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Moonlight meditation in the city

A full moon night becomes the perfect backdrop for a session of kundalini yoga.

health-and-fitness Updated: Jul 05, 2010 02:12 IST
Namya Sinha
Namya Sinha
Hindustan Times

A full moon night made for a perfect time for a session of moonlight meditation and kundalini yoga to heal the body and the mind. The session, held at Aura at The Park hotel, also aimed at helping participants focus on their inner self. “The event revolves around relieving, healing and loving yourself,” said teacher Gunjan Kochhar, who goes by her adopted spiritual name Amrit Nam Kaur.

An agnihotra kickstarted the evening. The havan was done using organic ingredients such as cow dung, rice and special Tibetan samagri.

“Agnihotra is done at sunlight or sunset because that is the time we thank agni (fire) and surya (the sun),” said Kaur, adding, “Also, fire symbolises relieving the person of physical, emotional or other problems. Fire burns it. In a way, during agnihotri we offer our sufferings to the fire. Once the body is relieved, then only can the healing process start.”

Then it was time for Kundalini yoga. Unlike other kinds of yoga, kundalini yoga places a lot of emphasis on meditation and chanting. It also focuses on the movements of the body, with the belief that the chakras of the body move as one moves the spine.

The next step for the evening involved sitting down and chanting mantras with the aim of healing the self and the universe. Finally, all participants were asked to hug each other, the underlying philosophy being loving yourself and each other. And for relieving more toxins from the body, a relaxing foot massage was given to bring the moonlight meditation session to a close.

Benefits of Kundalini Yoga
1) Kundalini yoga helps massage the internal organs and glands
2) It heals the mind with thousands of meditation techniques, as per a person’s requirement
3) Lots of toxins are relieved from the body by doing kundalini yoga
4) Brings clarity to the mind
5) Strengthens the immune system
6) Helps reduce stress