Yoga means unity. It means the unity of the mind and the body. When our body and mind are in unison with each other we are functioning at our optimal best. There are various forms of yoga meant for different purposes. From light breathing exercises to a full-fledged power yoga session for weight loss, one can achieve anything they want with yoga. Here we are about to explore one of the most powerful forms of yoga – Kundalini Yoga.
What is Kundalini yoga?
Kundalini yoga awakens the dormant spiritual energy that lies at the base of our spine. This spiritual energy is said to lie in a coil symbolized as a sleeping serpent. Once you awaken this energy with Kundalini yoga, it never stays at the same place and ascends higher in your system till it reaches the crown chakra that lies at the top of your head. This leads to the expansion of your consciousness beyond the normal threshold.
There are simple things about this yoga that you may have surely heard, but if not- here are 5 things you ought to know about Kundalini Yoga-
Heals the nervous system
Excessive exposure to technology and stressful life events take a toll on our nervous system. The result is a constant feeling of anxiety coupled with the inability to let go of toxic thoughts. Prolonged damage to the nervous system may start feeling like you are eternally drained. Kundalini yoga helps with eliminating such systematic tension and soothes your nervous system. All the kriyas and breathing exercises in Kundalini yoga act as tranquilizers for your nervous system and heals the damage caused by overexposure.
Improves the Endocrine system
Your endocrine system is primarily responsible for secreting hormones that influence your emotions. Yes, that’s right even your hormones take part in controlling your emotions. When your endocrine system is functioning optimally you will seldom have mood swings or blue feelings. You will feel energized and balanced when the endocrine system is doing its job properly. Meditation in Kundalini yoga helps to fix the behavior of the endocrine system. With regular practice, you will be able to strengthen your endocrine activity that will help you to deal with the toughest of situations in a very calm manner.
It involves Mantras
Mantras aren’t just a prayer ritual. They are a way to connect with yourself. Most people think that all the mantras are meant to praise deities. However, in Kundalini yoga, these mantras are self-affirming beliefs. These beliefs when chanted several times with great concentration become a part of your personality. Hence, mantras play an important part in healing confidence and self-worth issues through Kundalini yoga.
Not alignment based
Many other forms of yoga insist on proper alignment or mudras. However, Kundalini yoga is all about the energy flow and channelizing your energy to heal yourself. In Kundalini form, you are not required to align in a specific way and can put your body at ease as you like to achieve transcendental spiritual experience.
Everything about Kundalini yoga speaks of awakening the dormant energy within, this might make you think that it’s all about meditation. However, Kundalini yoga is the exact opposite. It involves rigorous Kriyas and is physically exhausting. Most kriyas are meant for specific purposes and hence, should be practiced keeping in mind the goals that you wish to achieve through yoga.
The power of Kundalini yoga can’t be emphasized enough, as it can heal deep internal wounds and help you to reinvigorate yourself. However, we highly recommend that you practice it under expert’s observation. As this form of yoga is known to awaken the dormant energy within, you must communicate all the changes in yourself to your teacher when you start practicing this form. This will help you to determine whether Kundalini yoga is your solution or not.
Komal Patil is a business management graduate finding purpose through words, writing stories and poems.