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Season 2 - Episode 5

Artha: Energized and Abundant

30 min - Practice
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This class is your reflective artha practice, a Kundalini style breath work and meditation class that will leave you energized and excited. This is a seated class, using mudra, mantra, and various Kundalini exercises to clear clutter in the mind, connect to Spirit, and welcome prosperity and abundance. You will feel stimulated and inspired.
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Namaste. Welcome to practice. This will be our more reflective practice. However, that doesn't mean that it won't be fiery at times. This is going to still stay in the kundalini tradition.

With some breath work and some meditation. Let's talk about Arta for a moment. Arta quite literally means wealth. However, that's not necessarily financial. Right? So when we're talking about Arthur, we're talking about accumulating in our life enough comfort that we can still move through the world and express our dharma.

And oftentimes, that means having the willingness to work hard, not that work becomes our entire life, and it has to be a part of creating some stability and comfort for ourselves and for those around us. So the way that I always think of this is is that health is wealth and taking care of our bodies, taking care of our minds, making sure we feel connected to spirit, that in itself to me is wealth. So having the willingness to get up, to practice, to move through our life, keeping the principles of yoga close to us, that to me is a wealthy and successful life. Alright. So let's get started. Kundalini, as I mentioned before, is a very provocative practice.

Some of these things we're going to be doing for a bit longer amounts of time. If along the way, you need to drop off for a minute, take a couple breaths and come back to it, then you'll do that. We're gonna start off with the kundalini mantra which means I call on infinite creative consciousness as my teacher. Rub your palms together. Let's get right into it.

Hands come to Anjali mudra at your chest. If you're comfortable closing your eyes, close your eyes. Otherwise, you keep them open and you let your gaze drop. Take a full breath in. Exhale it away. Here we go.

Oh, Long Oh, guru Divnamo One more time. Very full breath in. Open your mouth and breathe it away. Okay. So we're gonna start off with the kundalini exercise. It happens to be one of my favorites. It's called the ego eradicator. And this is actually one that I do on a regular basis, whether I'm practicing in the kundalini style or any style of yoga.

Eagle eradicator is this idea of just clearing space to get away from the stuff that we sometimes tell ourselves and to get back to source get back to feeling connected to something bigger than ourselves. Rub your palms together. Reach your arms up in the air. We're gonna do try to do 3 minutes. And and, again, if 3 minutes feels like too much, then you stop and you come back into it as you can.

So arms are out in a big v for victory. Fold in four fingers just to the base of your knuckles. So it's not a complete fist. Yeah. And then the thumbs are straight out. Big and wide and open across the chest.

We're gonna take breath of fire contraindications for breath of fire if you're pregnant, If you're on your menstrual cycle, you just ate or you're feeling a little overheated or anxious or you struggle with headaches or migraines, or any affliction of the eyes, you skip the breath of fire. Otherwise, we're gonna let it cook. It comes right from the belly, quick sniffing breath in and out through your nose, Let's go for it. Take a breath in. Exhale it away.

Eyes can be open or closed. Here we go. The Try to stay with it. If you need to stop and pause for a moment and come back into it, you'll come back into it, or you're staying with long, smooth, breathing. Last twenty seconds, And we'll call this 2019, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 98, 76, 5432, and one inhale touch your thumbs above your head and retain your breath.

Excel. Release your hands down. Palms can turn upward on your thighs. With a gesture of offering, right, when we're able to actually get out of our own way. Get out of our ego. We can more fully serve.

You know, you know that. Breathe in. Breeze up. Good. And then we're gonna move right on to our prosperity meditation.

So you're you'll take your hands and you'll knock the pinky finger side of the hands together. And then you'll flip the hands and knock the thumb side of the hands together. And then you just do that back and forth and repeat the mantra Huddock. It's a little tricky. There's a little flick of the tongue. It's spelled h a r, but your act it's actually pronounced because you flick the tongue off the top of the teeth when you do this, and is the creative divine.

