You might be asking yourself: Why in the world would I get up at that ridiculously early hour to do yoga and meditate? Let me explain …
Sadhana as described by Yogi Bhajan (the Yogi who introduced Kundalini Yoga to the West) is a daily discipline of the mind and body in service of the Soul. Sadhana keeps the mind clear to accurately guide our actions throughout the day from the perspective of our Soul. While a daily morning Sadhana practice can be challenging, even downright difficult, it produces amazing results which you will personally experience once you submit yourself to its powers. Through this daily practice of self-discipline, we will build our willpower, our confidence, and our ability to concentrate, allowing ourselves to express the power of Infinity within our body/mind. Infinity comes HOME to the container of this physical, finite, body which means that we will no longer be limited by our “wounded imprint”, our limiting beliefs, our Mistaken Identity. Our regular personal daily practice of Sadhana (yoga, meditation and related exercises) as we practice this together as soulful community, will reinforce the necessity of our own personal practice and will build the subtle powers of the Energy Body in order to magnify our Luminous Energy Field — which is where we attract our Soul’s destiny to be brought into fulfillment.
Kundalini Yoga teaches that in Sadhana, the nectar of Divine Love rains down. It is in Sadhana that we have a personal phenomenological experience with Infinity which expands our higher consciousness and connects our soul with the Universal Soul. This experience can not be dismissed or minimized because we personally know “it” to be true through a daily practice and subjective experience of something Beyond reality as we typically experience it. Through meditation, according to Yogi Bhajan, we clear our subconscious of fears and actually stop the power of fear in running (or ruining) our life. Given that the Soul knows no fear, we build our “muscle of fearlessness” and begin to harness courage, personal power, strength of will and movement into ecstasy, joy and bliss. You will find your way from the realm of finite ego to the realm of higher consciousness, and you will have the experience of total relaxation into mental happiness & contentment.
Sadhana – as a conscious activity — creates a ritual which demarks a time each day to notice the patterns that lead away from a higher consciousness and teaches us how to transcend those patterns. We consciously choose to rise up, to exercise the body and to meditate. Each day is different. Each day we are different. Motivation waxes and wanes. But through all the flux of life, through all the variations of the mind and heart, we consciously choose to maintain a constant and regular practice. To exercise before sunrise is important because the angle of the sun to the earth is very good for meditation. Also, there is much prana in these hours, and the body rhythms are more set to support physical cleansing than during the rest of the day.
The hectic lifestyle of modern civilization can mindlessly induce a split from nature’s rhythms and consequently from the natural attunement to our inner life. This can leave a split that runs between the two sides of our brain and leaves dualities in the body’s energy flow, blocking our ability to manifest our true psychic powers.