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The is the state in which our body exists when we are relaxed and in control. When we are stressed, or in ‘fight or flight’ mode, we move to a sympathetic nervous system.
The move between these two bodily systems is caused by our environment and experiences forcing our bodies to release certain hormones, which in turn triggers a physical response.
The more time we spend in a parasympathetic nervous system, the more regulated we feel. In this state our digestion and bladder function is supported, our heart rate slows, and we feel fully in control.
On the flip side, when we enter a sympathetic nervous system our hearts can race, our pupils dilate, and our body abandons its essential functions to send its resources to fight.
This easy meditation promotes the parasympathetic nervous system, helping our body to revert to that system after stress. In this short guide we will discover the benefits of this meditation, and how to do it.
Benefits of this Meditation:
- Supports the digestive system
- Teaches patience and self-control
- Helps to correct damaging aspects of the personality
- Encourages intense relaxation
- Enables self-reflection
- Strengthens manifestation
How to do this Meditation:
Before getting started on this meditation, take some time to manifest what you would like to achieve from it. Consider mistakes that you have made, and lessons you would like to learn from it, and picture the self-control and patience you wish to promote.
Then, when you are ready, find your peaceful, comfortable space and let’s get started.
Sit on the floor, either in Easy Pose or another comfortable cross-legged position. Keep the lower spine pulled forwards with the chest pushed out and the chin tucked under.
Bring the arms above the head at a 60 degree angle. Ensure the arms are absolutely straight with the elbows gently locked.
Keep the fingers and thumb pressed together and turn the hands out to face away from the body.
Pull the wrists back until there is a 60-degree angle between the hand and the forearm (this is essential for this meditation to work).
Almost completely close the eyes, until they are around 1/10 open.
Mentally chant “Sat Naam” on both the inhale and exhale.
Inhale deeply and slowly, feeling the power of the breath fill your chest.
Extend the exhale into a long, low, slow breath, lengthening it as much as possible. Try to take as long as a minute per breath, chanting “Sat Naam”.
Start by taking three minutes for this practice, but as your breath becomes stronger extend the period. The longer you practice this meditation, the more profound the results will be.
Inhale deeply and then completely exhale, holding the lungs completely empty for one minute, or as long as possible.
Use this quick and easy Kundalini Yoga meditation to help to build your parasympathetic nervous system and regulate digestion and the bladder, and in doing so learn the powers of patience and self control.