Taking time out to do a spiritual pilgrimage is something many yoga practitioners often dream about.
Fortunately, spiritual pilgrimages do not always require traveling to exotic places or spending money.
Embark on a spiritual journey and transform your life for the better with these notable pilgrimages you can easily do at home:
- Pranayama Pilgrimage
For many people, nothing is more effective at connecting with inner spaciousness than the breath.
Discover and take a journey into your inner world by practicing pranayama both in the morning and in the evening.
When you wake up, sit up in your bed and practice alternate nostril breathing (Nadi Shodhana).
At night before you sleep, consider doing a pranayama that will not require the use of your hands.
For starters, you can do the Smavrrtti Pranayama where you inhale-retain and exhale-retain for 4 counts each.
The Smavrrtti Pranayama can be very effective in helping you drift right off to sleep.
- Mini Meditation Pilgrimage
This type of pilgrimage entail that you do five minute meditations thrice daily.
Ideally, it would be best to meditate at around the same time each day.
While a 5-minute meditation three times daily might seem trivial, nothing can be farther from the truth.
Given that you stick to the practice religiously, in a month’s time you will be able to clock in over 7 hours of meditation time!
Now, that is significant especially if you are new to the practice or if you need a good jumpstart!
- Self-Study Pilgrimage
If you are looking to deepen your self-awareness, then consider articulation of your thoughts a must.
If a deeper sense of self-awareness is what you are looking to achieve, consider this the ideal yoga pilgrimage to try.
Each day, set aside time to take note of what you want, how you feel, and what your energy is like.
The beautiful thing about this practice is you don’t need to write in complete sentence and observe flawless grammar when putting things into writing.
The main point of this pilgrimage is self-study or svadhyaya.
To get the most out of the practice, do the writing first thing in the morning so you can set the intention for the day and read back what you have written before you go to sleep.
If you do not know where to start, consider answering the following questions to get the ball rolling:
- What is on the forefront of your mind at the moment?
- How do you want to feel today?
- What is your energy like at the moment?
- What are you looking to accomplish?
- Creativity Pilgrimage
If you think your creativity can use some polishing, you can never go with this one!
This type of yoga pilgrimage will entail doing self-focused activities on a daily basis, or at least until the 30-day duration is over.
Set aside at least 15 minutes each day to engage in a creative activity.
This can be chanting, meditating, drawing, or journaling.
Just pick a creative activity that speaks to you.
The primary goal of this activity would be to work on your creativity sans judgment or any specific goal in mind.
- Vision Board Pilgrimage
Those who practice this can attest that a vision board would be an effective way of manifesting your dreams and thoughts.
If this is something you can’t wait to try, begin by finding a place for your vision board.
Over the next 30 days or however long you want to keep the practice, add collaged, drawn, or written elements to your board.
Now, here’s the fun part.
Observe if your dreams have manifested and how it came to fruition.
- Mantra Pilgrimage
This pilgrimage can be quite challenging as you would attempt to do 108 mantra meditations to start and end your day.
Start with basic mantras like Om Gam Ganapataye or Om Namah Shivaya.
As you move along, notice how the practice will help you create focus and rhythm.