FAQ about Sahaja Yoga Meditation

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What is Sahaja Yoga Meditation?

Sahaja Yoga Meditation is meant for everyone who desires to find his or her true self, which is full of peace, joy of life and love for others. It is not just a book or a set of exercises but a living science that will open up to you gradually as your meditations become deeper and your experience stronger and more fulfilling.

It involves the awakening of a subtle spiritual energy known as the Kundalini which lies dormant in the sacrum bone, rolled up in a spiral of three-and-a-half coils. The gentle awakening of this Kundalini energy and the inner journey of self discovery is known as Self-realization.

Who developed Sahaja Yoga Meditation?

Sahaja Yoga Meditation was developed by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, known affectionately as Shri Mataji or Mother, is the first spiritual teacher in the history to give large-scale Self-realization as described by many great saints and prophets of the past. Today, millions of people all over the world have experienced their spiritual ascent, described and predicted by these great prophets, thanks to Shri Mataji. Her physical presence has been seen to be the catalyst for the en-masse awakening of the Kundalini. Even more remarkably, merely holding one’s hands, palms upwards, towards a photograph of Shri Mataji is enough to grant Self-realization, as long as there is the desire to receive it.

Who can practice Sahaja Yoga Meditation?

Everyone can. There is no restriction of caste, creed, religion, nationality, age, or gender.

How much will Sahaja Yoga Meditation cost me?

Sahaja Yoga Meditation is always free of charge. We cannot pay for a living and spontaneous experience, just as we cannot get a seed to sprout by paying Mother Earth. On the other hand, we consider it our privilege to create this Internet site and we are willing to pay for doing so, just for the pleasure of sharing with you what has become of our lives since we received our Enlightenment (Self-realization).

Is Sahaja Yoga Meditation difficult to practice? What are its effects?

Sitting quietly, doing nothing, stilling the mind and calming the body, has never been the western way. For centuries, Meditation and Yoga (Union) have been regarded by Europeans as an esoteric, Oriental practice of little practical benefit.

But over the last two decades, the increasing speed and pressures of modern living have been matched by an increasing need for ways co cope with them. Medical science is now proving what a growing number of people in the West have discovered for themselves: that the relaxation of true meditation has measurable beneficial effects on all levels of our being, with no damaging side effects.

In the Yoga of true meditation, one develops a conscious awareness of the subtle energy that exists within us all, and a spontaneous connection with the inner mechanism by which it is governed. This integration cannot be forced through exercises, chanting or mantras. It happens as a natural awakening, in just the same way that our body grows and maintains itself, without any conscious effort on our part.

The last few years have seen the evolution of a process whereby this inner integration can take place in ordinary people everywhere, irrespective of age, occupation, race, color and creed. It is not a theory or a concept that has to be worked at. Sahaja Yoga Meditation is a solid experience, an actual, physical reality verifiable in ones own nervous system, that leads on to spontaneous improvements in one’s well-being and relationship with the world. These include numerous incidents in overcoming alcohol and drug addiction, diseases (such as cancer), heart problems and other physical and mental disorders such as stress, depression and tension.

The word Sahaja means ‘in-born’, because the purifying and healing energy that is gently awakened lies waiting within every human being from birth.

From that moment one is able to start bringing balance into one’s life. As well as the benefits mentioned above, the simple meditation and techniques of Sahaja Yoga Meditation bring one onto the central path between such damaging opposites as: Too much lethargy or too much frantic activity – of too much emotion or lack of emotion – of living too much in the past, or thinking too much of the future. So one becomes a calm, joyful personality, confident and able to enjoy living in the now of the present.

Is there membership to Sahaja Yoga Meditation?

You cannot become a “member” as there is no membership or power structure in Sahaja Yoga Meditation. There are local coordinators who administer day to day mundane activities of Sahaja Yoga Meditation in each country.

Do we have to change our lifestyle in Sahaja Yoga Meditation?

