True is an artist, writer, musician, mystic, healer, counselor and teacher, whose classes focus on just BE-ing in each breath, posture, movement and moment.
Song of Solstice: Kirtan Kriya & the Full Cancer Moon
With a full moon in Cancer in the wake of the Winter Solstice, we conclude our Kirtan Kriya series. The full moon and the darkening of the day invite us to find the light within us and keep it shining bright. Cancer invites us to tune back in to our own origins, our home and family. It calls on nurturing and nourishment. And as we go into the Christmas season, we are invited to hold our higher vibration and heal others simply by being and radiating out to those family members and friends around us.
We use the Sa Ta Na Ma mantra in a kriya set that works on our liver, colon and stomach, followed by a variation on the classic Kirtan Kriya that includes visualizations given by Yogi Bhajan that give greater depth to our understanding and experience of this foundational meditation.
Featured track: Kirtan Kriya by Good Vibes Collective
Song of Solstice: Kirtan Kriya & Winter Solstice
We go "Deep in the Rhythm of You" to celebrate Winter Solstice (here in the Northern Hemisphere). We discuss the significance of the day and the Solstice Season, rooted in both religious and pagan traditions. "Solstices are a chance to still ourselves inside to behold the glory of the cosmos, and to take a breath with the sacred." (T. Thorne Coyle).
In honor of the day and our continuing Kirtan Kriya series, we meditate with a primal, rhythmic version of the meditation. We stimulate and adjust our body and mind with our kriya set, then return to the deep rhythms of nature and ourselves with a powerful meditation that calls on the pagan rhythms of dancing, then sits us down to be present in stillness.
Featured track: Tantric Tabla by Harimander.
Song of Solstice: the Science of Kirtan Kriya
Continuing our Kirtan Kriya series, we look at the scientific research being done on the Kundalini meditation. Kundalini Yoga & Meditation is a science and technology unto itself, with predictable effects that have been proven through millennia. While modern western medicine is rooted in the physical world, and does not always recognize the spiritual component, there are more and more studies and programs that include yoga and meditation as doctors learn the positive effects of such practices.
Studies on the meditation by the Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation and UCLA (among others) over the last fifteen+ years have shown provable results from doing the Kirtan Kriya meditation in as little as eight weeks. Results show improved memory and sleep; reduced stress and depression; enhanced brain blood flow, brain size and brain chemistry; even our DNA is affected, improving our immune system and reversing aging. Spiritual and psychological well-being is enhanced, leading to clarity of purpose and peace of mind.
Psychology Today and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have both reported on the profound results of these studies. Interestingly, the Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation's study has found that approximately 70% of Alzheimer's patients and caregivers are women, so this meditation is even more important for them. Please go online and research some of the studies that have been done to get a fuller understanding of the benefits of this amazing meditation.
Today, we use our Kundalini science to focus on the Nervous System with our kriya, then meditate with a Kirtan meditation meant FOR WOMEN ONLY to Balance the Moon Centers. Men are invited to do the Cross Hearted Kirtan variation instead.
Featured track: Cross Heart Kirtan Kriya by Nirinjan Kaur
Song of Solstice: the Kirtan of Kirtan Kriya
Kirtan Kriya is sometimes called the "singing meditation", in that Kirtan is a sanskrit word that references the telling or musical sharing of an idea or story, typically in a spiritual or devotional setting.
Today's class in the Kirtan Kriya series focuses on the kirtan of the kriya; the musical aspect. "When mind, body and soul praise the God, it is called kirtan. And whosoever shall do kirtan shall always have a happy soul, satisfied soul," said Yogi Bhajan. "Bhajan", incidentally, is another form of music, closely related to Kirtan, though more free-form in nature. It literally means "sharing". The vocalization, as the melody, creates a waveform that we instill into our body and mind.
We synchronize mind and body with our kriya set in preparation for a Kirtan meditation that balances our Projection with Intention.
