A Meditation for Healing Addiction

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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, victimhood, 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.

Breakdown as taught by Yogi Bhajan

Sit in an Easy Pose, with a light jalandhar bandh. Straighten the spine and make sure the 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 to 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. 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 🙂

  2. 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,


  3. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 🙂

  4. 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.

  5. 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. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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,


  8. 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. 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

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

  10. 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,

      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!


  11. 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. 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. 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

  12. 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. Here’s a great book for pranayama

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

  13. 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

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

  15. 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.

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

  17. My cousin advisable I’d probably like that site. He / she used to be completely proper. This particular blog post basically created the working day. You can not consider the amount of time I had created invested because of this facts! Thank you so much!

  18. 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

  19. 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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  21. Good thing I came across your site Gabby! 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, however after doing this for sometimes help me to relax and get used to the routine. Thanks for sharing! :)By the way Does anyone know where I would be able to get access to a template TAA Form 11-D form to work with ?

    1. glad the meditations are serving you! not sure what you mean by this: By the way Does anyone know where I would be able to get access to a template TAA Form 11-D form to work with ?

  22. Hi Gabby! I have been looking to find a demonstration of HOW to ‘lock the first 6 vertebraes forward’ as it says one must do in the meditationf or healing addictions. First of all, we don’t even have 6 lower vertebraes, so I’m slightly confused. Can you help me out? How do you nomrlally explain and demonstrate this part to your students? Sat Nam and Much Love.

    1. I clarified the text – thanks! You just want to make sure you are sitting up comfortably straight, not slumping into your lower back. xo

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