So we're calling on the creative divine. Sometimes if doors are shutting for us in one direction, We have to let them shut so that we can actually find a door that might be over here, the one that we didn't quite think of. That's creativity. Right? So take a breath in. Palms can turn upward here. Exhale it away, and then we'll begin how to how to how to how to how to how to how to had it.

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How to how to how to how to how to how to how to last 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 76, 5, 43, 21. Turn your palms up. Just be there. Welcome in the prosperity. Welcome in the abundance.

Let it be fuel for generosity. Big breath in. Exhaled away. Good. Okay.

And then we're gonna move on to our sut Kriya. So sut means truth, and a Kriya is an action This is, an exercise that is designed to bring truth into action, will be sitting in one so you can shift your seats. And come to sit on your heels. And for this one, we're gonna come back into Venus Mudra. So you can interlace your fingers, extend your index fingers, and reach your arms up overhead.

And then you're trying to use the arms to squeeze in around the ears, reach up through the index fingers. And for this one, we'll be utilizing the mantra of satnam. So sat as mentioned means truth, and Nam means, it's sometimes translated as I am that So truth, I am that. Truth, I am that. So we'll be doing this one for about 3 minutes as well. And if for any reason the mantra doesn't work for you, you can do it without the mantra and either do breath of fire or stay with long, smooth breathing.

Otherwise, we'll be doing the mantra together. Satnam, truth, I am that. Reach your arms up. If you're comfortable closing your eyes, close your eyes, and take your internal gaze up towards the center of the skull. And if you need to keep your eyes open, just let your gaze land some place so that the eyes have a steadiness to them.

Take a full breath in, exhale it away. And we'll begin set, set, num, set, num, set, num, set, nam, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, nam, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, nam, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, nam, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, nom, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, nam, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, nam, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, nam, set, num, set, num, set, num, set, num, set, num, set, num, set, num, set, nam set, Nom, set, Nom, set, Nom, set, Nom, set, Nom, set, Nom, set, nam, set, num, set, num, set, num, set, num, set, num, set, num, set, num, set, nam, set, Nom, set, Nom, set, Nom, set, Nom, set, Nom, set, nam. Sit. Nom. Sit. Nom. Stay with it. Stay with it. Find that stamina.

If you need to let it go for a moment and come back to it, you'll do that. Otherwise, stay with it. Setnam. Setnam. Setnam. Setnam. Setnam. Set.

Nam, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, set, nam, set, Nom, set, Nom, set, Nom, set, Nom, set, Nom, set, nam, set, num, set, num, set, num, set, num, set, num, set, num, set, num, set, nam, set, numb, set last twenty seconds, see if you can speed it up. Set, num, set, numb, set, numb, set, numb, for 10, 98765432 one inhale lift a little higher, reaching up through the arms, pull out through the side waist, lift the ribs, And on the exhale, let your hand slide in a prayer right down through the middle. Turn your palms upward on your thighs. Couple of breaths. Good. Our next exercise is a meditation for lower triangle acceptance. So this is lower chakras.

You'll take your right arm straight up right by your right ear. Extend the fingers up as high as you can. Palm faces towards the left. With your left hand, palm faces down. Arm is straight out and you take it 60 degrees up from your chest, just 60 degrees. Right? So instead of it being at 90, just take it to 60.

And the gaze is at the upper lip. And the breath here is long and smooth, but I think you will find that it can get quite fiery this one. We're gonna hold it for 3 minutes. So as you're ready, lift your arms. Gaze is at the upper lip and just begin breathing in and out.

Slowly. Through your nose if possible. And the, one of the qualities of the first taka is the the quality, the essence, the action of letting go. And that requires acceptance. Or you could take this as more of a second chakra acceptance of the way things are.

Second Tucker is very much about going with the flow. And finding creative ways to come back to our dharma. Come back to why we are working so hard, why we are doing what we're doing. And 3rd chakra acceptance would look like the willingness to do the work. No. The thing about it is that we can want transformation in our lives We might be longing for change.

