Releasing Negative Habits
“Most of our lives are spent doing things out of habit – how we walk, talk, dress, eat and especially how we think. Some habits are beneficial, but many are not. They tear us down and only give us temporary pleasure. Yogi Bhajan called these “self-defeating habits.” When they get out of control, they become addictions. Overcoming these habits can seem daunting. The key to change is to substitute positive habits for self-defeating ones. It is your birthright as a human being to be healthy and happy. Claim it!” ~ Shakti Parwha Kaur from the book, Meditations for Addictive Behavior by Mukta Kaur Khalsa, Ph.D.
I have struggled with self-defeating and negative habits personally, including addiction. I began drinking and using drugs at age 13, and at age 41, I have been clean and sober from drugs and alcohol for over 7 years. I am also in recovery from codependency and from being married to an addict for 6 years. It is part of my mission to share Kundalini Yoga with others who have had or are having similar struggles. Every Monday I devote a noon class to offering solutions to addictions and negative habits. Releasing negative habits takes consistency and awareness, and Kundalini Yoga and the SuperHealth technology I am certified in offer yoga, meditation, breathwork, diet, juicing, affirmation, and support to individuals looking to move beyond negative habits and move towards freedom from addiction, health, and living in authenticity and wholeness.
When Yogi Bhajan arrived in the US in 1969, he encountered a whole culture of young people who were experimenting with mind-altering substances. He recognized in them a desire to connect to something beyond their ordinary reality and expand their awareness. Unfortunately, the substances they were using were often toxic to their physical bodies and led to addiction and a decrease of motivation and life force energy. He realized that in order to share the consciousness expanding tools of Kundalini Yoga, he would first need to help them let go of a lifestyle which often depended upon drugs and alcohol. Drugs and alcohol and the powerful technology of Kundalini Yoga do not mix. He therefore set up centers to help people detox from drugs and alcohol using gentle yoga, meditation, diet, herbs and juicing to rehabilitate their minds, bodies and spirits. These protocols and techniques were called SuperHealth, and today there are many trainings to teach Kundalini Yoga teachers and others how to share this life-saving technology with others. I completed this certification training in Spring of 2015 and have since dedicated Mondays to sharing SuperHealth with the Boulder community. People have shared with me that they are working on releasing negative habits including smoking, abusing alcohol and marijuana, living with too much stress, codependency, and several other issues. Classes focus on a wide range of topics, from detoxing from marijuana and cocaine, to healing childhood trauma, to connecting with one’s creativity and destiny. All are welcome to this class, whether they are aware of wanting to release a negative habit or just want a powerful Kundalini Yoga experience.
The teacher most responsible for organizing and training others in the SuperHealth technology, Mukta Kaur Khalsa, will be traveling to The Adi Shakti Center in September 2015 to lead a weekend long introductory training in SuperHealth. This training is for everyone – yoga students and teachers, nurses, therapists, social workers, people working with releasing their own negative habits, and anyone else interested in how these non-invasive techniques can heal people of stress, trauma, depression, anxiety as well as addictions to substances. For more information on SuperHealth, go to http://www.super-health.net. For more information on the training at Adi Shakti, contact Rachel.Zelaya@gmail.com or go to www.AdiShaktiCenter.com. Or join us on Mondays at noon and be ready to take healing and releasing negative habits to a deeper level.
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