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Season 1 - Episode 9

Day 5: Unleashing Creativity

30 min - Practice
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In Day 5 of your Kundalini Challenge, we focus on one of the greatest gifts we have as human beings - Creativity. Sukhdev will lead you through the Diving for the Blue Pearl kriya to help you slow down, get quiet, and tune in to your creative abundance. Infuse your energetic practice into your entire being with the “Ma” mantra, while Sukhdev accompanies on the harmonium. You will feel enlivened, receptive, and centered.
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Jan 01, 2020
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Welcome to day five, unleashing your creativity. Would love to know how you're doing so far. What's been coming up for you? What have you noticed? Are you feeling more energized?

Are you releasing old patterns? Please feel free to share on the forum so we can hear and respond to you. So today we're working on unleashing the power of the Kundalini Yoga energy to really channel that energy towards creativity. Allowing for creativity is a balance of the emotions, the physical body, and the spiritual and mental bodies all feeling somewhat in alignment. So here with this Kriya, we're going to really invigorate and open up those centers, especially working on the throat center, the throat chakra, which is the seat of expression and the seat of creativity.

And that energy is going to be stimulating and opening up parts of the brain that can really trigger our creativity. Creativity is a function of intuition and applied intelligence. And that's exactly what we create with these different breath patterns, with mantra, with the way that we move our bodies as we create a particular rhythmic intelligence within the brain. That's why you can feel after Kriya or Pranayama or mantra so enlivened and so open and receptive. So without further ado, let us begin.

We'll tune in with Aung Namo Guru Dev Namo, just do a few warm ups and go right into our beautiful Kriya. It's one of my favorites. It's called Diving for the Blue Pearl. Let's begin by rubbing the palms of the hands and we'll tune in with Aung Namo Guru Dev Namo. Place them at the center of the heart and allow that creative intention to just seed itself at your brow point as we inhale to begin.

Aung Namo Guru Dev Namo Aung Namo Guru Dev Namo Aung Namo Guru Dev Namo Deep inhale and exhale. Let's grab the shins and just do a few spinal flexes just to warm up the spine. Inhale and exhale. You always want to feel very connected to your sit bones while you do spinal flexes. So you're inhaling up on the sit bones, opening the heart and exhale back on the sit bones and you're really allowing the navel to drive this movement.

Inhale and exhale. Let's grab the shoulders, fingers and front thumbs in the back. Inhale, spinal twist, inhale left, exhale right. And inhale center. Exhale.

Bring your hands onto your knees and you're going to push up shoulder shrugs to the ears. Exhale down. Gonna hold and exhale. Do just a little rolling of the head around one side, doesn't matter which side you start on. Just gently roll the head around giving your neck a nice stretch as we'll be working a lot on the higher centers today and the other side.

And inhale deep, exhale. This is a very rare crea. You won't find this around. It's called diving for the blue pearl. It's very specific, it's very potent.

It's one of my personal favorite so I'm very happy to share it with you today. We'll begin by bringing up the right hand, the right thumb to the right nostril. We're simply going to inhale deeply as we visualize the energy coming down the left channel of the spine. And as you exhale through the left nostril you're going to visualize the energy coming up the central channel of the spine. Let's begin.

Bring your right thumb to the right nostril, fingers straight up, and we're just going to inhale and exhale out of the left nostril long and deep. And begin, close the eyes, focus at the brow point. Keep going, I'll just talk through a few things while you do that. So the aim here is to slow the breath down as much as you can. And you're visualizing as you inhaling the light of the left channel of the spine going down and then you're bringing the energy up the central spinal cord as you exhale.

So inhale, left of the spine energy goes down, exhale right into the central channel of the spine called the shushmana. And here we're really moving and stimulating the creative energy, the creative flow. Stay steady, nice and focused at the brow point and just relax into this breath. Keep visualizing that beautiful energy going down and then coming back up. Down with the inhale, up with the exhale.

Breathe out, wow. And inhale deep. And exhale. Lovely. Now come onto rock pose.

This is going to be a lovely visualization which I'm going to take you through and I'll show you the posture and then I'll come back up and take you through the visualization while you stay in the posture. Forehead to the ground in rock pose and bring the hands in prayer pose right in front of you. So you're here and please just stay here as I walk you and talk you through this beautiful visualization. So you're going to take a deep inhale. Now please hold the breath and feel the energy come in through the base of the spine and visualize the colors of the chakras.

