Kundalni Yoga: Days and Hours of Power

One of the reasons Kundalini Yoga works so well is that it gets us in rhythm with ourselves, our world, and our Universe.. Why is this important? Imagine playing a melody while being accompanied by a rhythm section (drums and bass). If you're not playing in the same meter as the other musicians then what results is cacphony. In this sense, many people feel that their lives are out of sync with the world around them.

In the Kundalini Yoga tradition, there are certain "Power Days," of the week, month, and year, which allow us to draw upon powerful energies and realign. This month features an extra-special Power Day, Dec. 21st (see our Tour Schedule for a special event on this day) which is the end of the Mayan calender. It's the completion of an historical cycle and the beginning of a new one. This new cycle promises to be a time of Great Enlightenment. In order to capitalize upon new energies, we have to "be one with Universe," everyday, and raise our frequency. A daily Kundalini Yoga practice puts us in the perfect position to do just that!

Getting in sync with the moons cycles can help us manage our energy. The moon relates to the underworld which is a metaphor for our deep psyche. In certain phases of the moon cycle there is much more emotional energy present. The upside of this is During these certain phases deep emotional work is more easily entered into. Yogi Bhajan said, "Your biofeedback moves from New Moon to Full Moon, and Full Moon to New Moon. There are three days of the Moon. If you fast at these times you can bring your mind and health into balance. In Auryveda this is considered to be the Mastery of all treatments. Try fasting on lemon and water during these three days of the month. From sun-up to until the next morning at breakfast, when you can break the fast."

(You can sweet lemon water with honey or sweetener of you choice. It is recommended that you drink lemon water through a straw to save the enamel on your teeth.)

The Full Moon:
During the Full moon our glands are most active. This can make us feel very emotional and reactive, or, if we channel that energy, it affords the opportunity to make great gains on the inner planes and accelerate emotional healing. Our bodies our 70% water liquid and the Full Moon not only effects the tides of the ocean, but the tides in us (in fact ancient yogic writings state that the seven oceans also exist in our bodies)!Those who have not trained their minds through Meditation, are especially susceptible to extreme mental fluctuations on this day. It is said that Buddha was born on a Full Moon and attained his enlightenment on the Full Moon as well. This is a very propitious time to conceive. The Sa-Ta-Na-Ma Meditation which is on Yoga Quick Fixes and Yoga House Call is perfect for the Full Moon. (Dec. 28th). Best DVD: Fat Free Yoga

From the Full Moon to the New Moon, the moon is said to be waning. This is a time for reflection, planning, consolidation, and inner work on ourselves.

The New Moon: The New Moon is day one of the moon cycle. During the New Moon, our glands are at a low ebb, as is our energy. This is a good day to do an active Kundalini Yoga set, such as Warrior Workout and to do Meditations which focus on positivity. (Dec. 13th). The New Moon is a day to charge your plans with power! This day is all about a running start into turning our intentions into reality. Best DVD: A Journey thru the Chakras

From the New Moon until the Full Moon the moon is said to be waxing. This is a time to go out and do. Initiate projects and generally go for it.

The 11th Day of the Moon Cycle: On the 11th day of the moon cycle we are in balance between the extremes of the Full and New Moons. This is another great day to fast on liquid only and/or east very light. Make this a green smoothie day! Also, meditate like you mean it! Every ounce of Spiritual practice you put in on this day will be greatly magnified (Dec. 24th) Best DVD: Body Electric. In the Hindu tradition the 11th day of the Moon Cycle is called Ekadasi tithi, and it is traditional to fast as an homage to Lord Vishnu (Creator of the Universe). Best DVD: Yoga Bliss Hips

Other Power Days / Times

Monday: Monday is moon day. Many yogis fast with liquids only on Monday to give their digestive systems a rest and to capitalize upon the stimulation of the glandular system. Best DVD: Ultimate Stretch Workout

The Ambrosial Hours: The hours between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. are called Amrit Vela (Ambrosial hours). At this time, when the sun is approx. 60º below the horizon, Kundalini Yoga and Meditation is most effective. At this time the lung meridians are open and conscious breathing is most propitious. Also, subconscious debris is closest to the surface and can be cleared out most effectively. 60º is an angle which extends to Infinity. The breathing and Meditation one does in the pre-dawn hours create wealth and health. Conversely, the longer we stay in bed after sunrise, the more drained we become by the earth's magnetic field.

4 p.m. - 7 p.m. is also an important time. During that time when the sun is approx. 60º above the horizon, our psyches and energy levles, are at a low ebb. It's no coincidence that this time corresponds to Happy Hour. A Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Happy Hour is a better choice. Best DVD: The AM portion of Am/Pm Yoga, extending the Meditation to 31 min.

Summer Solstice: Summer Solstice, June 21st, is the longest day of the year, when solar energy is most powerful. The Kundalini Yoga and Meditation we do on this day engenders benefits all year. On this day, everything we do has a multi-dimensional aspect. Best DVD: Solar Power.

Winter Solstice: Winter Solstice, December 21st, is the shortest day of the year. On this day our "dark side, is closest to the surface. We can either act upon those negative emotions and tendencies, or go into them and do some deep and lasting house cleaning. This is a great day to get together with other yogis and celebrate Spirit! (if you can make it, we will be doing some amazing Winter Solstice Kriyas along with live music on this date:12/21, Ravens Wing Yoga,Branford, CT, 6 p.m. ). Best DVD: Kundalini Yoga Transformer