And Can we find within ourselves the willingness to do the work that's required for change to happen? You know, it's like what I say about Pita Dosha. Harness the pizza, harness the fire. It's needed. It's necessary. Gives us a sense of accomplishment.

It reminds us how strong we are. And we don't want it to burn us out. Last twenty seconds. See if you can stay in it. Might burn a little bit.

There might be some heat. That's your pit arising. Let it rise a bit. Trust that it will carry you through for those times where it feels uncomfortable, where you might feel that unwillingness stay the course. Be reminded of your dharma.

And breathe through the discomfort. And then know that it's fluid. It will end full breath in. And release, release, release, release, palms can turn upward on your thighs. Give yourself a breath in and a breath out.

And our last exercise will be closing with some naughty showed no breath work just to balance everything out. Right hand comes into vishnuudra index finger and middle finger come right into the center of the palm. Pinky finger, ring finger, and thumb are extended. This is called Vishnu Mudra. Left hand thumb and index finger come together.

Yamamudra. Index finger represents the individual thumb represents the universal. So when we take the index finger to the first knuckle of the thumb, we are bowing the individual to the universal, which comes right back to our dharma, to our finding our way through this world, the work we're meant to do, the work we need to do, to serve all. Bring your right hand right in front of your nose. Take a full breath in.

Use the thumb to gently close off the right nostril and exhale through the left. I'm just gonna do 2 minutes of this inhale left. Ring finger closes off the left nostril, lift the thumb, exhale out of the right. Again, if you're comfortable, close your eyes, inhale. Right? Close it off with your thumb, lift your ring finger, exhale left.

Inhale left. Close it off. Exhale. Right. Inhale. Right? Loews it off.

Exhale left. Gentle touch. Inhale left. Lose it off. X. Alright. And how right?

Close it off. Excel left. And how left? Close it off? X. Alright.

And how right? Close it off, exhale left. Inhale left. Close it off. Exhale. Right.

Last time in. How right? Close it off. Excel left. Release your right hand down onto your lap. Palms turn upward or let go of the mudra.

Palms are open and receptive. And then let your hands find your favorite meditation, Mudra. Today, I'm taking my dominant hand and resting it in my non dominant hand and bringing the thumbs together. It sometimes called Buddha Mudra, and we'll just sit together for just 2 minutes. As much as we want the willingness to do the work. We also need to remember to pause to take space.

So that we can use our energy efficiently. So that we can be working in an intelligent way, in a focused way. And let your next breath come in a little bit more deeply. Excel it away. You can release your mood draw, maybe give your fingers a little shake out.

Press your palms downward into your thighs. Link your eyes open. And we'll close with the kundalini mantra of sat Nam just once. Sat means truth. Nam, I am that. Taking your hands to your chest, long, sat short, numb.

Here we go. Nom. Thank you so much for sharing your practice. Not mistake.

Comments

Jenny S
2 people like this.
Clearing, invigorating and restorative love love love ❤️ 
Ali Cramer
Jenny S thank yo for your continued support! 🙏🏽❤️
Diane C
2 people like this.
Thank you Ali. This was an amazing way to start my day!
Ali Cramer
1 person likes this.
Diane C so happy to hear that! Thank you-so glad you enjoyed. Namaste. 
Christel B
Feeling peaceful and recharged. Sat Nam
Ali Cramer
2 people like this.
Christel B Sat Nam Wahe Guru! 
Francesca Venturini
Thank You so much! Kundalini practice is really intense for me but is what I need!
Ali Cramer
https://www.yogaanytime.com/account/profile.cfm?cust_id=134060$francescaventurini">Francesca Venturini me too! I love how it energizes me and I feel like Kundalini is so powerful. Glad you felt it! 
Sandra Židan
Thanks, Ali, for this beautiful practice! I feel so calm and energized at the same time after doing it! Namaste! ❤️🌹
Ali Cramer
2 people like this.
Sandra Židan aww love to hear that! thank you so much! 

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