A Kundalini Yoga Sequence to Find Your Courage

It takes creativity and fearlessness to adventure into our heart’s deepest desires, and this Kundalini Yoga practice can help you find both.
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It takes creativity and fearlessness to adventure into our heart’s deepest desires, and this Kundalini Yoga practice passed down by Yogi Bhajan, the master of Kundalini Yoga, can help you find both. Through energetic movements that activate and strengthen the lower nerve plexus—the area below the navel that houses our digestive organs, including the “gut” we’re so often told to follow—we can move vital energy up into the heart, making us feel stabler. This is particularly helpful as we face challenges and fears around stepping into the unknown. What’s more, the meditation at the end of this practice can help you rediscover who you truly are, and support you in pursuing your deepest, most heartfelt desires. It can also prompt you to fine-tune the goals you already have, enabling you to see where tweaks are needed and helping you stay the course when distractions inevitably arise.

Prep work
Say or chant Ong namo guru dev (rhymes with “save”) namo three times. This means “I bow to the teacher within” and is used at the beginning of every Kundalini practice to tune in to the divinity and knowledge in each of us.

Practice tips
1. Do the poses in order, trying not to skip any. You can, however, modify any posture to accommodate injuries or your present level of strength and flexibility.
2. Start slowly, taking rests when needed and gradually building up to the time given for each pose. Between poses, pause for at least 30 to 60 seconds of rest.