Shri Mataji: No, not the lifestyle, you see when you do what is needed for you, what is good for you , nobody has to change dresses or anything it’s nothing outside. But supposing you see now if I tell somebody now don’t wear such tight dresses, nobody would listen, because they will wear varicose veins and this all had happened. Then now they’re wearing very, very loose ones.

Nothing has to be changed as such outside, but you yourself take to things which are sensible, which are wise, which are good for you, you yourself take to it, I don’t have to tell you anything about it.

Miami,USA 1990

Public Lecture

How does Sahaja Yoga Meditation benefit me?

Physical benefits

It is our subtle system which co-ordinates all the work done by the organs and the cells in our body. When one of our subtle centres (chakras) is blocked, physical dysfunctions appear in the organs it controls. It is then that most illnesses appear. Traditional medicine tries to cure the symptoms. Sahaja Yoga Meditation allows us to attack the causes directly, by rebalancing our subtle system and by cleaning our centres. Thus, even so-called incurable illnesses can be cured in a spontaneous manner by the purifying work of the energy of the Kundalini.

Mental benefits

When we enter a state of meditation, we enter a realm of silence ; the thoughts which assail us fade away, and the reality of the present is revealed to us in all its intensity. Our senses send us a direct image of the world which is not altered by our mind or our conditionings. The mind even becomes the enlightened servant of our illuminated spirit.

Emotional benefits

When the Kundalini is awakened and we are immersed in a state of meditation, our emotions are also brought into balance. All the weaknesses which hinder the expression of pure and sincere sentiments, such as greed, insecurity, jealousy etc. are reduced when the joy of meditation is felt. This joy is absolute, devoid of all duality. This same joy becomes the motivation of our emancipation.

Spiritual benefits

Last but not least, Sahaj Yoga Meditation reveals to us the eternal, divine being that is truth, awareness and bliss. We become part and parcel of the whole,like a drop in that ocean of Love,and in meditation we melt into that Primordial being. This experience is the next stage in the evolution of an ordinary human being’s awareness: that person is said to be born again or realized. This means that our spiritual essence, that had been hidden until then, becomes reality. We can now set about purifying our inner being, with the help of the self-knowledge that Shri Mataji gives us .Our union with the Divine will become stronger and stronger as we go along and that is without doubt the most precious benefit that Kundalini awakening can bring us. This Middle Way that is established within us day after day by our kundalini will shower blessings of all sorts upon us, not only of a physical, emotional or psychological nature, but also material, social and professional benefits.

There are immediate benefits in stress relief and a feeling of peace and contentment. Physically, it helps in prevention and cure of illnesses which are otherwise difficult to cure. mentally and emotionally. it helps one to attain balance, and spiritually one can attain the highest level of enlightenment. Practitioners of Sahaja Yoga have easily given up smoking, drinking and drugs, and lead a very normal, balanced and moral life.

How is Sahaja Yoga Meditation different from other types of meditations?

Sahaja Yoga Meditation is different from the other types of meditation because it begins with Enlightenment (Self-realization) instead of this being the unobtainable dream of a distant goal.

Traditionally, a guru used to have only a handful of disciples and look after their growth for a lifetime, guiding their inner cleansing day by day. Few souls were able to achieve Self-realization after many years of passing through various stages (yama, niyama, breathing techniques, postures, etc.). For those few souls, it was like trying to cleanse a completely obscure room without having any light.

In these modern times – that Shri Mataji calls as the blossom times because of the state achieved by human consciousness collectively – she has devised a method by which this happening (Self-realization) is achieved spontaneously (Sahaja), without any effort. A little light is then lit within us (a new dimension becomes available to our awareness) and through Sahaja Yoga Meditation we can then grow much faster, without having to go through any penances, while living normal lives amidst our own families and societies.

