Snatam Kaur is a teacher and musician in the Kundalini yoga tradition, known for her bestselling kirtan albums (you’ve definitely heard her popular recording, "Longtime Sun"). As a practicing Kundalini yogi, she follows a structured series of morning practices, which include donning all white and chanting while wearing a head covering. While you might not be ready to introduce sartorial elements into your meditation practice, here, she shares the Kundalini morning rituals that can help you face each day with peace and joy.
One name for any spiritual practice done with dedication is Sādhanā. I have practiced Sādhanā in one shape or form for most of my life. Now, at 42 years old, am I an enlightened being? Well, hardly. However, I remember my spiritual teacher, Yogi Bhajan (who brought Kundalini yoga to the West in 1968 and was both my parents' and my teacher) saying, “If you want to be enlightened, be a light!” And while I can’t read auras, or read your mind, or know what will happen to me tomorrow, or even why it happened to me yesterday, I do have a light to tap into, every day. This light brings me tremendous joy and peace, and is without a doubt my saving grace. It gives me a way to shift my inner paradigm toward my dharma: to live in service to all through my life, my work, and my being.
In 1992, Yogi Bhajan offered the Aquarian Sādhanā to help us thrive and remain balanced in a world with ever-increasing information, technology, and sources of stress and pressure. The Sādhanā includes a wake-up routine, a recitation, yoga, chanting, prayer, and finally a conscious act of surrendering to the Divine. Drawing from that, the following tips are some simple yet totally effective morning yogic techniques to help you enjoy living in your body temple.