Our brains need regular exercise, just like the rest of the body. Puzzles and riddles are a great way to give them a bit of a workout, but did you know that spending just 12 minutes a day performing a memory boosting Kundalini Meditation such as the Kirtan Kriya has been proven to reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, keeping the brain fit and healthy?
Benefits of this Meditation
This meditation helps to increase brain activity, especially in areas of the brain that are essential to memory and recall. Other benefits of the Kirtan Kriya include:
Boosting problem-solving skills
Increasing overall brain function
Decreasing stress symptoms
Supporting healthy sleep patterns
How to do the Kirtan Kriya Meditation
The key elements of the Kirtan Kriya are the chants and the hand motions, also called the mantra and the mudra. Once you’ve mastered these there will be no stopping you.
Start in Easy Pose, or any other comfortable cross-legged position, with a straight spine, allowing a slight Neck Lock.
Place the backs of the wrists to the knees, arms and elbows straight, and start with your hands in Gyan Mudra, with the first finger bent, touched by the thumb, and the three remaining fingers straight and palms facing upwards.
Focus the eyes on the Brow Point, simply by gently shutting the eyes and lifting them up to look towards the Third Eye, at the center of the forehead.
The mantra for this memory boosting kriya is simply: Saa Taa Naa Maa. The full rotation of mantras should take around four seconds. You can follow the mantra by clicking here.
First chant this mantra aloud in your earthly voice for two minutes. After this time has passed, chant in a strong whisper for two minutes, and then silently, mentally repeat the mantra for two minutes.
After this, you should reverse the sequence, silently for a further two minutes, then in a whisper, and finish with your voice for two minutes to complete a 12-minute cycle.
With each sound you should perform the accompanying mudra, or hand movement.
1. On Saa you perform the Gyan Mudra previously described as the starting hand position.
2. On Taa perform the Shuni Mudra, touching the middle fingers with the thumbs
3. On Naa perform the Surya Mudra, touching the ring fingers with the thumbs
4. On Maa perform the Buddhi Mudra, touching the little fingers with the thumbs
Finish this meditation with one minute of silent prayer or contemplation. Then stretch the arms up high, the fingers wide, and inhale and exhale deeply, and relax.
Practice this Kundalini yoga kriya for at least 12 minutes a day to feel the full benefits to your memory and brain function. If you would like to stretch out this practice, ensure the times for each voice are proportionally similar.
It is important to give our brains exercise every day, and it only has to take a matter of minutes to see a significant difference in our long-term memory and brain health. So, why not give this Kirtan Kriya a go, and see how it can benefit you?