This is because, in the light of the new awareness, we become our own gurus, our own guides. After Self-realization, we are able to feel a gentle cool breeze flowing above the head and also from the center of our palms. We can feel on our fingertips any blockages in our energetic centers and are able to clear them using this energy which has been awakened in us (Kundalini). Moreover, we become collectively conscious, i.e. we can feel others’ centers and cure them as well. The fact that we are all part and parcel of the Whole becomes a tangible reality in our day to day life.

Becoming one with the pure spirit in us is the ultimate goal of human life described in various terms in all religions and spiritual traditions of the world. Self-realization is the first step: once this connection is initially established, it needs to be nourished with our attention and regular meditation, enabling us to find out why we are here and to ultimately fulfill the destiny of our life.

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  • Chris Taylor
    Feb 10, 2010
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    Hello, I am guided to not wear footware when I meditate but my feet get very cold. Can I wear anything at all to help keep my feet warm?

    Many thanks
    Chris Taylor

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    praveen
    January 12th, 2011

    y can cover up yr feet with warm clothing. y should be comfortable while y meditate.

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    mayank
    September 30th, 2015

    see you are little left sided if we say in our language did you think why your feets get cold ?
    just cure your left side there are many ways to do it

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  • admin
    Feb 10, 2010
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    Hello Chris
    Anything except shoes would be ok. The reason why we do not suggest meditating with shoes is that we need to keep ourselves as closer as to the mother earth.

    And with not wearing shoes, you would help the energy flow easily. This will also help the cleansing process.

    I would suggest wearing warm socks or something like that in order to keep your feet warm.

    Kind regards

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  • anil
    Aug 2, 2010
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    i have some problem in nabhi & visudhi chakra ,please tell me how i can get it clear

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    susan
    August 22nd, 2010

    I have worked through the online course and attend the local sahaja meditation group. Thankyou so much for these resources as I have been raised a catholic and have suffered so much mental anguish with little understanding of why this manifested. Sahaja has helped me put this side and find peace. What is the best way to access questions and answers that come up for me. I’ll look at the support link.
    With many thanks, Susan

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    admin
    August 22nd, 2010

    Hi Susan

    We have a forum on onlinemeditation.org where you can submit your questions. You can also use the contact form for submitting any of your questions.
    http://www.onlinemeditation.org/meditation-forum/

    Kind regards

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  • Linda
    May 16, 2011
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    Has anyone tried to do a long distance healing for loved ones using Sahaja Yoga Meditation? I am asking because I was intuitively guided to do this and over the course of this past year have been having some success. Thank you for all you do.

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    Snehal
    June 24th, 2015

    Hi Lynda,

    Can you share as to how you achieved long distance healing through Sahaja Yoga

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    Erwan
    June 27th, 2015

    Dear Snehal, Lynda,

    the magic behind helping in a curing process is simply through what we call the attention. When we meditate we slowly improve the “attention“ which is simply put, our ability to enter into a deeper and deeper state of meditation. When that enters into action, it gives you the ability to feel the vibrations of the thing/person/place/etc. upon which you are putting your attention.

    Example: Once my wife got a food poisoning situation from eating ice scream when it was hot summer in India. I was a thousand miles away so couldn`t physically be with her to help. I simply used my attention to help her cure. When into meditation, I simply “guided“ my Kundalini towards hers and sent her love through my attention (top of your head, last chakra). Next thing she knows, two hours later she was up and well. She did not take any medicine nor did anything else that would make her better. Simply the attention worked.

    Feel free to experiment 🙂

    Warm wishes
    Erwan

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  • marc jean
    Jul 17, 2011
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    how many times can i practice sahaja meditation during the day?
    marc jea

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    dinesh kumar
    February 4th, 2012

    Dear

    When ever you feel like. the least when you meditate twice a day, automatically your attention will be on sahasrara chakra.

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  • aman kumar
    Jul 8, 2012
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    i am feeling some energy in my agayachakra but i can not define it . but i want increase it ps help me .

