Everyone must work at implementing their own systems and methods to establish a daily morning sadhana practice. Even if you’re self-employed you’ll want to feel well rested rather than lethargic during your workday so that you are able to meet your goals for productivity. Ensuring that you get enough sleep may involve changing your bedtime at night or incorporating a nap as possible during the day. Short naps (even 5-11 minutes) can be effective. Having been self-employed since 1978, I can attest to the importance of regular aerobic exercise in tuning the body to support a productive workday and consistency with morning sadhana. Aerobic exercise – especially in the fresh air of a natural setting – not only builds the type of endurance that reduces the tendency toward fatigue, but it pacifies and clears the mind. A 20-30 minute exercise tune-up can rejuvenate you and send you back to work, or sadhana, with a greater capacity to focus in creative ways rather than to fixate on negative tendencies. Exercise is an essential activity if you want to achieve and maintain vibrant health. I remember Yogi Bhajan saying exercise is the best vitamin.

Guru Gobind Singh, 10th Master of the Sikhs said, eat little; sleep little; meditate more. Yogi Bhajan recommended finishing your last meal of the day at least four hours before going to sleep and before the sun goes down. This will allow you to rest during sleep rather than spend the night digesting your food (5/9/96). If that is too great a challenge as a starting place, try eating a light evening meal, as early as is feasible. This will help you to wake up feeling rested even when you have had the minimum amount of sleep.

Yogi Bhajan recommended bringing your children to sadhana – even if only to sleep in the vibrations of the chanting (5/9/99). But most parents find their own sadhana or meditation practices have to be modified somewhat to accommodate the needs of their children.

Excerpted from  ‘The Essential Element’ book – which has tips from a mother who is a Kundalini Yoga student and teacher.

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