Kundalini Yoga

Why You Should Be Doing A Soul Detox This New Year

How Kundalini yoga and meditation can help balance the mind, body and soul

The New Year is a time of new beginnings and the perfect time to commit to a detoxification, especially if the festive period has left you feeling sluggish from over-indulgence. You may have piled on a few extra kilos, or find that you need several cups of coffee to get you through the day – which is actually your body signaling that it needs detoxification to recharge your batteries, revive your energy and lose that extra bit of weight.  

Our bodies and minds are naturally designed to serve us.  When we get ample rest, drink enough fluids, eat healthy whole foods, allow emotions to flow freely and keep stress levels low, we can navigate what life throws at us more easily. While the body is designed to naturally remove toxins that enter through the air we breathe, food we ingest and experiences we face, today’s overwhelming pace of life and frequent ongoing stress make it difficult for the body and mind to do what they were designed to do.

Toxins are everywhere: in our water, in the air, and in the food we eat. Our bodies are designed to eliminate these chemicals and clear unwanted toxins through an intricate detoxification system. But detoxification isn’t just about ridding the body of physical toxins. Negative thinking has the potential to interfere with our body’s ability to detoxify naturally – when we are depressed, frustrated or overwhelmed, the stress hormones of adrenaline and cortisol secrete and convert to more ‘toxins’ that the body must eliminate. Which is where yoga comes in.  

Yoga can aid the body and mind to cleanse both physical and emotional excess. By stretching and squeezing the muscles of the body, yoga massages the organs stimulates the lymphatic system and blood flow, enhances breathing, and invites the release of blocked emotions. Yoga’s focus on the breath and meditation in general also helps to clean the ever-spinning wheel of the mind.

Think of yoga as another process of self-care. You take a shower and brush your teeth at least once or twice a day, but how many times do you meditate to clean the mind? Meditation is an essential tool that helps you train the mind to work for you, promotes less distortion, and paves the way for an unobstructed flow of spirit.

While all forms of yoga help the detoxification process, Kundalini yoga is particularly helpful in soothing and relaxing our body, mind and soul. It helps us to connect to ourselves and to the Divine power, awakening and strengthening the immune system by promoting greater peace while working on our mental and emotional well-being, and is an excellent practice for releasing anger and anxiety, making you more resilient and flexible in the face of life’s challenges.

Other forms of yoga deal with the physicality of the body, but Kundalini yoga works on overcoming the ash of metabolism and remnants of old emotions which means that deep healing begins from the very first day. In doing so, we move the energy throughout the body, whilst keeping light, uplifted and vitalized, a process that detoxifies your electromagnetic field (also known as your 8th chakra). This purification acts as soul food and eventually leads you to a more steady and peaceful self.

The practice of Kundalini yoga asks for a few moments to reconnect with you and to your soul’s landscape – to your heart, your core, the essence of who you are. It asks that you resist the temptation to either mask or suppress your pain, to stop denying your mission, and start living your purpose.  Your soul is where you live, after all.    

Try this Meditation for Emotional Balance

Normally we breathe at a rate of 15 breaths a minute, but when we are able to rhythmically slow down our breath to only 4 breaths per minute, we have indirect control over our minds.  This eliminates erratic behaviour and promotes calmness irrespective of the surroundings.

Try this balancing meditation:

  1. Sit in an easy pose.
  2. Place your arms across your chest and lock your hands under your armpits, with your palms open and against your body. Raise your shoulders up tightly against your ears, without cramping your neck muscles.  
  3. Close your eyes.  Your breath will automatically become slow.

Continue for 3 minutes.

For a more advanced practice, try the following Celestial Meditation, which uses a mantra said to vibrate Divine power in every cell of your being. 

Editor’s note: If you are interested in learning more about meditation, visit our Mindfulness page and Feel Good Kits section to see how you can embrace the power of mindfulness and enrich your life. Namaste.


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Empowering Self: Unveiling Three Essential Strategies to Overcome Self-Doubt

Empowerment Through Confidence

Self-doubt is a common struggle that many people face. It can hold us back from reaching our full potential and achieving our goals. But what exactly is self-doubt, and how can we overcome it? We will explore the concept of self-doubt and unveil three essential strategies to help you overcome it and empower yourself.

