Sadhana means daily spiritual practice. It is the foundation of all spiritual endeavor. Sadhana is your personal, individual spiritual effort. It is the main tool you use to work on yourself to achieve the purpose of life. It can be done alone or in a group. Sadhana is whatever you do consistently to clear your own consciousness so you can relate to the infinity within you. Before you face the world each day, do yourself a favor and tune up your nervous system and attune yourself to your highest inner self. To cover all your bases, it will include exercise, meditation, and prayer. During what are called the "ambrosial hours" (the two and a half hours just before sunrise), when the sun is at a sixty-degree angle to the Earth, the energy you put into your sadhana gets maximum results. Your world is quieter. It's easier to meditate and concentrate before the hustle and bustle of the day begins.
If you absolutely cannot get up early in the morning to do sadhana, then do it some other time! Doing sadhana at any time of the day or night will benefit you. (Kundalini Yoga: The Flow of Eternal Power by Shakti Parwha Kaur)
Develop a regular sadhana and you take control of your life. Develop a deep sadhana and you open the doors of experience. Commit to meet your higher Self each morning and your decisions and your life become original; your life will bear the signature of your soul; your radiance will express the meaningful intimacy of the Infinite in each moment. Immerse yourself in the joy of victory that comes from starting each day with a powerful sadhana and every challenge becomes opportunity. (Sadhana Guidelines)
Start your day gently, waking up with a few stretches and pranayam in bed. Then bathe, preferably with a cold shower, purifying your body and preparing it for the day ahead. Wear comfortable clothes that were not slept in and cover your head with any sort of natural cloth scarf or hat. Create a sacred physical space for your daily practice, embellishing it with inspiring images, flowers, crystals, or whatever suits you. Have a shawl or sweater handy and sit on a sheepskin or natural-fiber blanket.
"What is sadhana?
It's a committed prayer. It is something which you want to do, have to do, and which is being done by you. Sadhana is self-enrichment. It is not something which is done to please somebody or to gain something.
Sadhana is a personal process in which you bring out your best." ~Yogi Bhajan
Reading of Banis which is Japji Sahib
Kundalini Yoga Kriyas(As taught by Yogi Bhajan)
Kundalini Yoga Warm Ups to prepare for meditation. You can listen to Sadhana chanted by different teachers at Spirit Voyage, Ancient Healing Ways and KRI.
How to Tune In before starting (Videos)
These are the mantras that precedes ALL Kundalini Yoga practice.
Ek Ong Kaar,
Sat Naam, Siree
The following is a new way to pronounce the mantra. Research was done on how it is supposed to sound. There is a link to the source page where I got the information.
Following a Full Deep Breath, express EK powerfully, albeit momentarily, squeeze mul bandh - pulling navel to rectum, followed by ONNNNG tongue to palate, stretch out nnnng, then KAAR stretch out aarrrrr, then...
Following a Full Deep Breath, express SAT powerfully, albeit momentarily, squeeze mul bandh - pulling navel to rectum, followed by NAAMMMM stretch out mmmmm, lips touching, then SIRI, which' sounds like 'city' and is recited as a short-quick expression, then...
Following a 1/2 Breath, express WHAA powerfully, albeit momentarily, squeeze mul bandh - pulling navel to rectum, then a short-quick He, followed by GUROOOO stretch out ooooo.
(ROOT LOCK aka Mul (Mool) Bandh, Root Lock is frequently used and closes off the lower 3 chakras and allows the kundalini energy to rise. To apply Root Lock: Contract the muscles of the rectum, the sex organs and the navel point ... Pulling in and up on the navel. NOTE: This entire sequence requires approximately 60 seconds to complete. (See MUL BANDH.)
The sound ONNNNG should resonate throughout the nasal-cranial cavities with the tongue touching the upper palate lightly to cause the entire cranium to vibrate like a bell. On the sound NAAMMMM, bring the lips together and let the MMMM sound resonate throughout the cranium. Inhale deeply after 11 minutes, 31 minutes, or 2-1/2 hour durations, hold the breath for 10 seconds. Relax. Source Page of how to pronounce it.
NOTE: Pull the navel back sharply toward the spine during the expression of these 3 sounds, EK, SAT and WHAA. Observe all the sounds resonating like a gong throughout the cranium.
There is One Creator who has created this Creation. Truth is His name. Ecstatic beyond words is his wisdom and guidance. The cornerstone of morning sadhana is the Adi Shakti Mantra, also called Long Ek Ong Kars or Morning Call.
This mantra initiates the kundalini, initiating the relationship between our soul and the Universal Soul. Opens the chakras and energizes your higher awareness.
