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Written by Dr Ashwini Konnur,
“Kundalini Yoga is not a religion. Religions come out of it. Kundalini Yoga is not a fad, and it’s not a cult. It’s a practice of experience of a person’s own excellence, which is dormant and which is awakened.”
-Yogi Bhajan, 7/26/96
Kundalini Yoga, also known as laya yoga comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Kundalin’ which means ‘circular’ while in Tantrasadbhava Tantra, it means ‘ring, bracelet or to coil’. Hence, Kundalini is refered to the energy that coils from the base of our spine or the Muladara Chakra.The energy of Kundalini can be felt only when it moves through the body, as the body begins to observe its strength. Kundalini is symbolized by a serpent or snake.
Kundalini Yoga is called the Yoga of Awareness. Eastern traditions conferred Kundalini as a concealed spiritual force of immense power and potential. This indwelling energy can be awakened to purify the subtle system of the being. The awakening of Kundalini takes place from the base of the spine and at this point the coiled energy moves to uncoil itself and travels up the spine. The energy travels through the Ida and Pingala Nadi in the subtle body. Once it reaches the crown i.e. top of the head the divine union takes place integrating with the Greater Beyond.
So how does one uncoil this hidden energy?
The practice of Kundalini yoga includes movement or asanas, dynamic breathing techniques or Pranayama, meditation, and the chanting of mantras. It is designed to elevate complete body awareness to prepare the body, nervous system, and the mind to handle energy of rising Kundalini. The asanas or physical postures mainly focus on navel region and movement of the spine. Pranayama and practice of bandhas helps to release and control the flow of Kundalini energy from the lower centers i.e. base to the higher energetic centers i.e. crown.
Always remember aim of any Yoga is to find the ultimate bliss and to unite with the supreme but Kundalini Yoga mainly aims at finding the ultimate bliss. One should always start from the scratch and not rush into conclusion. To handle the energy got from Kundalini Yoga and to utilize the same one needs to know how to balance one self and to do the same one has to follow his/her Guru’s instruction appropriately.
Things to Remember:
Kundalini Yoga must be done early in the morning or three hours after food in a well-ventilated spacious room facing towards East or North direction. It is best to pray or chant “Om” before commencing the practice. While practicing Kundalini yoga always remember to take Satvik food and to avoid all kinds of junk food and beverages in order to increase the Satva quality in oneself. Help the ones in need and avoid loose talks. Develop habit of sacrifice and reduce your wants. Respect elders and your Guru. Regular practice is a must to experience the bliss of the ultimate energy.
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