A Meditation for Healing Addiction

Let’s face it: in some form or another we all suffer from addiction. These days we often turn to drugs, alcohol, food, sex, work, the Internet and many other addictive obsessions in efforts to avoid feeling our discomfort. If we’re not addicted to the drugs, cigarettes or the typical vices then we are subconsciously addicted to fear, rejection, victim-hood etc. In some way we’re all addicted to negative patterns.

When we’re addicted there is an imbalance in the pineal gland also called the the third eye. The pineal gland is a small endocrine gland in the vertebrate brain. When the pineal gland is imbalanced bad habits turn into addictions. The imbalance in the pineal gland affects the pituitary gland which regulates the rest of the glandular system. When the pituitary gland is affected the entire body and mind go out of balance.

Use this Kundalini meditation for any type of addiction from alcoholism to addiction to fear based thoughts.

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Breakdown as taught by Yogi Bhajan
Sit in an Easy Pose, with a light jalandhar bandh. Straighten the spine and make sure the first six lower vertebrae are locked forward.

Eyes: Keep the eyes closed and focus at the Brow Point.

Mantra: SAA-TAA-NAA-MAA {in your mind as you press down on your molars}

Mudra: Make fists of both hands and extend the thumbs straight. Place the thumbs on the temples and find the niche where the thumbs just fit. This is the lower anterior portion of the frontal bone above the temporal-sphenoidal suture. Lock the back molars together and keep the lips closed. Keeping the teeth pressed together throughout,
alternately squeeze the molars tightly and then release the pressure. A muscle will move in rhythm under the thumbs. Feel it massage the thumbs and apply a firm pressure with the hands. Silently vibrate the five primal sounds—the Panj Shabd—SAA-TAA-NAA-MAA, at the brow.

Time: Continue for 5-7 minutes. With practice the time can be increased to 20 minutes and ultimately to 31 minutes.

If you want to learn more about Kundalini Yoga check out my teacher Gurmukh’s video class.

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  1. Claire says: April 22, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Hi Gabby, thanks so much for sharing another fantastic meditation with us! Can I just ask are we meant to say the mantra out loud? I was a bit confused about how to put the pressure on the molars while speaking if we are.
    Thanks :)

    1. Gabby says: April 22, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      in you mind

      1. Claire says: April 22, 2013 at 3:12 pm

        Thank you

  2. Orsi says: April 22, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Hey Gabby & everyone,

    I’ve been doing this meditation and found a great satanama mantra in YouTube that I play in the background to help me focus. If you search “satanama meditation” there is a 31 minute one you could use. The first 5-7 minutes are consistent and then it changes to whispering which can act as a reminder when you could stop if you’re just starting.

    Sat Nam,


    1. Gabby says: April 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      orsi u rock

  3. Laura says: April 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

    This sounds amazing! I was just wondering if it is ever okay to do lying down? I was hit by a car two weeks ago and have to keep one of my feet elevated at all times. I have trouble sitting up and definitely can’t sit in any type of cross leg position. I know I won’t be getting the full benefits but I would still like to be able to start kundalini meditation…

    1. Gabby says: April 22, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      sorry i was rushing when i responded! Laura I’m so sorry to hear that you were hit by a car. Sitting up in a chair is fine. And see my comment below about envisioning yourself doing the exercise.

      1. Devon says: April 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm

        Hi Laura. Wow, that was a bit dismissive, hey? Sorry to hear of your car accident, I can’t imagine how that must have been for you. I’ve found in meditations throughout the years that intent is the key, not positions, or even ‘words’, although this may amplify healing. I do hope you find a comfortable position and begin your healing journey. Namaste

        1. Gabby says: April 22, 2013 at 5:42 pm

          devon thanks for catching that! I was responding fast and just saw the question about lying down. PLEASE forgive me everyone. Laura, sit up in a chair if that is comfortable. Also, in Kundalini yoga you can even envision yourself doing the physical pose and still get the same benefits. Again, I apologize for my quick response. That’s what happens when I try to get back to everyone at once. Sending you lots of healing love.