Understanding Self-Doubt

Self-doubt is the lack of confidence in oneself and one’s abilities. It is the inner voice that tells us we are not good enough, smart enough, or capable enough to achieve our goals. It can manifest in different ways, such as fear of failure, imposter syndrome, or constantly seeking validation from others.

Self-doubt can be triggered by past experiences, societal pressures, or our own inner critic. It can hold us back from taking risks, trying new things, or pursuing our passions. However, it is important to remember that self-doubt is a normal part of the human experience and can be overcome with the right strategies.

The Power of Inner Strength

Inner strength is the ability to trust in oneself and one’s abilities. It is the foundation of self-confidence and resilience. When we have inner strength, we are better equipped to face challenges and overcome self-doubt.

Cultivating a Positive Mindset

Our mindset plays a crucial role in how we perceive ourselves and our abilities. A positive mindset involves having a growth mindset, which means believing that our abilities and intelligence can be developed through effort and learning. It also involves reframing negative thoughts into positive ones and focusing on our strengths rather than our weaknesses. Cultivating a positive mindset takes practice, but it can greatly impact how we view ourselves and our potential.

The Importance of Self-Care

Self-care is often overlooked, but it is essential for building inner strength and maintaining a positive mindset. Self-care involves taking care of our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. It can include activities such as exercise, meditation, spending time in nature, or engaging in hobbies. When we prioritise self-care, we are better equipped to handle self-doubt and build our inner strength.


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Strategies to Overcome Self-Doubt

Now that we have a better understanding of self-doubt and its impact, let’s explore three essential strategies to help you overcome self-doubt and empower yourself.

Practice Self-Awareness

Building inner strength takes time and effort, but it is a crucial step in overcoming self-doubt. Here are three strategies to help you cultivate inner strength and empower yourself.

Self-awareness is the ability to recognize and understand our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. It is a crucial first step in overcoming self-doubt because it allows us to identify when self-doubt is present and how it affects us. To practice self-awareness, try journaling or mindfulness exercises. This can help you become more aware of your thoughts and emotions and how they contribute to self-doubt. Once you are aware of your self-doubt triggers, you can work on reframing negative thoughts and building your inner strength.

Set Realistic Goals

Setting realistic goals is important for building confidence and overcoming self-doubt. When we set unrealistic goals, we set ourselves up for failure, which can reinforce self-doubt. Instead, set achievable goals that align with your strengths and values. This will help you build momentum and confidence, which can help you overcome self-doubt in the long run.

Surround Yourself with Positive Influences

The people we surround ourselves with can greatly impact our self-doubt. If you are constantly surrounded by negative influences, it can be challenging to build inner strength and maintain a positive mindset. Instead, surround yourself with positive influences, such as supportive friends and family, mentors, or positive role models. These individuals can provide encouragement and help you stay motivated on your journey to overcoming self-doubt.

Self-doubt is a common feeling that can hold us back from reaching our full potential. However, with the right strategies, we can overcome self-doubt and empower ourselves to achieve our goals. By cultivating inner strength, maintaining a positive mindset, and practising, we can build the confidence and resilience needed to overcome self-doubt. Remember, self-doubt is a normal part of the human experience, and with determination and perseverance, we can overcome it and reach our full potential.

Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly can I expect to see results when applying these strategies to overcome self-doubt?

Results in overcoming self-doubt vary, but with consistent application of strategies, individuals often experience positive shifts in mindset and confidence within a few weeks. Patience and commitment are key to cultivating lasting self-empowerment.

Can these strategies be applied to different aspects of life, such as work or personal relationships?

The self-empowerment strategies provided are versatile and can be seamlessly applied to various life aspects, fostering confidence, resilience, and positive transformations in both professional and personal realms.

Are there additional resources or practices that complement these essential strategies for a more comprehensive self-empowerment journey?

Supplement your self-empowerment journey with additional resources like self-help books, workshops, and mindfulness practices. Incorporating holistic approaches enhances the effectiveness of the essential strategies, providing a well-rounded path to sustained self-empowerment.


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