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Kundalini Yoga – Mantras to Overcome Depression

 

One of the biggest challenges we face today is depression. So many people feel overwhelmed, over-worked, and chronically tired. The leading cause of depression is stress. Stress induced by all the elements of our modern world, information overload, constant stimulation, and rapid change. The body’s natural response to stress is to calm or ‘depress’ the nerves. If left unmanaged, this depression slows down our body’s systems and causes fluctuations in our moods and decreases our motivation. Depression also effects us in an energetic way; it weakens our aura and the electromagnetic field around the heart leaving us susceptible to toxic behaviors and environments.

Kundalini Yoga: Freeing Your Energy to Defeat Depression

 

When a person is are feeling at his or her best, the energy in the body is flowing freely through the spine, body and limbs, and through the chakras. If the energy gets stuck or blocked, that person can suffer from physical ailments and depression. Kundalini Yoga helps to keep the pranic (life – force) energy moving which boosts a person’s self-esteem, elevates their mood, and allows them to maintain their motivation through the cold and dark winter months.

Kundalini Yoga: Kriya for SAD and Depression

 

Naturally, during the winter months we tend to want to sleep more and eat heartier foods. If we follow cues from the natural world, we see that winter is actually the time for doing less. If we are aware of the earth’s rhythms, we can tap into this yin energy and turn inward for self reflection. Yet, for many people, (myself included) this change can leave someone feeling at a sense of loss. With the technology available to us to “go – go – go” and “do” 24 hours a day, seven days a week, “not doing” can make a person feel unproductive, without purpose, and depressed. Seasonally Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression usually experienced during the fall through winter months. The lack of sunlight and the cold temperatures can affect a person’s moods and overall motivation. Kundalini Yoga has many great kriyas to counter this depression and help a person maintain a steady level of mood and motivation throughout the winter season and beyond.

Kundalini Horoscope: January 18 – January 24, 2016

 

Remember that Mercury is still retrograde throughout this entire week. Retrograde Mercury suggests that it is a good time to go back and review, reflect, and re-do. Consider past relationships and loose ends that need to be re-addressed and sorted out. Look through old picture albums, clean out your closet, and take a moment to reflect on the past and pat yourself on the back for what you have accomplished. At the same time, be patient when communication mishaps arise. This is the time when missed messages, unclear driving directions, and printer malfunctions are more common than usual. This is a time to collect on old debts, and not a time to make financial deals or sign contracts.

Japji Sahib with the Master’s Touch: An Audio Recording

 

It was the winter of 2003, a year and a half before Kundalini Yoga Master, Yogi Bhajan, would leave his body. Yogi Bhajan also held the title of Siri Singh Sahib, Chief Religious and Administrative Authority for Sikh Dharma of the Western Hemisphere. In the last years before he transitioned from the earth, Yogi Bhajan lived in his geodesic dome on his ranch in Espanola, New Mexico. He was basically bed ridden. A kidney transplant in 2002 extended his life, but he never walked on his own again after the operation. During that time, besides his family and key staff, it was difficult for people to make appointments and see him. Yet it was during this phase of his life that I had the tremendous blessing of working with him on an English translation of Guru Nanak’s Japji Sahib, the Song of the Soul.