Waah Yantee, Kar Yantee,
Jag Dut Patee,
Aadak It Whaa-haa,
Brahmaaday Trayshaa Guroo
It Wha-hay Guroo
Great Macroself, Creative Self. All that is creative through time, all that is the Great One. Three aspects of God: Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh. That is Wahe Guru. This mantra is from the teachings of Patanjali. The practice of this mantra is the culmination of hundreds of years of prayer.
Ek Ong Kar
Nanak Hosee Bhee Sach
There is one Creator who created this creation. Truth is His name. He is the Doer of everything. He is fearless and revengeless, the Image of the infinite, unborn, self illumined, complete in the self. This is revealed by the True Guru's Grace. Meditate! This was true in the beginning. This was true through all the ages. This is true even now. Oh Nanak it is forever true.
Mul means root. This is the root mantra that begins the Siri Guru Granth Saahib, the Sikh scriptures and is the most condensed essence of the entire teachings of this holy book. It acts as a compass towards God.
This complete mantra has everything in it. It is a technology, a description and a technique. It forms the basis of the consciousness that we wish to develop and that exists in our very soul. The entire Mul Mantra is the highest of all mantras, and it contains in it the root of sound that is the basis for all effective mantras.
Great Truth Great Undying Great Undying Great Deathless Great Deathless Truth is His Name Deathless Image of God Great beyond description is His Wisdom
Yogi Bhajan called this the mantra for the aquarian age. When we chant it we affirm that we are timeless, deathless beings. This is one of the "Aquarian Sadhana" mantras. It is known for giving victory in all aspects of life.
It is said that when we are challenged in life there are three impulses we confront: One is to be alone/to withdraw, another to deny or fantasize about the future, another to live greedily or in scarcity instead of prosperously. This mantra is to help one overcome these tendencies and give courage and caliber.
Rakhay Rakhanahaar aap ubaariun
Gur kee pairee paa-eh kaaj savaariun
Hoaa aap dayaal manho na visaarium
Saadh janaa kai sung bhavajal taariun
Saakat nindak dusht khin maa-eh bidaariun
Tis saahib kee taayk
Naanak manai maa-eh
Jis simarat sukh ho-eh sagalay dookh jaa-eh
Translation: Oh Savior Lord, save us and take us across. Falling at the feet ofthe Guru, our works are embellished with perfection. You have become kind, merciful and compassionate. We do not forget You from our minds. In the company of the holy, we are carried across the terrifying world ocean. In an instant, You have destroyed the faithless cynics and slanderous enemies. That Lord and Master is my anchor and support. 0 Nanak hold firm in your mind. Remembering Him in meditation, happiness comes and all sorrows and pains simply vanish.
Rakhe Rakhanhaar is one of the seven mantras Yogi Bhajan assigned in 1991 (to help us transition into the Aquarian Age) for our morning sadhana. This is a Shabad of protection against all negative forces which move against one's walk on the path of destiny, both inner and outer.
Wahe or Wha-hay is an exclamation of ecstasy like Wow! Guru is teacher or guide. Gu means darkness and ru means light. Guru takes one from the darkness into the light.
Wah Hey Guru means ecstasy through consciousness, and works really well with repetitive actions like chopping food, walking and running or try to fall asleep.
Next time you are finding your thoughts overwhelming, just substitute the mantra and see how long you can refuse to be dragged away into obsessive thinking. Even if it is for just 3 minutes, the relief and calm that comes as a result is so wonderful. You gain perspective and decisions are easier, use the mantra to create a period of time where you do not think at all. Just turn the mantra over and over, refusing to enter into any thought that tries to hook you away from the simple repetition. It takes care of phobias, fears and neuroses, can remove unsettling thoughts from the past.
It can take a difficult situations in the present and release them into the hands of infinity and do it in 40 seconds.
Guru Guru Wahe Guru,
Guru Ram Das Guru
This mantra is one of humility. It opens the Heart Center (4th chakra) so that we can feel and effortlessly radiate universal love. We call on Guru Ram Das in praise of his spiritual guiding light and protective grace.
This is a mantra of self-healing, humility, relaxation, protective grace, and emotional relief. It calls on the spirit of humility and grace of Guru Ram Das. The Guru Mantra is an ashtang mantra. Ashtang mantras have eight parts. They catalyze the kundalini energy to initiate through your own effort and devotion. The first part of the mantra, Guru Guru Wahe Guru, projects the mind to the Infinite, the source of knowledge and ecstasy. The second part, Guru Ram Das Guru, means "the wisdom that comes as a servant of the Infinite." This mantra projects the mind to the Infinite and then brings finite guidance on a practical level
May the long time sun shine upon you,
all love surround you,
and the pure light within you,
guide your way on.
This is our ending Mantra for every class.