Among yogis, it is used to mean daily practice. Yogi Bhajan emphasised the importance of having a daily practice — it is needed for the continuous cleansing of the subconscious, and also to establish a relationship to your soul. Sadhana can mean whatever yoga practice you do daily; it is also used in the context of Aquarian Sadhana. Start with doing what you can, and build your practice with time.
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What is the Aquarian Sadhana? You might take a class at a Kundalini Yoga studio and they invite you to attend sadhana, and you do a double take at the schedule. What is Sadhana? Sadhana means daily spiritual practice. Any form of meditation, yoga, or spiritual activity can be a form of sadhana. In Sanskrit, sadhana literally means accomplishing something.
You set a task as a goal and you accomplish it, in the service of worship of the divine or elevation of your spirit. For Kundalini yogis, morning sadhana forms the backbone of the entire practice and helps to raise the Kundalini energy and bring self-awareness and personal victory.
The mother of all morning sadhana practices is called the Aquarian Sadhana, which is practiced all over the world by Kundalini yogis. What is the Aquarian Sadhana exactly?
It operates under the principle of karma. It is divided into four parts: preparation for sadhana, recitation of Sikh prayers, Kundalini Yoga kriya, and chanting the Aquarian mantras. The Aquarian Sadhana can be done individually, but it is often practiced in a group for additional energetic benefits. It does require discipline to accomplish, and the practice itself develops the grit to continue. Keep an open mind and an open heart to the practice, as it is a profoundly transformational tool.
And it offers a deep practice of yoga for the more committed practitioner. Preparation for Aquarian Sadhana The preparation for sadhana begins when you wake up. You take a cold shower, which brings health and radiance to your physical body. The benefits are numerous and include increased circulation and lower depression levels. A cold shower also has the benefit of bringing you to an alert state, so it is easier for you to stay awake during your long yoga and meditation practice.
After showering, yogis will typically dress in white cotton clothing and wrap their head in a turban, said to increase the size and strength of your aura and draw the Kundalini energy up the spine, and thus boosting the benefits of your practice. If you go to group sadhana, you will see a leader. This can sometimes be confusing for a newbie, but it is because it is considered a sacred space and the energy during this hour of the morning is very delicate, so there is little speaking beyond guiding the process gently.
Japji To begin an Aquarian Sadhana, one starts by reciting a Sikh prayer called Japji, which a spiritual discourse of the nature of the Divine. This typically begins at am. This practice usually takes a half an hour to recite. It was written by Guru Nanak, the first Guru of the Sikhs. Japji is a poem that carries the frequency of enlightenment. A kriya is a series of exercised done in particular lengths and sequence for a measureable effect.
Kriyas are never changed or altered by a teacher, with the exception of reducing times to make them more achievable for students of various levels. The sadhana leader will select a kriya for everyone to do together, or if you are doing sadhana on your own, you can select your own kriya. After that, everyone will begin the yoga itself. Typically, sadhana kriyas are roughly 30 minutes long. They can include asana, pranayama, and other dynamic movements.
There is a brief relaxation in savasana, usually about five minutes. Once the yoga set has concluded, the Aquarian Sadhana continues with a series of mantras known collectively as the Aquarian mantras. Each one is a powerful mantra on its own, and collectively they open up the chakras, preparing you for your day. Mantra is a powerful and ancient form of meditation that helps to still the mind by using a word focus.
The Aquarian mantras are chanted for specific lengths of time during sadhana. Chanted for 7 minutes. Waa yantee kar yantee, jag dut patee, aadak it waha, brahmaday trayshaa guroo, it wahay guroo Mul Mantra The Mul Mantra roots you to your spirit foundation while it propels you forward to your destiny. Ek ong kaar, sat naam, karataa purakh, nirbho, nirvair Akaal mooraat, ajoonee, saibhang, gur prasaad.
Aad such, jugaad such, Hai bhee such, Naanak hosee bhee such. Sat Siri Siri Akal This mantra declares that we are timeless, deathless beings. It helps us overcome greed and pettiness and develop our caliber. Sat siree siree akaal, siree akaal mahaa akaal, Mahaa akaal, sat naam, akaal moorat, wahay guroo Rakhe Rakhan Har This is a mantra for protection from all negativity. Rakhay rakhanhaar aap ubaariun Gur kee pairee paa-eh kaaj savaariun Hoaa aap dayaal manho na visaariun Saadh janaa kai sung bhavjal taariun Saakat nindak dusht khin maa-eh bidaariun Tis saahib kee tayk naanak manai maa-eh Jis simrat sukh ho-eh saglay dookh jaa-eh Waheguru Wahejio This is a mantra Waheguru Wahejio of ecstasy.
Chanted for 22 minutes in a specific asana, known as Vir Asan. Chanted for 5 minutes. This is the traditional end to a Kundalini yoga class or gathering. Gurdwara is not a part of the Aquarian Sadhana itself. It involves many different aspects of the tradition of Kundalini Yoga and contains some of its most profound effects. It can be somewhat intimidating to begin on your own. Find a yoga studio like Yoga West or Ra Ma Institute in Los Angeles that has a consistent offering of morning sadhana, and let someone step in and show you the ropes.
You will be challenged, but also transformed. Dr Ramdesh Kaur Dr. She has a PhD in Spirituality with a concentration in yoga and eastern religions, and has spent years touring teaching Kundalini Yoga everywhere from the foothills of the Himalayas, to the bustling streets of London, to the suburbs of New Jersey.
What is the Aquarian Sadhana?
His zip code is his mantra. Mantra is just like that: you take a stone and you throw it in the water, and constant waves go. That is what mantra is all about. It is to be remembered, remembered, remembered; it is to be chanted inside of you with your heart, your mind, your body. The only longing you have is to repeat it. It may be difficult to begin with, but soon God will come through and work for you.
What We Sing in the Morning: The Aquarian Mantras