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    mayank
    September 30th, 2015

    are you able to go in the state of thaughtless awareness

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  • Jerry
    Aug 7, 2012
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    How do you know you have awakened Kundalini?

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    Lee
    April 26th, 2014

    Jerry
    Youv will feel blissful within and a ultimately a subtle cooling sensation on you central nervous system. If is warm or hot even, it will cool down as you sit in meditation. Your Kundalini does the work for you..Sahaja meditation is effortless but, you create the opportunity for Her to work it out within you by siting in meditation. Try it! ?.and trust in it.

    Best wishes
    Lee

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  • rajshree pillai
    Sep 25, 2012
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    I’m doing the sahaj yoga from 6 years. I’m strongly feeling some kind of possession. When I come to know about matka treatment then I do the matka treatment for 7 days but it effect only for few days. So what can I do for this some serious type of possession. Please guide me .

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    mayank
    September 30th, 2015

    dont worry at all just cure your left side and aganya chakra and nabhi chakra and try to estabilish thaughtless awareness in that you can see the roots of your possesion and meditate daily and regurlarly

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  • sonal
    Jan 16, 2013
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    I am in sahaj meditation in last one year, i got realization but now a days when i am surrounded by many people, specialy in parties, I am constantly getting heat in my hands, what does it mean? and what should i do to solve this problem? I am very devotional to sahaj but still i get heat all the time with people(even 2-3)?
    please help me?

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    Renu
    February 6th, 2014

    when you are surrounded with many people(non sahaji) that time you get effected by their vibrations which comes out from our hands/feet in the form of heat or tingling sensation. You can get rid of these things by doing foot soaking/candling. I suggest to go for foot soaking before going to the bed or any other time as suits to u.

    Warm regards,

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  • Sonia
    May 2, 2013
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    I have tried Sahaj Yoga 3 times now- in class, at home in front of Mataji’s photo & in a group, but have not felt either hot or cool breeze? What could be the reason? I even tried soaking my feet in lukewarm water & in front of a candle but nothing works

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    Renu
    February 6th, 2014

    Don’t worry. clear your Vishuddi and Agnya chakra by meditating on them. Or u can even request Mother earth to absorb all heaviness in both your channels.

    Warm regards,
    Erwan

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    Erwan
    March 20th, 2014

    Dear Sonia,

    have you since May last year been able to feel something finally or does it remain without sensation?

    Best.
    Erwan

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  • ANIL JAISWAL
    Mar 14, 2014
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    HELLO,

    I am doing your online course.

    1) I am unable to concentrate on my breath. most of the time all the thoughts are coming.

    2)mostly morning time after 5 minutes of meditation I feel sleepy which i don’t want.
    The good thing is I still like to meditate more and more but due to my busy schedule i am not..

    3)Can i try doing meditation whole day I mean 4-5 hrs on sunday when I have off..

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    Erwan Lesigne
    March 18th, 2014

    Dear Anil,

    In order not to have thoughts coming in anymore, you need to slowly get deeper into meditation, breathing is only a medium by which you settle down yourself. First be patient with yourself, keep meditating as often as possible, the more you`ll try the better it will get. It sounds a bit abstract right now, so here is a simple guideline:
    – Put both your hands on the ground when sitting down in meditation in the morning and remain like that for a little while
    – Take then back your left hand on lap and keep the right on the ground (that balances your left channel which will make get you a bit more awaken. If you feel sleepy just use a small candle underneath your left palm, it will warm up your left side and you`ll feel more awaken.
    – In order for thoughts not to come in you have to be close to fully balanced inside your subtle system (best is to be completely balanced). It basically means that you feel completely peaceful inside and fully alert!

    When you have way to many thoughts coming in, that is when you balance your right channel/side by lifting up your left palm towards your left shoulder and keep the right hand on your lap. That can be done at anytime when you feel over thinking/active.

