Letting Go of Stress

Start Date: 22nd April
End Date: 31st May
Teacher: Ramdesh Kaur

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Eight-Stroke Breath for Energy and Stress Release

Excerpt From: Yogi Bhajan. “Praana, Praanee, Praanayam: Exploring the Breath Technology of Kundalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan ®.

“Sit in any comfortable meditative posture with a straight spine, chin in, chest lifted. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breath. Inhale through the nose in eight equal strokes. Exhale through the nose in one deep and powerful stroke. 11 Minutes.

To Finish: Inhale deeply, hold the breath 5-10 seconds, and exhale. Inhale deeply, hold the breath 15-20 seconds and roll your shoulders. Exhale powerfully. Inhale deeply, hold the breath 15-20 seconds, and this time roll your shoulders as fast as you can. Exhale and relax.

The eight strokes will make you watch and count the breath and that will force you to relate to your breath. Best procedure is that you do this exercise every evening. Eleven minutes a day of eight-stroke breathing can give you enough energy to balance your (daily) consumption of (praanic) life and take you out of stress. Is it possible? Do you have eleven minutes?”

After your pranayam meditation, lie down and listen to Ramdesh Kaur's "Guided Meditation for Stress Relief" featuring the music of Ashana. Allow yourself to consciously relax. This is an optional practice, but consciously relaxing is extremely important for health and well-being, and tremendous rejuvenation can come by doing a guided meditation, especially for those new to meditation.

This practice can be done either morning or night, but would be especially beneficial right before bedtime.

Remember to tune in with the mantra "Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo" three times before beginning your practice of Kundalini yoga. It is perfectly fine to fall asleep during the guided meditation. Don't worry about doing it wrong! The goal is to relax and release stress, so allow yourself to do so in whatever way serves you best.


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