          1. Devon says: April 22, 2013 at 8:41 pm

            Lol, no problem Gabby! I work with addictions (which as you say in the vid, affects us all), so I’m always heartened when people make a huge effort. And doing it after a car accident like Laura went through, well that’s something! Very impressed by your gracious response, thank you. :)

          2. Gabby says: April 22, 2013 at 9:32 pm

            thank you again for your reply and for looking out for laura! xo

  4. Jonathan says: April 22, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Thanks for that meditation, Ms. Bernstein. I became a student of kundalini as a result of interest generated by you. In my class, we are doing a year long preparaion for the Bound Lotus Kriya! Challenging for sure and we are doing lots of hip openers that I generally love.
    p.s. Nice definition on the arms. Some of those kriyas can be great exercise.

    1. Gabby says: April 22, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      bound lotus will change your life. go for it!

  5. Nicole W says: April 22, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Hi Gabby and everyone,
    I find this meditation really hard to do! I don’t know if it’s because I am not trained in kundalini yoga but it’s hard to remember to breathe, repeat mantra, clench jaw and hold arms up! Any help? Because I could really benefit from this because I do struggle with addiction and am currently in recovery on the path to self love! Thanks.

    1. Gabby says: April 22, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      repeat the mantra as you put pressure on

    2. Pamela says: April 25, 2013 at 7:02 am

      Nicole, I find it really hard to do to. Start slowly with it. Perhaps you can just do 1 minute for a week or even a month and then go up to 1.5 minutes and so on. You will build strength over time. Another great meditation that is more gentle to begin with is Kirtan Kriya. Don’t forget to Tune In with the Adi Mantra before you begin. Sat Nam1

      1. Nicole W says: April 26, 2013 at 1:01 am

        ok thanks so much i really appreciate it! I will take your advice and try it slowly and build my way up : )

  6. virginia says: April 22, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Wonderful idea! I was feeling overwhelmed-tried. I tried this meditation for 5 minutes. I feel relieved-energized and focus. So easy and simple. Thank you Gabby!

    1. Gabby says: April 22, 2013 at 1:30 pm


  7. katharine says: April 22, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Hi Gabby and everyone :)

    I was just wondering with this meditation, do you say the mantra out loud, or is it an internal repetition? also does it matter in what rhythm you do it, as in, sat on an inhale nam on an exhale?

    Thank you for any help you can provide!

    With Love,


    1. Gabby says: April 22, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      in your mind

  8. Joss says: April 22, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Hi everyone !
    Gabby, Thank you so much for posting this awesome meditation! Thank you <3

    1. Gabby says: April 22, 2013 at 9:33 pm


  9. Arlyn says: April 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    I recently realized that I often subconsciously clench my jaw/grind my teeth. So this kind of seems like practicing a habit I’m trying to break. Any thoughts?

    1. Gabby says: April 22, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      this is different. place pressure and release

    2. Pamela says: April 25, 2013 at 7:05 am

      Arlyn, in Ayurveda, jaw clenching and teeth grinding is a sign of imbalance in the 7th tissue system called the Shukra. Consider your diet…..favor a more uplifting diet of veggies, beans, whole grains, and fruits. If you do drink alcohol, that does contribute to it. Caffeine, sugar, and processed foods are also contributing. You will need to eat really clean and live clean for about 3 months. Consider a practice called Tibeten dream yoga as well. It will allow you to lucid dream and interrupt the pattern as you sleep. There are many books on the subject. You might try Gunputi meditation and introduce the intent to correct the habit at the beginning of the meditation. Sat Nam

  10. Tina says: April 22, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Hi Gabby,
    Are we supposed to think of the bad habit prior to? During or not at all and it will just be eliminated any and all over time?

    1. Gabby says: April 22, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      good question. I suggest thinking about what it is that you want to release. set an intention before you meditate.

  11. Monica says: April 22, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Thank you, Gaby! I’ll try it, and let you know the results.

    1. Gabby says: April 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm


  12. kristy says: April 24, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Hi Gabby,your wonderful and i have all the tools your books meditations, books you have recommended..my schedule is not consistent which then leads to me not being consistent with this work (that i know is so beneficial and does so much good for not only me but all those who i come in contact with) so is there one thing that you can suggest to do that will get me started like a certain meditation or mantra just to start off with that will help with me finding the solution to become able to make this a daily commitment. thank you bunches!!

