You will encounter many different ways to meditate as you follow your journey as a Kundalini yoga student. From pranayama, or breathing meditation, to mantras and mudras, there are many ways to connect your spiritual energies with your present body and mind.
In this guide we will be exploring the basics of movement meditation, and how to get started with this practice.
What is Moving Meditation?
Put simply, movement meditation is a practice which involves considered, mindful movements.
This form of meditation is perfect for when we are feeling restless or energetic, or even when we feel tired and there is a risk of falling asleep during sitting meditation.
The benefits of moving meditation are the enhanced blood flow around the body, release of tension, and physical exercise.These movements can be creative, such as painting, or active, like walking, or they can be particular to a form of movement meditation known as celestial communication.
Celestial communication is the use of choreographed arm and hand movements, performed during a spiritual song or whilst using mantras.
These arm movements are specific to each individual student—there is no right or wrong way to practice these movements, but the student is able to work within their own energy and ability, focusing on what feels right to their personal practice.
This type of meditation connects the student to the universal energy, strengthening the fundamental bond we experience. It unifies the mind, body, and spirit, and encourages inner harmony.
So you can practice this beautiful technique at home, try listening to your favorite mantra. Allow yourself to really tune into the rhythms, sounds, and vibrations.
Next, encourage your body to begin to move naturally to the music. These movements can be anything, from tapping your foot in time to the beat to allowing your arms to snake above your head and moving your whole body.
Continue to move in a way that feels natural, every time you begin to overthink the motions bring your thoughts back to the music and allow yourself to truly feel at one with the vibrations.
This takes practice, but it is a very effective form of meditation, and can cause deep relaxation and ease the mind.
Walking meditation is another movement meditation which combines meditation with mindful movement and physical exercise.
It is the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors, get some fresh air, blow away the cobwebs, and unify the mind and body. It also has the added benefits of improving digestion, alleviating mood, and boosting creativity.
Simply start by going out for a walk. Begin slowly, mindfully pulling each foot from the ground and placing it in front of the other. Try to find a rhythm which is sustainable, while tuning into your breath and the feel of the movement within your muscles.
Allow yourself to speed up and explore the change in how it feels within the body. Enjoy your surroundings, but most of all, breathe deeply and appreciate the energy that flows into you.
Continue Your Journey
Movement meditation is a powerful tool in the repertoire of any Kundalini student. The key things to remember are to move the body and remain mindful of these movements, engaging with the flow of energy around you.
The beauty of movement meditation is that it can be enjoyed in so many ways, and practice just helps to amplify the effects, so why not give it a go and see how it can benefit you