Red, orange, yellow, green at the heart, blue at the throat, electric blue at the third eye, violet at the crown. And now as you exhale visualize all of the colors exploding into white light all around you as if you're watching yourself from above. Let's go through that cycle a few times. Inhale deep. Hold the breath, see the red energy at the base, the orange at the second, yellow at the third, solar plexus, green at the heart chakra, blue at the throat, electric blue at the brow and violet at the crown.

And now as you exhale feel the white light pouring all around you. Again inhale deep, hold the breath, feel the red energy at the base, the orange at the second, the yellow sun at the navel, the solar plexus, the green at the heart, the blue at the throat, the electric blue at the brow and violet at the crown. As you exhale shower this white light all over yourself as if you're seeing yourself from above. Deepen and lengthen the breath, inhale deep, hold the breath, see the red energy at the base, the orange at the second, yellow at the third, green at the fourth, blue at the fifth, electric blue at the brow point and violet at the crown and exhale and allow the white beautiful purifying energy to wash all over you. A few more times, inhale deep, hold the breath, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, electric blue and violet at the crown, exhale, bathe, shower yourself in this beautiful white light inhale deep, hold the breath, feel the buoyancy of the red at the base, orange, yellow, green, blue, electric blue, violet at the crown and exhale and explode into white lights and relax for just a moment before you come back up.

Now please gently bring yourself back up and come into an easy pose and I'll demonstrate this beautiful next movement which will really open up the throat center. Many of the creative blocks we experience are at the seat of expression, the throat chakra. Hansa and Guillaume Mudra, we begin here and we're going to start with inhaling, looking to the left and exhaling, bring the arms up, looking to the right. Inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale and keep going. Rise at the bra point please.

Inhale, exhale, exhale, exhale, exhale. Stay with it, enjoy it, there's a little burn that happens in the shoulders but it's just so good to release that tension all around the upper, the highest centers which allow this energy to move to the brain and open up the centers of the brain that allow true creativity to flow. And inhale center, hold the breath, project at the bra points and exhale, relax, just feel into the experience of this Kriya, diving for the blue pearl. Let's now come into rock pose and continue, just a few more movements, these are the most challenging three movements so just stay with it and you're just going to feel the wonderful benefits of this when we're done. So bring the base of the mounts, the mercury mounts we call them together, you're going to straighten the arms and open the palms to receive and here you're leaning back just about 30 degrees, you're going to drop the head back, you're going to open the eyes, look at the ceiling and begin a breath of fire.

Keep going, keep going, see if you can keep the eyes open, unblinking, really channel the energy upwards, keep pumping the navel and feel, even though it feels like pressure around the throat and the shoulders, you're opening, you're opening to your creative abundance. Keep up, we're nearly there. Inhale deep and exhale, good, good little challenge. Okay, so now this is perfect because we do the complete opposite movement that really helps us to work this out. So here we are with Venus lock behind the back and we're going to drop the head down so we're stretching out from the previous movement and bring your arms parallel to the ground if you can or as high up as you can.

Drop the head, keep the spine very straight, there's no real leaning forward, you're keeping as straight as you can, breath of fire. Keep going, see if you can challenge yourself with this opening, we're opening again, we're working on all those higher centers. That breath of fire will really help you to activate your energy and open up those channels that will allow for that creativity to spark in the higher centers of the brain. Okay, keep going, we're nearly there. Inhale deep and exhale, gently relax, you might just want to move the shoulders around, move the head around a little bit, that should feel just lovely.

And let's come back into an easy pose. So here we're going into the real final beautiful breath that's going to open you up further to receive, you know, creativity is such a gift but it's so connected to again that rhythmic intelligence and that intuition and that deep relaxation because when we're relaxed we can receive the really the downloads, right? So here we're going to further go into this. So make the peace sign but close the fingers and you're going to touch the middle fingers and the index fingers, the rest of the fingers are curled in. You're right at the throat center, the shoulders are relaxed and this is the breath pattern through the nose.