    You can meditate as long as you wish, the goal is to be thoughtless and that effortlessly, quality over quantity is best 🙂

    I hope all this will help you, feel free to ask more questions, we`ll be there to answer 🙂

    Warm wishes,
    Erwan

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    mayank
    September 30th, 2015

    first thing that concentrating on you breathe or listening envornmental sounds are some techniques described by zens to attain the first stage that is thaughtless awareness and try to do things in thaughtless awareness and then you will be amaze that you became extremely dynamic ,energitic .i expirienced it and other thing is that when you are meditating means you are in thaughtless awareness means above the left and right side and then you are not in future and not in past you came in present and feeling sleepy means you are little in left side so just cure it and try to stay in the state of thaughtless awareness and i suggest you to go to sahaja yoga centre at least once in a week

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  • Jacob O
    Jun 3, 2014
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    Hi,

    I have been practicing sahaja yoga for over a month now. I had some stomach bloating earlier and now feel intense pressure in the had. Also have mood swings. Is this normal to have.

    Jacob O

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    Erwan
    June 19th, 2014

    Dear Jacob,

    sometimes meditating can be swinging a bit, you may go through different mood and experiences. However the more you manage to remain centered and in the present moment, the less difficult it should be to go through those waves with peace and harmony.

    Are the symptoms you spoke about still happening ?

    Erwan

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  • Nyoman Sutawan
    Jun 8, 2014
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    For beginners  in Sahaja yoga meditation is there a free online initiation being provided? I have been practicing several meditation techniques  for some years until now, but without guidance by gurus . I just got guidance from books about meditation. So far, I mostly focus my attention on the third eye chakra. And I occasionally experienced a slight cool breeze on top of my head. To my surprise I also felt  cool breeze on the top of my head even during  on bed without meditating. Since a few  days ago however, I tried to focus my attention on the crown chakra and I wonder I feel a strong cool breeze on my head.Does it mean that to meditate on crown chakra is more powerful to achieve kundalini awakening compared to third eye chakra meditation, if the feeling of cool breeze on top of the head is a symptom of kundalini awakening?
    I highly appreciate for your kind help to clear my doubt.

    Sincerely,
    Nyoman

    Xxxx

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    Erwan
    June 10th, 2014

    Dear Nyoman,

    here is the free initiation for beginners:
    http://www.freemeditation.com/online-meditation/self-realization-workshop-kundalini-awakening/

    And 10 classes to start meditating on a regular basis:
    http://www.onlinemeditation.org/

    What you feel is indeed Kundalini awakening and meditate on the last of the 7 chakras, the crown chakra is what actually allows you to meditate.

    Kind regards,
    Erwan

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  • Joanna
    Sep 28, 2014
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    Hi, I was wondering if it is okay for a boyfriend and girlfriend to practice sahaja yoga together and to attend sessions together? A boy I spoke with told me he would never want his girlfriend to attend sessions with him as it would take away from his journey. I was perplexed by this as I feel any normal girlfriend who wants to grow spiritually as well would feel hurt to not be welcome to attend the same free sessions. Do all men who practice sahaja yoga think this way? Is it like a sin? As a girl, should I also not want my significant other to attend with me? I am confused.

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    Erwan
    September 30th, 2014

    Dear Joanna,

    Don`t be confused :=)

    Sahaja Yoga relies on the collective spirit of those willing and looking forward to grow spiritually. It is open to anyone who wishes to be part of this great journey. Many came as a couple and are still today together practicing Sahaja Yoga daily.

    Now, whatever the couple decides isn`t up to us. The journey we are talking about here is of universal Love. Was the boy you spoke to a Sahaja Yoga practitioner ?

    Warm wishes,
    Erwan

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    s.k.mehra
    October 17th, 2014

    I have been practising Sahaj Yoga for the last more than ten years. When I try to awaken kundalini, I feel my extreme heaviness in head and it feels as if kundalini is trying to open itself from sahastra, but it does not happen. I have so far not felt vibrations in my hands, nor cool or hot air over my sahasra. Kindly advise.

