As a Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Meditative Healer, and mother—Onkar Ryan is devoted to deep healing of the self through meditation, breath, yoga, mantra, and relaxation. She’s both a teacher and friend to Miranda and has kindly written her daily guide on how to find balance within.
Being able to find tools to maintain balance within our self is essential in today’s fast-paced world. From my personal experience of practicing yoga and meditation for the last 15 years, I have learned that everything in our external world is a reflection of our inner world. To achieve the calm we desire in our everyday lives, it is essential to create it first within ourselves.
Below are some helpful practices which you can incorporate on a daily basis to feel more balanced and joyful:
A prayerful heart = A prayerful mind.
Here is an example of a short prayer to use daily to keep your heart and mind balanced throughout your day.
“I pray for peace within me, peace around me, and peace to all I meet. I pray for love and kindness within me, love and kindness around me, and love and kindness to all I meet. May I be peace, love, and kindness.”
Affirmations are a great way to keep the mind positive. Your thoughts are powerful and it is important to maintain positive thoughts and feelings about yourself. Here is an example of a simple affirmation to keep you in a flow of gratitude.
Close your eyes and recite this (out loud or silently for 3 mins):
“I am Healthy, Happy, and at Ease.”
Here is a great Kundalini Meditation to Balance the Emotions:
To begin you’ll chant – “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo.”
Meaning “I call on infinite creative consciousness, I call on divine wisdom.”
Sit in a cross-legged position on the floor or in a chair with the feet flat on the floor) bring the left thumb and index finger touching and resting on the left knee.
Bring the right hand up to nose level, fingers together and pointed up.
Use the thumb to close the right nostril as you inhale deeply through the left nostril.
Then use your little finger to block the left nostril as you exhale deeply through the right nostril.
Continue for 3 – 10 min. At the end, you’ll chant “Satnam.”
I encourage you to add at least one of these practices into your daily routine. Give it one-two weeks of commitment and enjoy the amazing results!
Onkar is a Kundalini yoga student, teacher, and meditative healer. She has been practicing Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, since 2006 and began teaching in the summer of 2008. She has lived in Alabama, Colorado and now resides in Los Angeles, California. Onkar’s classes focus on the deep healing of the self through meditation, breath, yoga, mantra, and relaxation.