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Second Body - The Negative (Protective) Mind

Updated: Nov 30, 2022

In the teachings of Kundalini Yoga, the human being has 10 bodies not 1. Each body has its own attributes, and the 2nd body is the negative, mind.

The second, third, and fourth bodies are mental bodies, also known as the three functional minds.

Most human beings identify with their physical body and think of themselves in physical terms.

In terms of Yogic Anatomy, each human is however a complex being made up of ten bodies: the physical body, the three mental bodies, and six energy bodies.

The Second body - Identifies possible dangers or shortcomings in a situation. Expresses protective caution about the future and sees the downside or pitfalls in every situation out of a genuine sense of caring.

Qualities: Conservative containment, discipline to avoid the precarious

Key phrase: “The Longing to Belong” – Your soul longs to unite with the Infinite.

Mastery: Gives form to the creativity of your Soul Body by developing the discernment to identify potential dangers and set protective boundaries. Through the resulting sense of safety, your soul’s longing is satisfied by connecting deeply to its own God Self.

If imbalanced, weak: Poor choices in relationships; easily fooled, can’t recognize potential danger. If too strong: immobilized by imagined dangers and negative attitude towards the future.

Key to Balancing: Exercise your discipline; develop conscious relationships of integrity, and feel deserving enough to defend yourself. The key to balancing the second body, if it is too strong is to develop the Negative Mind, by modeling the behaviors of those who are successful in their expression of enthusiasm, trust, and hope.

The question for the Second Body is; Can I calculate the risk in a situation?

If the situation goes wrong, how can I protect myself?

What do I need to Consider?

Example: Crossing the road. Going from point A to B.

Not moving from A = overprotective = imbalance 2 body

Not looking = very positive = over projective = imbalance 3 body

Stopping, looking and listening = balance 2 and 3 body = meditative mind

Each of the ten bodies relates specifically to the qualities of one of the ten Sikh gurus.

He was known for his obedience, discipline, and endurance.


In a challenging position, you may feel fearful and or overly protective. You may also jump into situations or relationships without considering the consequences. You may carry with you all the feelings around you without being responsible for them.

You may feel insecure or indecisive when making a decision. You may also feel unable to join with another person.

You have a great desire to have meaningful relationships but you need to consider the risk before jumping into them in order to be successful.

In a strong position, you are able to see the negative side of situations and you take calculated risks. You can join with others successfully and can merge into relationships happily. This is a feminine energy number and it can be very supportive. Diplomatic, peacemaker, harmonious and obedient is associated with this body.

The 2nd body corresponds to the second Chakra. The element is water, and its properties are fluidity, flexibility, and connection. In intercourse, the water in the man will be the semen, also known as Ojas, and in the women, it will be the lubricant. In a yogic lifestyle, you can enjoy sexual life with your partner at the same time but it’s also important to restrain from sexual activity with the goal of preserving that potent energy. This energy strengthens the immune system, makes the skin shine, and makes you physically very active.

This is not a negative thing. This energy is necessary to have. It protects you!

Every 2 wants to become 1. It’s the urge to merge, the desire to belong to something like a group, a relationship, a job, etc. The idea is to merge into something so you are different because of it.

You need to calculate the dangers of any situation, identify the appropriate boundaries, and decide what’s best for you and your new union.

The union discussed in Yoga is the union of your higher self and your lower self.



“I’m part of that, I belong to myself”

How to do it:

Ratio 4:4. Inhale through your nose in 4 parts, and exhale through your nose in 4 parts using the full capacity of your lungs. Straighten the legs out in front of you and bring your arms out in front, parallel to the floor, with the thumbs up and the rest of the fingers bent. Close the eyes 9/10 of the way and look at the thighs. Now lean back slightly. Hold this position and start mentally vibrating the mantra. So So So So during the inhalation, and Hum Hum Hum Hum during the exhalation. 3 minutes.

Here are some examples of exercises to connect you with the Positive Body.

Moving wide leg stretch. Sit with the legs separated before you. Inhale, then exhale while stretching down to the left. Inhale while raising to the center, then exhale and stretch down to the center. Inhale while raising to the center, then exhale while stretching down to the right. Keep your eyes closed for 2 minutes.

Triangle pose. Long deep breathing. 3 minutes.

Cobra pose. Long deep breathing. 3 minutes. To end: inhale, exhale and hold the breath out and apply root lock.

Baby pose. 1 minute.

Spinal flex holding the breath. Sit down in an easy pose or on the heels. Inhale and hold your breath in as long as you can comfortably do so while flexing the spine. When you need to inhale again, straighten the spine in the center, stop the motion and exhale. 3 minutes.

Meditation for negating false identity. This meditation requires an active thinking mind. Sit in an easy pose and start thinking of how you identify yourself. For example, your gender, your name, your family role, your job, etc. Think about all the good and bad qualities you can. After each thought, deny it. For example, I am a teacher, and I’m not a teacher. The goal is to peel off the layers so at the end it’s only the unknown that is left. The You! 5 to 11 minutes.

Gemstones strengthen the Second body, the negative mind, to help promote protective thoughts that identify danger.

Stones: Malachite to dispel negativity and old behaviors. Black onyx for protection, especially when overwhelmed. Both gemstones create confidence and leadership.

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