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    Erwan
    October 23rd, 2014

    Dear Mehra,

    please do the following:
    http://www.freemeditation.com/online-meditation/self-realization-workshop-kundalini-awakening/
    http://www.freemeditation.com/meditation-basics/meditation-techniques/
    put right hand on throat and meditate on it, you should slowly be able to feel the vibrations.

    Best.
    Erwan

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  • gautama parida
    Oct 12, 2015
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    can i do shaaja yoga at sleeping mode or any other working situation

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    Erwan
    October 26th, 2015

    Dear Gautama,

    sleeping mode won’t be meditation but will certainly relax you :). However within a work situation totally! I myself work mainly on computer and can very well be thoughtless while working. When you are surrounded by noise, its not easy at first but your attention will settle eventually and it will get easier to meditate at some point.

    If you have your own desk/office, even easier! You can set up a small meditation corner!

    All the best.
    Erwan

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  • subham
    Feb 5, 2016
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    Toady was my first attempt to awaken the kundalini as I tried both the direct method and guided method by watching the video. I have kind of accidentally found this site while searching some details about Kundalini. I am really in short of words to express my feeling .. it is simply great !!
    One question I have though … I have felt warm breeze flowing out my head and palm not the cool one. What does this mean ?
    Can I try the video session for Kundalini Awakening more than once or daily for that matter ? Does it have any adverse side effects as a lot of people talk about specially on the overdoing aspect of it ?

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    Erwan
    April 21st, 2016

    Dear Subham,

    Happy to know that you enjoy!

    Warm breeze simply means that your Kundalini is clearing everything out in your subtle system and refreshing both your channels. You can try the video session for Kundalini awakening as much as you want, there is no limit :).

    If by side effect you mean getting sick for example, yes that can happen, but at the same time we do get sick even without talking about Kundalini. Getting sick only means balancing ourselves out :). Other than that, there won`t be any allucination nor anything `weird`, nothing that I know of anyway. What do you mean by overdoing aspect?

    All the best
    Erwan

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  • Bhagyashree
    Feb 14, 2016
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    Jay Shree Mataji

    How to stop negative thoughts, because of it i have lost my balance many time.

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    Erwan
    February 15th, 2016

    Dear Bhagyashree,

    There is only one way to stop negative thoughts which is to go into a thoughtless state where lies only peace :).

    Other than that you need to train your attention and watch your thoughts to stop them when you get negative ones. You basically need to be stronger than your thoughts to stop them from showing up. And that takes a bit if practice. Patience with yourself is the key :).

    Hope it helps.

    All the best.
    Erwan

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  • archana
    Feb 16, 2016
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    when i try meditating i feel very heavy on my chest.pls suggest.

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    Erwan
    March 15th, 2016

    Dear Archana,

    Put your right hand on your chest and let you Kundalini do the job, She will clear what needs to be cleaned out.

    Find a collective class close to your place and go meditate there you`ll have more answers.
    http://www.freemeditation.com/meditation-classes/

    Let us know how it goes.
    Warm regards.
    Erwan

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  • archana
    Feb 16, 2016
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    Jai shri mataji..how to stop reacting much to anyting..and how to be in toughless awareness all the time..Is toughtless is nothing but being in present?When i meditate sometimes i get cool breese on agna chakra or just above agna where swadistana lies on head but not on sahasrara..pls help

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    Erwan
    March 15th, 2016

    Dear Archana,

    By going to a collective class you`ll have all the answers you need, and it will be much clearer than over email.
    http://www.freemeditation.com/meditation-classes/

    Hope you can find a suitable class, its free of charge.

    All the very best.
    Erwan

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  • aanchal
    Aug 14, 2016
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    is sahaja yoga really work?? actualy i want to know the importance of yoga. and how can i do??

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    Erwan
    November 28th, 2016

    Dear Aanchal,

    The best to answer all your questions is to try a class.

    Where do you currently live?

    Erwan

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