First, a yogi must have the 1st, 2nd and 3rd chakras in balance in order to attempt to come from the heart. Without this lower triangle there is not a stable base for the heart to safely vibrate. For example, when the 3rd chakra is weak, one may manipulate and play games in order to gain love rather then feel worthy of it and allow it. The person is attempting to come from the heart, but there are blockages.
The heart chakra is also known as the Anahata which means in Sanskirt, “unstruck.” Unstruck defines unconditional love as it means without beginning and without end. You love yourself and others regardless of the “quirks.” Unstruck doesn’t mean clinging or possessive either. Unstruck is trust. There is no limit to love that is available to you, but for most there is a limit to the amount of love you are willing to receive and give. It is amazing to watch our attitudes around feeling worthy enough for love.
When the heart is weak, one will reject before they have the opportunity to be rejected. The doors to opportunities are shut in the name of safety and comfort. It is natural to come from this place if you have been hurt in the past. However if you don’t allow yourself to go through the pain and learn from the past, these hurts will go unresolved and they will replay themselves over and over again. Even worse, you may settle for comfortable or abusive relationships because that is what you feel that you deserve.
Love is a risk. One with a strong lower triangle will throw caution to the wind to fulfill their hearts desires. The heart may want something, but your mind and people around you are telling you that you are crazy. Many things in life when seen in black and white may not make sense. The heart is the color. The heart wants what the heart wants and it doesn’t always feel comfortable, yet if you are not living from here, where are you living? Whose life are you living?
When the heart is weak a person develops grief. It is said to effect the heart and the lungs through years of neglecting the heart. In order to heal, one must first love and accept themselves before they can love others. Issues with truly loving yourself is really the core to loneliness, depression, fear of intimacy, clinginess, jealousy, etc. Why feel lonely when God created you as a whole person? If we don’t deal with this issues internally, then we continue to attract the same situations into our lives over and over.
Guru Dev Singh, the Master of Sat Nam Rasayan taught an amazing meditation that works with the heart. It was originally taught by Yogi Bhajan, but it is currently not published. A few years ago, Guru Dev assigned this meditation to me and I practiced it for 90 days. It is one of the most powerful meditations I have found for the heart. It is like a resuscitator and brings life back to the heart. It will make you feel really good and help you speak and act from the heart. Guru Dev also said that the meditation is good for depression and it strengthens the electromagnetic field when it is weak. The heart is the largest contributor to the electromagnetic field and when it is weak a person will become depressed and prone to illness.
-Sit in Easy Pose with the elbows in the ribs. The palms are up and to the sides. This is the same posture held during the RA MA DA SA Healing meditation.
-Begin Spinal Flex; spine comes straight and chest comes out then chest comes in and the spine curves. Practice this at a rapid pace.
-Chant HAR when the chest comes out. You can practice this with the Tantric Har by Simran Kaur for rhythm.
Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung: The Ultimate Healing Tool
Ra Ma Da Sa, Sa Say So Hung is the mantra for the sacred healing meditation first taught in the Summer of 1973. This healing meditation is used to pray for healing energy for our friends, family, and ourselves. It was also practiced at every White Tantric Yoga® Course for the Mahan Tantric, Yogi Bhajan.
“For healing at a distance, this is the mantra. It cuts across time and space so you can send healing energy to someone thousands of miles away as easily as you can send it to someone across the room.”
-Shakti Parwha Kaur
Kundalini Yoga practitioners have been using this meditation for the last four and a half decades. Try it when you want to send healing energy to a loved one or need healing yourself.
Practicing the mudra and the mantra properly will optimize the energy flow and will make this meditation all the more potent.
Posture: Sit in Easy Pose (sitting on the floor, with legs crossed) or in a chair with feet planted firmly on the ground, with the spine straight, and a light Neck Lock applied (chin pulled back slightly).
Mudra: The mudra (hand position) is most important. The elbows are bent down by the sides, and are tucked comfortably but firmly against the ribs. The forearms are almost perpendicular to the floor, with the hands extended out at a 45 degree angle from the center of the body. Most importantly, the palms are perfectly flat, facing up, hands bent back at the wrists. You should feel a pull in the lowest part of your forearm as you almost hyper-extend your wrist to make the palms flat. (This tends to be the most challenging part of the meditation so it is important not to let the hands relax out of the position.) The fingers are kept side by side, except that the thumb is spread from the other four fingers.
Eyes: Eyes are closed.
Mantra: This mantra consists of 8 basic sounds:
Ra Ma Da Sa, Sa Say So Hung
Ra – Sun
Ma – Moon
Daa – Earth
Saa – Impersonal Infinity
Saa Say – Totality of Infinity
So – Personal sense of merger and identity
Hung – The infinite, vibrating and real.
This mantra taps into the energies of the sun, moon, earth, and the Infinite Spirit to bring deep healing. It is important to pull the navel point powerfully on the first Sa and on Hung. Note that the word Hung is not long and drawn out. Rather, it is clipped off forcefully as you pull in the navel. Chant one complete cycle of the entire mantra with each breath. Then deeply inhale and repeat. Remember to move the mouth precisely with each sound. Try to feel the resonance in the mouth and in the sinus area.
Mental Focus: You can choose to mentally visualize the person or persons that you are wanting to heal, as you send this energy to them for their well-being.
Time: Continue chanting for 11 to 31 minutes.
To End: To end the meditation, inhale deeply and hold the breath, as you offer a healing prayer. Visualize the person you wish to heal as being totally healthy, radiant, and strong. See the person completely engulfed in a healing white light and completely healed. Then exhale and inhale deeply again, hold the breath, and offer the same prayer again. Exhale.
To complete, inhale deeply, stretch your arms up high, and vigorously shake out your hands and fingers for several seconds. Keep the arms up and hands shaking as you exhale. Repeat two more times and relax.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan
and by Nihal Singh 3ho.org