Kundalini Yoga – Kundalini awakening
What is Kundalini Yoga
Also known as the Yoga of Awareness, this is an ancient form of Yoga that has only recently been introduced to the western world. In the year 1969, Yogi Bhajan, a Kundalini Yoga Guru, founded the Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization also known as the 3HO as a means to take Kundalini Yoga to the masses in India and overseas.
The term Kundalini refers to the energy that sits on the base of the spine (the last chakra in our body) and is untapped by us in our day to day functioning. If drawn up the spine it can awaken all of the seven chakras in our body (Chakras are the energy centers in our body from the spine to the head). The highest enlightenment occurs when this energy is drawn up to the Crown Chakra, which is located on the top of our head.
Kundalini Yoga Postures – Kundalini Yoga Asanas
There are many asanas or postures within the umbrella of Kundalini Yoga. Each asana pertains to a certain breathing movement that allows the lower body to loosen up so that the energy stored can travel upwards. Kundalini sequences are also known as Kriyas and they mostly consist of rapid breathing movements that are repeated or they may also be about breathing while sitting in a particular pose.
If you are going to attend a Kundalini Yoga class here is what you should expect. It all begins with a small chant, followed by easy exercises to loosen up your body so that it becomes flexible and tension free. Then the main focus of the class is on a particular Kriya, which basically are Pranayama or poses that are beneficial to particular areas of the body. That done, then there is a mediation session during which time the teacher may also ring a gong and there is a closing song at the end.
Along with various other Kriyas and asanas, the one that is the most simple and also very effective is the breathing through alternative nostrils. This is said to cleanse the pathways that the Kundalini energy travels in.
The practice of this Yoga is said to broaden our sensory horizon on a wider scale, make us more intuitive and bring about a union between the individual and divine consciousness. Its main objective is to harness the spiritual and creative energy that exists within us.
Kundalini is a more spiritual form of Yoga. It goes much beyond the physical poses and asanas to a more spiritual level of chanting and mudras. Therefore this Yoga is strongly advised for people who want physical and mental well being and are willing to go the extra mile to achieve that.