We’ve all been there. Out of nowhere, you break from a deep sleep and suddenly you are wide awake, your mind racing on a vicious cycle of your deepest fears.

As a yogi, I am familiar with this time of day: 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. is a sacred time; in the Kundalini yoga tradition, we call it Amrit Vela. Amrit means nectar and Vela means time.
In these quiet hours, there is a portal, a connection to your source. Call it God, the Universe, or Your Higher Self. Wherever your beliefs reside, embrace them.
You have the most access to this sweet connection during these hours. It is the most natural time of day to meditate, reflect, journal and come close to your spirit and the Great Spirit.

 So rather than pushing away and adding more resistance to this early morning inner battle, turn toward it.
Get out of bed, find a place in your home that feels warm and safe, and go to it. If you’ve set up a sacred space, go there, and practice alternate nostril breathing for 6 to 11 minutes. This breathing technique is masterful at balancing the nervous system.

Bring your busy mind to the breath, the in and out flow of warm air through your body and your life, soothing the sharp edges of your concerns. 
If it feels right, add this mantra: I am safe in this moment and recite it over and over again until you can feel yourself rest deeply.

Fear and anxiety jolt the nervous system out of balance; alternate nostril breathing will realign it.
If you’re too tired to get up, stay in bed, turn on your right side, and bring your right hand to your face. Close off your right nostril with your right thumb and breathe through your left nostril for 6 to 11 minutes. Left nostril breathing will bring you a sense of calm. I often fall asleep before I know I have even stopped! You can practice this technique anywhere at any time.Now when I wake up in the Amrit Vela, I know that my Higher Power is connecting with me. I no longer struggle with wondering why. I get up, go to my sacred space, do my practice, and return to bed. It works every time. I release my fear to my Higher Power, and my mind is met with peace.

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Peace on the trail… 
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