What is kundalini yoga?
Kundalini yoga is a school of yoga that incorporates poses (Asanas), dynamic breathing techniques (Pranayama), meditation, hand and finger movements (Mudras), body locks (Bandhas), and the chanting of mantras simultaneously or in sequence to increase consciousness and build physical vitality. This series is called "Kriya". Practicing a kriya initiates a sequence of changes, both physical and mental, that simultaneously affect the body, mind, and spirit.
The goal of Kundalini yoga is to awaken the Kundalini energy which is located at the base of the spine, like a coiled snake. The word "Kundalini" comes from a Sanskrit word which means "coiling" or "coiled". This energy is creative and vast.
Interestingly, Kundalini yoga uses angles in the Asanas. Combining angles with other aspects such as the Pranayama can mean that the pressure is applied on the glandular systems of the body, which causes secretions to flow throughout the body once the Asana has been released. This allows the glandular system to create emotional stability and balance itself.
What are the benefits of kundalini yoga?
Kundalini Yoga has several health benefits which include:
- a healthier, stronger body
- a stronger mind
- reduced pain from injuries
- balances the glandular system
- strengthens the nervous system
- creates self-confidence
- allows the person to become more sensitive and intuitive
- may help in treating addiction
Different kundalini yoga poses
Kundalini Yoga mainly focuses on achieving concentration while increasing flexibility. The following are some basic poses used in a Kundalini Yoga regardless of the level of practice or flexibility:
- Padmasana (Lotus Pose)
- Vrksasana (Tree Pose)
- Savasana (Corpse Pose)
- Marjariasana Bidalasana (Cat-Cow Pose)
- Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
What to expect from kundalini yoga
The Kundalini Yoga poses can be performed by people of all ages. It also helps the students to feel empowered and invigorated.
Despite sharing the goals with Hatha yoga, the results from Kundalini yoga can be received up to 16 times faster and it is much easier to practice. The speed of the yoga makes it very powerful and should only be taught by a professional.
It is important to always have the guidance of a professional when practicing Kundalini yoga because the Kundalini energy should never be awakened forcefully without the help of a guide. If the Kundalini energy is incorrectly awakened, it may result in confusion, depression, stress, irregular breathing, mood swings, immoral behaviour and maybe even psychosis.