Sadhana (or personal practice) is one of the most important elements of your Kundalini Yoga journey. Whether you are just starting out or have been engaging in this activity for a while, there are plenty of ways to enhance it. Here are five tips to get you started.
1. Try to do Sadhana every day
Engaging in Sadhana has a remarkable effect on your mind, body, and soul. While you may not have a lot of time each day, dedicating yourself to this practice is hugely beneficial. Within the realms of Kundalini Yoga, we believe that this effort allows the mind to meet the Universal Self. In turn, that connection is reciprocated a thousand-fold.
The perfect practice is two and a half hours long. However, you can start by committing an hour to this personal practice. As you continue your journey, you may devote more time to Sadhana. Regardless of how much time you have, this practice is worth your energy.
2. Create a special place for Sadhana
Since the external reflects what we experience internally, the space you choose for Sadhana is important. Many people decide to create a special place for this practice, such as an altar. You should take care making an environment that suits your needs.
When you cultivate a space that is inspirational and makes you feel creative, you will see numerous benefits in your personal practice. It may seem like a small thing but it shows that you value the Sadhana and the Infinite Self.
3. Cover your head during the practice
During Sadhana, many Kundalini Yoga students choose to wear a non-static, natural cloth head covering. You may also want to keep your hair tied up beneath this cover. The reason for this is that the hair regulates the flow of solar energy into the body. Taking care of your hair and allowing it to grow well can help enhance your Sadhana practice.
Throughout this practice, we focus on your radiant force. Should you leave your hair down and uncovered during Sadhana, it could hinder the natural process of raising Kundalini Yoga energy. It is for that reason, that students decide to tie it up and cover it.
4. Take some ‘you time’ after Sadhana
When you have completed your Sadhana session, take some ‘you time’. This is the ideal time to take a nap, eat a nourishing meal, or contact a friend. Do whatever it is that makes you feel revitalized, refreshed, and joyous. Chances are, you will feel a natural boost in your energy levels and your mood when you have finished your personal practice.
5. Keep at it and create a new habit
New habits can be hard to create. When you first start with your Sadhana practice, you may find it hard to keep it up. However, there is a natural 40-day rhythm to breaking habits. You need to change something for this period to break a habit completely.
Similarly, it takes roughly 90 days to establish a new habit. Don’t feel disheartened when you first start this practice. Keep going, even when it feels difficult to do so. In time, you will create a new habit that you can stick with each and every day.
Continue Your Journey!
Now that you know all about how to enhance your Sadhana, what are you waiting for? Try these tips for yourself and see whether they make a difference to your practice. You may also want to learn more about Kundalini Yoga and its practices by reading our guides.