Featured track: Tera Naam's "Sa Ta Na Ma" (12 minute version)
Song of Solstice: Kirtan Kriya – Connecting Head and Heart
We continue with our series on Kirtan Kriya and its variations. The Kirtan mantra, "Sa Ta Na Ma", is rooted in the mantra "Sat Nam" and our vibrational identity. It is a potent mantra and meditation that cuts through to the purest truth. We talk about the meaning of the mantra sounds, experience the nuances of the Kirtan mudras and discuss some of the cautions of the meditation as well as some solutions, including wearing a white head wrap to help contain the energy.
Today's Kirtan variation lowers the energies into the Heart Center with the Cross Hearted Kirtan Kriya. We'll begin with a kriya set for our Magnetic Field and Heart Center.
Featured Track: Snatam Kaur's "Sa Ta Na Ma"
Song of Solstice: Kirtan Kriya
We begin a week-long series featuring the variations of Kirtan Kriya. This meditation has been instrumental in True's personal practice and healing, and is a personal favorite of hers. It is quite deservedly the focus of numerous ongoing studies that verify the potency of this simple meditation that calls on the nuclear sounds of the bij (seed) mantra "Sa Ta Na Ma", which describes the cycle of life and gives us power over the elements.
Yogi Bhajan said that Kirtan Kriya is the most important kriya in all of Kundalini Yoga. "If you can do only one meditation - this is it. It does everything for you and in the proper order. Over a period of time, it can be your best friend." Kirtan Kriya increases your intuition, balances the hemispheres of the brain, and creates a destiny for someone who is not connected to their destiny.
We prepare our nervous system and balance our blood with a short kriya in preparation for a 31 minute meditation of the Classic Kirtan Kriya.
Featured track: Nirinjan Kaur's Kirtan Kriya (Long Version).
The rhythms of the planet reflect the rhythms within our own bodies. In the wake of the California fires, we recognize the natural rhythms in counterpoint to our own material world priorities. Nature itself creates fire in order to renew. So too does Kundalini Yoga create smaller stressors for us so that we are better able to handle the bigger stresses when they come along.
Today's kriya set and meditation let us experience the rhythms and waves in our own bodies so that we may be more aware of the nature of our selves.
Gurus & Saints (All Saints Day)
In honor of All Saint's Day, we look at the way saints are defined in and by religion, and the perhaps more direct experience that Kundalini Yogis are able to achieve of saints and sainthood via our teachers and gurus... and even ourselves.
The class was invited to wear white today (for those who don't...) so that they might experience the radiance and expansion white provides for our aura and presence. And we play the 30th Pauri - Eka Mai, which "places you upon the throne of divinity and makes you into a sage and a saint."
Our kriya set today detoxifies us, and we meditate with an Exercise to Simply Make You a Saint.
The Hallowed Hallows of Halloween
It's Halloween, and we look at some of the history and significance of the three day observance of the holiday that calls on both religious and pagan traditions.
"Hallow" means "saint", referencing the holy nature of something, someplace or someone. However, in honoring specific people, places or things with this endowment, we create separation between the potential of that state of being and anything else, including ourselves.
Everything is connected; all is one. And we must remember the divinity within all so that we can help remind others that they too are connected to and responsible for a sacred planet and Self.
We renew ourselves with our kriya, then work with the thinning of the veils between ether and earth with a meditation for Supernatural Powers.
Yogic Lifestyle – Food Medicine
We're talking the Yogic Lifestyle and Food Medicine today. "We are spirits in the material world." Our body is a living temple of God which requires certain things to keep it functioning well. Food is a major fuel for our body/mind/soul system.
As we tune in to our higher body/mind intelligence, intuitive cooking and eating provides what we may innately need in nutrients and energies that our conscious mind may not even be aware of. Also discussed - the timing of meals and digestion, eating meat, the sensory pleasure of food, conscious preparation of meals, and farm to table conscious eating.
