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You have the willpower and strength to kick bad habits for good. Find them with Kundalini Yoga.
One of the most powerful Kundalini kriyas, or sequences, for finding the strength to break bad habits is a series of 13 poses called the Advanced Abdominal Strengthening Kriya. In part, this combination of movements and breathwork gives you an exceptional core workout. On a deeper level, it activates the third chakra, the energy center at your navel that is the source of willpower, where transformation and empowerment start. When this energy vortex is active and balanced, you feel grounded; the need to reach outside yourself to feel better is quieted.
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Try this practice every day for the next 40 days—the amount of time it takes to encode a new pattern of behavior, according to Kundalini theory. Mornings are best, before you get pulled into the drama of the day. Make this kriya your new habit and you will see negative thinking, self-doubt, procrastination, and resentment—the feelings often underlying addictive behavior—slowly melt away and become replaced by contentment, fulfilment, freedom, and the strength to follow through on whatever resolutions or changes you want to make and keep in the new year.
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Begin by chanting the Kundalini Adi mantra three times: Ong namo guru dev namo (“I bow to the divine creative consciousness within, I bow to the teacher within”). Start slow, taking rests when you need to and gradually building up to the times given for each pose. Keep the eyes closed and focus on the third eye—the chakra or energy center between your eyebrows. Deepen your focus by mentally repeating Sat (truth) as you inhale, Nam (identity) as you exhale. Make sure to pause for at least 30 to 60 seconds after each pose.