Monday, August 22, 2011


Life has such an ebb and flow. One minute you can be riding the wave, the next minute you are under the wave. One minute you can feel safe and secure in your life, and the next minute you can feel totally threatened by something.

I find that when I meditate it helps me to separate myself from the sting of something to realize that it is all coming from God's Divine Will. Usually the most emotionally charged things aren't really that big of a deal anyway. It is our own emotions, our own feelings that must pass through us one way or another. As the ups and downs of life happen to me I am learning to be alright with it and stay centered.

This past week I was given the gift of realizing that there is a great yoga posture that can really help me to stay centered. I'd like to share it with you.

It is Stretch Pose!!!

This is one of the most powerful postures in all of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Lie on your back. Raise your head up six inches, your feet up six inches, point your hands towards your feet and begin a powerful breath of fire. Breath of fire is a rapid breath through the nose. Do this Stretch Pose for as long as you can! I suggest going for one minute at least. When I do this posture in the morning as a part of my Kundalini Yoga set it completely anchors me into my navel center. From this place I feel less reactive, more positive, and stronger on every level. This posture harnesses and concentrates your "Chi", the energy that is naturally at your navel center. The more navel based exercises you do the more this Chi is available for you physically, and mentally. It will give you the key to staying centered and balanced in your life. There are many navel excersizes that help increase your Chi. Stretch pose is one of the quickest and most powerful ones that I have ever experienced.

It is better to take a break from Stretch Pose if you are pregnant or in your menstrual cycle.

I have practiced this posture my whole life, but last week I had a "ah ha" moment. I realized that this exercise can keep me centered, and that I am very grateful for it in my life. These kind of moments I find are precious, because someone can tell you how good something is for you, but it is not until you get it on a deep level inside that the "ah ha" moment happens.

Please see this link to the Ten Bodies Yoga Set that has Stretch Pose as the very first exercise. I love this yoga set too! It is a great morning tune up and the first set that I got hooked on as a teenager.

May this blog serve you in some way to help strengthen your navel and perhaps have your own "ah ha" moment.

Sat Nam,

Snatam Kaur

Great step.
Thank you so much Snatam for this blog! You are a great inspiration and teacher for me, particularly through your songs and the things you say at your concerts. I am grateful I found this blog today via Facebook! I am not very familiar with kundalini yoga, but I will try this stretch pose and the set of poses you recommended. Heartfelt thanks and Sat Nam. Joelle
greetings lovely lady. I feel blessed to have stubbled across your blog. You have brought such a beautiful energy into my home with your wonderful gift of song. For this I am grateful. I even meditate to your music and find myself chanting sacred in the shower while cleansing. I asked the universe for some yoga knowledge and came across your blog and kundalini yoga. I guess the universe always does provide for us. Much gratitude for sharing your wisdom and light. sarah x0x
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