    1. kristy says: April 26, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      is there some reason why my messages never get a response?

    2. Jill says: December 12, 2014 at 10:46 am


      Watch this YouTube video of Gurmukh explaining how to do the kundalini Liberation Kriya. It is a 9-minute daily kundalini practice that is done for 40 consecutive days. If you want change, this is an amazing place to begin. Be prepared! It also helps build discipline and commitment when your consistency is all over the place! Try setting up a meditation timer app to keep track of the 3-minute intervals for you. (I use Insight Timer – no affiliation). May you be happy. May you be well. Sat Nam!

  13. Alejandra says: April 30, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Hi gaby!!! I love kundalini but i am afraid to do this meditations cause i ve read so much bad stuff about awakening kundalini too soon!!! Any suggestions? Can i do this meditations u post with no risk!??? Thanks very much for all your posts!!! Im loving your book, may cause miracles!! Thanks for spread the love!! Love to u

    1. Gabby says: April 30, 2013 at 9:38 am

      I don’t believe that to be an issue. My teachers have said that in their 50 years of teaching they’ve never seen this.

      1. Pamela says: April 30, 2013 at 10:00 am

        Alejandra, find a studio that offers Kundalini classes and be guided by a Certified teacher. All yoga awakens the Kundalini energy. Kudalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is just a little more directed. Perhaps even start with Hatha yoga and a meditation on the breath. Tweek your nutrition a little too to the more pure or what we call “sattvic”…grains, beans, veggies, and fruits. It’s all about just taking care of yourself so your light shines through. Om, Pamela

  14. Alejandra says: April 30, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Thanks so much gaby!!!
    Thanks to you too Pamela, I do yoga ashtanga and vinyasa but i ve been afraid to do some pranayama!! I live in doha qatar and there are no kundalini studios here! But would love to do the meditations gaby presented here!!!! Thanks again for the feedback

    1. Pamela says: May 1, 2013 at 10:27 am

      Here’s a great book for pranayama

      Praana Praanee Praanayam Exploring the Breath Technology of Kundalini Yoga As Taught By Yogi Bhajan

  15. Alan332 says: May 24, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Hi Gabby,

    Just bought your May cause miracles and registered for your web update, thank you for the two meditation presents they are lovely and have been tried I feel so calm.

    Thank you

  16. Monica Utrilla says: June 6, 2013 at 11:19 am

    God bless you for being so generous with us, I am addicted to the pain of my divorce, ¿could you share something with me?

  17. Kim says: June 8, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Hi Gabby. I have been addicted to tramadol, a pain medicine, for over a year now. I am now going through withdrawls, and the anxiety and depression are horrible. I can’t concentrate. I don’t have a lot of money to go out and buy natural supplements for relief. Any suggestions? Thank you.

    1. Gabby says: June 9, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      Try this video: A meditation for healing addiction http://gabbyb.tv/vlogging/a-meditation-for-healing-addiction

      1. Kim says: June 9, 2013 at 2:02 pm

        Thank you, Gaby. I will try this, and I also have some passionflower supplements that may help. Thank you!!

  18. Tracieanne says: June 13, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Thank you Gabby .You are a wonderful soul .Thank you so much .I relate to everything you share Nd am very grateful

    1. Gabby says: June 13, 2013 at 11:46 pm


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  20. dawn says: September 9, 2013 at 5:20 am

    hiii gabby and everyone :) i was wondering if i should stop the addiction im trying to quit (smoking) on the 1st day of starting the meditation or do the meditation and wait for the addiction to ease and go away? thankyou :) xxx

  21. Wendy says: November 11, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    hI gab,
    Thanks for sharing this. It’s not clear to me if we’re to say SaTaNaMa while clenching on your molars while pressing your temples or not. Would you please clarify?
    Thanks love.
    Sat Nam!

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  23. aNDY says: July 19, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Gabby – I have watched other youtube videos of the same meditation suggesting starting with 3 minutes. I have started the meditation but not been regular. I am struggling from addiction and was wondering if I start doing this religiously 5-7 minutes daily, how soon can I expect to see results? Do I have to make this a habit and do it daily or do I only do it for 40 days? Thank you!

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