Dealing with Your Own Mind

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This meditation was originally taught on January 9, 1998 by the Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan. 

Posture: Sit in Easy Pose with a straight spine. 

Breath: Close off your right nostril with your right thumb and inhale deeply through your left nostril. Exhale completely through your mouth.

Time: Continue for 6 minutes.

To End: Inhale deeply, interlace your fingers and stretch them over your head palms up. Hold your breath for 10-15 seconds while you stretch your spine upward. Exhale and relax.


Long deep breathing through the left nostril is good for the heart and good for the health. It will calm you down. You can train yourself to breathe through either nostril.

Your mind can be controlled, your life can be controlled, a situation can be controlled — with the breath. Switching your breath to the left nostril can help you get out of bad situations.

If you can switch to breathing through the left nostril, your radiance expands and you become positive rather than angry and reactive.

The mind is a link between Infinity and you. Mind can take you into any thought, beyond thought, and unto Infinity. It can also take you into any dungeon, any negativity. Mind has no limit. The mind is your servant. But if the mind becomes your master, watch out.

After two minutes of this Kriya, you may start feeling bored. The negative mind kicks in: “What are you doing this for? This is a waste of time. I could be doing something else.”

The mind doesn’t want to be caught. It wants to roam freely. It’s hard work to control the mind, and once we control the mind, the mind will serve us.


Meditation images courtesy of Kundalini Mobile.

©The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan

This Pranayam is from the book Praana, Praanee, Pranaayam available from KRI 

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