What is Aquarian Sadhana?
By Shantprem Kaur
“Wait, five A M?” I clarify as the beautiful woman all in white nods.
“Uh, are you sure it’s not five PM?” I question hopefully.
She smiles her angelic smile “Yes, I’m sure.”
"Yeah right," I think to myself. "You’ll never find me doing that. "
But, at 5 am the next morning I find myself awake and motivated by curiosity. I wander down the hall of the retreat center beckoned by a quiet murmuring. I crack the door, slide through the dimly lit room, and settle into the quiet chanting. A peace envelopes me and I know I am onboard for the next two and a half hours.
Later I learned more about what happened that morning. It was a full Aquarian Sadhana. A practice that, according to Kundalini Master Yogi Bhajan practicing the full Aquarian Sadhana will provide “intuition, stamina, both physical and mental, self-awareness, and a new depth of spiritual experience that can hold our identity in the face of global changes, relentless competition, information overload, and ecological and environmental challenges.”
The best way to find out what Aquarian Sadhana is and what it does is to just show up. You can read into what all the mantras mean, and even study the science behind Kundalini Yoga, but in the end it's always going to come back to your experience.
Here's what a traditional Aquarian Sadhana looks like (times may vary):
4am-4:20 Japji - an ancient spiritual text from the Sikh religion but not espousing any one faith. You can recite along or just sit meditatively and listen. It's beautiful! You can download Japji apps on your phone, or purchase a booklet from us.
4:20-5:00 Kundalini Yoga - an ancient form of yoga to get you breathing and moving before a long series of chants. You are welcome participate as much or as little as you choose.
5:00-6:30 Mantra chants to invoke the many benefits of meditation, increasing your vibration, and strengthening your nervous system. If you don't know them, don't worry, just humming along or listening is enough. (Or, if you're interested in really diving into the mantras, read the rest of our blog!)
Where can you find an Aquarian Sadhana? Check out your local Kundalini Yoga studio, or Ashram. Long Time Sun in Newport is offering 6 starting this Fall.
Show up, give yourself a shot, and enjoy the ride.