You're going to inhale for about three seconds, you're going to hold for about five and you're going to exhale slow for between 10 and 15 seconds, I'll start you off with 10. So just follow me, bring your eyes closed at the brow point, release the breath, through the nose, inhale, 1, 2, 3, hold, 2, 3, 4, 5, slowly exhale, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Exhale, 2, 3, hold, 2, 3, 4, 5, slowly exhale, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Let's keep going together. Exhale, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 19, 19, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 34, 35, 36, 36, 37, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 42, 43, 44, 45, 45, 45, 46, 46, 47, 48, 48, 45, 46, 47, 48, 45, 46, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 46, 45, 49, 46, 47, 47, 49, 48, 49, 49, 49, 51, 45, Py vandalism because what it does is it connects you to the blue ethers and this actually can be practiced in and of by itself just this pranayama. So you're sticking the tongue in a U out of the mouth in this way. If you can't do that it's genetic and it's okay just imagine you're sipping on a straw so you would pucker your lips and we're going to inhale through the curl tongue as long as you can and then close the mouth and exhale out of the nose. Very relaxing breath totally opens up the creative centers. Focus at the brow point let's go for a few minutes. Close the mouth wherever you're at. Exhale through the nose long and deep. The aim here is to slow the breath down as much as you can. Just find your own rhythm with this you don't have to try to match mine you're sipping the air through the curl tongue or the puckered lips really just drinking it in and then closing the mouth and exhaling out the nose. It's the beautiful thing with pranayama is about finding your own rhythm with your breath listening to the sound of your breath.

Last one. Mmm lovely so you may sit still in the quiet I'm just going to chant the ma mantra which is the bij mantra the seed sound of the heart and so you can join me or you can just listen and sort of bathe in the loveliness of this kriya I'll just pull the harmonium towards me. So you inhale and then you exhale and chant the ma. Mmm uh-huh Last one. Last one. More.

Inhale deep. Exhale. Inhale deep. Exhale. And let's bring the palms at the center and chant a long sat and a short naam.

May you nourish the creative power that is within you. Blessings.

Comments

Renee R
3 people like this.
I have definitely noticed more energy since starting this challenge and more clarity. Thank you!
Sukhdev
1 person likes this.
So glad to hear Renee! Yes developing a daily practice and doing the daily kriyas will really give you constant energy and clarity. Keep up! 
Martha K
4 people like this.
Every practice infuses my every cell with vitality and light. I feel connected to myself!
Diane C
3 people like this.
Hello Sukhdev. Since you asked, I will give you my feedback. I am enjoying this exploration into Kundalini yoga. I admit feeling uncomfortable in many poses, even easy pose, but feel my body is slowly adapting and each class gets somewhat easier. I find comfort in the vocalizations, and especially enjoy the pranyama breath. I performed Reiki self-healing last night and felt amazing flow of energy, especially in the root and sacral chakras. I feel tingling with many shoulder movements after several repetitions, and feel general right shoulder discomfort which I am sure will improve. After the last class, I felt much less bloated which gives me energy. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I hope to repeat the series to continue to improve. 
Claudia-Sam C
Thank you, I loved this gentle practice. I could feel tingling down my arms up until the hands when they were bound together and our neck was to the chin. It felt weird but I guess the energy was shifting. It felt good to be able to do deep breaths today, thank you. 
Glenford N
2 people like this.
Thanks Sukhdev for a beautiful practice which  filled with energy, peace and clarity. I'm writing two screenplays so I need all the creativity the universe bestows. I'm enjoying the Challenge, a great way to combat the current crisis

Tracy S
2 people like this.
Thank you Sukhdev! I definitely feel more alive after I practice. I do struggle at times but I know it all is part of growing and challenging my body mind and spirit. It is helping me get through this troubling time. Peace!   :)
Christel B
2 people like this.
I felt transported to another realm by engaging in all these amazing kriyas..
Sylvia K
1 person likes this.
Hi Sukhdev,  Thank you for this wonderful discovery of the powers of Kundalini yoga.  I have been practising and/or teaching yoga for almost 20 years but your practises in this challenge  take me to a new energetic level that I have not yet touched upon.  Even my dog is responding differently to me.  Interestingly I am feeling a lot of tightness in my lower chakra areas.  Is that decades of stagnant energy unraveling itself?  
Jacqueline L
Just finished day 5 and I feel totally rejuvenated Thank you 
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