Welcome to this moment. Rest the body and the breath.
You may experience life in chaos at times. It shows up in many shapes and forms. Obvious as well as subtle, even habitual and other gradual. No matter what challenges you are facing in life, know the source of your pain comes from within.
Live well in your inner peace, in your inner strength. And when you feel weak, call on your soul, your friend. To start, sit down, and breathe one breath per minute. In exactly thirty seconds your soul will start communicating with you. – Yogi Bhajan
Below we list 3 easy steps to finding inner peace when you feel disrupted during the day.
Step 1. Pause
Unlike the continuous flow of movement in many types of yoga, Kundalini Yoga includes a request to pause. The Sympathetic Nervous System is our ‘fight or flight’ response to stressors. Our busy schedules as well as unhealthy patterns keep us feeling on edge, and many of us get stuck in this all day long. When we pause… we begin the process of turning on the Parasympathetic Nervous System instead, which aids our ability to ‘rest and digest’.
Bring awareness down into the heart or the belly and see if you can be present more fully where you are now. This calming will support the opening of intuition offering some new directions to resolve challenges you’re processing.
Step 2. Focus on Your Breath
Breathing deeply aids in triggering the Parasympathetic Nervous System. While resting between exercises, the muscles also have a chance to relax, the heart rate slows down, and stress begins to melt away. The more Parasympathetic Nervous System training you give yourself on the mat, the more you can access the relaxation response in daily life off of the mat.
Start by filling the abdomen, expanding the chest, and then finally lifting the upper ribs. Exhale by reversing, expelling the air from the top down. The last stage is to exhale from the abdominal region, pulling the navel point back towards the spine. If this is very challenging for you, practice on your spine so you can feel and see the parts of your lungs in action.
You can also try The Self Care Breath Kriya.
Step 3. Reflect
Simply pay attention to and enjoy the experience of this moment.
Mantra: My mind is calm and my body is relaxed.
Peace is a force, a universal energy, inside of you, it vibrates in every cell of your body.
Looking for more information on inner peace for sleeping well? Enjoy a quick and easy pranayama and meditation practice you can do in bed to soothe a restless mind. It will tranquilize your mind and calm your heart and prepare you for a deep sleep.–