Mantra Marathon:

Kirtan Kriya

Saturday, 26 October 2019, 1-4pm

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Want to pull in all the loose ends, focus, and concentrate? Here’s a mantra to help you consolidate and change your habits. This mantra is a catalyst for change. So don’t be surprised if your spiritual cleansing process is vastly accelerated.
— Shakti Parwha Kaur

Mantra Marathon: Kirtan Kriya

Saturday, 26 October 2019, 1-4pm

On this afternoon, we'll come together to practice Kirtan Kriya for 2 1/2 hours. Haridev Kaur will facilitate. We’ll begin with a few warm-ups and end with a relaxation after the meditation.

This practice clears the subconscious and balances the psyche, the aura and the hemispheres of the brain. It is the most researched meditation of the Kundalini Yoga tradition and according to the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation, has been shown in studies to:

  • Reduce Stress

  • Reverse memory loss

  • Decrease depression

  • Increase energy

  • Improve mood and sleep

  • Lengthen telomeres, the end of chromosomes that control ageing

  • Reduce inflammation

  • Turn on the good genes, turn off the bad genes

  • Create a healthy anti-ageing effect on the brain

How to do Kirtan Kriya:

Kirtan Kriya is practised with a straight spine, in a comfortable seated position, with hands on the knees.

Chant the Panj Shabad: Saa Taa Naa Maa, which means infinity, life, death/change, rebirth. As each syllable is chanted, successively press the pointer (saa), middle (taa), ring (naa) and pinkie (maa) fingers to the thumb of both hands. Visualise the sounds coming in through the crown of the head and out the brow point in an L-shape. Begin chanting out loud, then whisper, then silently chant, go back to a whisper and finish the session out loud. Each section takes an equal amount of time, except for the silent portion, which is double. (For example: 5 mins out loud, 5 whisper, 10 silent, 5 whisper, 5 out loud. ) Finish by sitting in silence for one minute. Then inhale, exhale and stretch the spine, bring the arms overhead with the fingers wide and take several deep breaths. Then relax.

Everyone is welcome to join this mantra marathon, regardless of prior experience with Kundalini Yoga or with long meditations. If you feel uncertain about or a little intimidated by the thought of meditating for such a long period of time, you might find helpful our recent article about rising to the challenge of a 2 ½ hour meditation. Click here to read the article.

Saturday, 26 October 2019, 1-4pm

This mantra marathon is being offered by donation.

Any amount is welcome and you may contribute anonymously.

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