Ayurvedic food types can help us identify the energies and effects of our foods in the Sun, Ground and Earth foods. And we note some of the pro and con foods we should and should not be bringing into our body temple.
We focus on our health today with the Optimum Health kriya set, and a meditation to heal our physical, mental and spiritual bodies.
Rolling in the Deep with Venus – the Morning & Evening Star
As we roll in the deep of Scorpio, Venus shifts in her retrograde from Evening Star to Morning Star. Her characteristics and energies change from "evening lady" to "morning warrior", so this astrological talk calls on Venus energies to help us navigate our own life path.
There's a deep, dark element of Scorpio that can bring up our fears, so we'll do a Kriya to Relax and Release Fear, followed by a meditation on the life current of our heart to connect us to Venus' love energy.
Once Upon a Space Time: Waking the Sleeping Princess
We look at the archetypes of fairy tales, in which we seek how the sleeping princess is being awakened... "From Damsel to Damn, Girl!"
Yogi Bhajan taught about the importance of women coming into their strength and sense of power. But what girls and women have been taught for centuries, thanks to the fairy tale archetypes we grew up on, has been something quite different. There is an evolution of the damsel in distress who needed to be rescued by her heroic knight or prince to a more modern vision of a warrior woman with intelligence, courage and strength... and her own auric shining armor, quite capable of owning herself and living the regal quality within her.
In honor of our princesses, we do a kriya set to make us enchantingly beautiful, then meditate with the Lotus Eyes Kriya to help us see the beauty and bounty of our soul.
Children of Ether & Earth
On a rainy day in California, we talk about climate change and the effects we may be witnessing in our lifetimes here on planet Earth.
There's a beautiful poem by Chameli Ardagh that begins: "Loyal to a father who is afraid of the dark, we have made spirituality into a grand escape plan, yet another way to judge and reject the mother...". We are children of both ether and earth, and must be responsible for our spiritual essence AND the physical world we inhabit. As Yogi Bhajan said, "Today is for tomorrow."
Helping to raise awareness, we'll raise kundalini in quick order with our kriya set, then call on control of the elements with a variation on the Kirtan Kriya meditation.
Competing with Myself
Comparison and competition are hallmarks of the Piscean Age, which has seen us standardized in ways that tend to ignore our individuality. The Aquarian Age calls on us to recognize our creativity and leadership abilities that allow us to be seen - and to see ourselves - as individuals with our own unique gifts. Victory comes from us improving ourselves, not for sake of comparison or competition with others, but so that we might embody our potential to become the best versions of ourselves.
We'll emphasize this in both our kriya set and meditation as we Develop Our Power so that we might Win over ourselves.
The eQ – Equity
Our eQ series concludes with the word "Equity", recognizing fairness as well as the investment we make into something. All we can truly own is ourself; anything else is but a reflection of us. We discuss how spiritual seeking can lead us way in to or way out of ourselves - either of which can take our minds and bodies out of balance.
Kundalini provides a "natural high" that keeps the control of our connection to the divine within our own beings, without giving power over to drugs, alcohol or plant medicines. It is important that we recognize and own our own choices and behavior, and remember that there is a consEQuence for every sEQuence we set in motion.
We work with balance in both our kriya set and meditation today - of energies, emotions and metabolism - so that we may know how to come back into balance when life takes us out of it.
The eQ – Equanimity
Our eQ series word of the day is "Equanimity", which means having an even mind; a state of psychological stability or composure. The current political events are providing an excellent reflection of this (or lack of it), with the ownership (or lack thereof) of our own behavior. And our ability to call ourselves and others on bad behavior so that there might be responsibility and ownership of our actions for the betterment of self and all. The Aquarian Age is calling us back into truth, and the Neutral Mind helps us to see things from a balanced place.
We strengthen our will today, bringing balance to the third chakra in our kriya set, followed by a pranayama meditation that balances our brain and metabolism.