It was the early 2000s and I regularly purchased workout videos to do at home. One day I came across one called Kundalini Yoga instructed by Gurmukh. The description indicated that I could unlock my spiritual energy while strengthening my body and that intrigued me. The video came home with me and wasn’t like other yoga videos I had tried, there was chanting and strange movements. It never became part of my regular rotation, but I picked it up every now and then.
Fast forward 20 years, to this day Kundalini is one of those things that continuously comes up in my life – it’s strange because most people have never even heard it! I often stumble across podcasts about it, or see instagram posts by teachers like Guru Jagat. Late last year I began following Carrie-Anne Moss (yes, that Carrie-Anne Moss) and she often discussed the benefits of Kundalini meditation. When I began this blog, I knew that it would finally be time to dig a bit deeper into the practice of Kundalini meditation.
“Meditation is the art of breaking habits, to purify the mind and to take care of day to day things.”
Carrie-Anne Moss describes the history of Kundalini – “In the 1960s, Yogi Bhajan brought Kundalini yoga to America to share as a tool for people who would be living through these changing times. He knew that technology would continue to evolve in a way that would make us feel overwhelmed and flooded, and that we would need techniques to help ourselves maintain peace amongst it all“. I don’t think there has been a time where I’ve needed it as much as I do right now.
I began a simple practice recently and I’ve really enjoyed it so far. I’ve been following along with Carrie-Anne Moss’ course – Simple & Sincere 10 Day Meditation Practice. I decided to invest in it because it’s designed to only take a few minutes each day and that’s about all I have to give!
Each morning, I light my candle and sit by my mini altar and take a few breathes – doing this little ritual helps me to feel rooted and ready for my practice. Kundalini meditation focuses on chanting of a mantra, which at first made me uncomfortable with my family in the house, but I’ve really come to like it because it keeps my mind focused and less likely to stray. Mastering the mind is one of the aims of Kundalini Yoga. It’s NOT about suppressing the mind or destroying it—the goal is to make the mind clearer, sharper and truly useful.
Of all the different types of meditations and apps I’ve tried along this journey, I think Kundalini is the one that’s going to stick. Maybe I’ve always been drawn to it because this is the practice that’s meant to be in my life?
It’s become a daily practice that fulfills something that I’ve been craving in my life – ritual. I’ve since created many little altars around my house and each serves as a touchstone to support and ground me during my day. They say you should practice each Kundalini meditation for 40 days and while I’m just at the beginning of this journey, I’m excited to see how I will grow over the next 30ish days.
Do you have any little rituals or altars in your home? If so, I’d love to learn about what has been working for you in the comments below.