Awaken your inner energy
How Kundalini yoga connects you with your spiritual side.
Kundalini yoga is based on the seven energy chakras-the arc line (a halo that stretches around your forehead, earlobe to earlobe)- and the aura (eighth chakra which is a connection between body and mind). It works directly on the total energy of the body, also known as chi or prana, making you wholly aware of your creative potential.
According to yogic philosophy, kundalini is a spiritual energy or life force. It is visualised as a coiled-up serpent in the first chakra (the muladhar chakra, at the base of the spine). The right kind of pranayamas and kriyas activates the kundalini energy. This activated energy then travels along the three nadis: ida (left), pingala (right) and sushumna (central) nadi (nervous system). These are considered to be the main channels of pranic energy in the body-passing through each of the six chakras, reaching the crown chakra leading to supreme consciousness.
Starting with Kundalini
While practising postures and meditating, the focus is on releasing energy and channelling your creative energies in this form of yoga. In doing so, we avoid the mistake of focussing too much on the physical aspect of the posture. This yoga is for all age groups and is best performed at room temperature or in natural surroundings.
Kundalini yoga involves kriyas-a set of exercises that include postures, mudras and mantras with intense use of breath control. Each kriya helps tackle issues of the spine, kidneys, adrenals, depression, nervous system and lymphatic system. Each session ends with meditation.
This kriya should be practised every day for at least three minutes.
Sit on your heels and stretch your arms over the head. Keep your eyes slightly open and look at the tip of the nose. Interlock all the fingers except the index fingers which should point straight up. Then cross the left thumb over the right thumb. After a while, you can hold your hands in prayer and chant 'sat' with the voice emphasising from the navel and solar plexus and then suck in your stomach. Chant 'naam' as you relax the belly and simultaneously release the muscles. You can relax for twice the length of time that the kriya was practiced. With practise, you can increase the duration of the kriya. Do remember to relax afterwards.
This kriya helps you calm down, channelise your energy and makes your heart stronger by regulating your blood pressure. You may build the time of the kriya to 62 minutes, but remember to relax immediately afterwards.
You should know
This yoga is for all age groups and is suited for all, beginners, intermediate and advanced. Start with a certified Kundalini yoga teacher and then go into self practice.
What to Expect: Challenge and master breathing techniques
Your First Class: A cocktail of chanting and breath control
Try it if. . .You want to get in touch with your creative side