9 Dec, 2020
An uplifting blend of spiritual and physical practices, Kundalini Yoga, incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation, and the chanting of mantras. The goal is to build physical vitality and raise our consciousness. The very nature of what we do is to awaken the energy of consciousness. The practise of Kundalini Yoga, brings to our awareness, our self-limited beliefs and patterns that we inherited from the past. It invites us to process painful memories that are stored in our subconscious and release them. It awakens our ability to become intuitive and sensitive. Gayatri Tagore, a Yoga expert discusses the benefits of Kundalini Yoga.
Breathing alternately through the nostrils brings into balance left and right hemispheres of the brain. We usually act, analyze and do much more frequently than we feel, visualize and imagine. The right side of the brain is usually under stimulated. Kundalini yoga awakens our inner creativity, by releasing our worries and opening us up to infinite possibilities.
Kundalini yoga opens the heart chakra. We remain open and trusting that God will provide us with what we need. So we need to remember that world does not collapse, when we don’t get that job, fail that exam or suffer from a breakup . Whatever it is, we gain an attitude of acceptance.
In Kundalini yoga, poses like the shoulder stand, open the throat center. Since it also helps to open our hearts, we become forgiving, compassionate and non-judgmental. It helps to develop gratitude and kindness.
Kundalini yoga clears the fogginess of the mind. When the mind becomes clouded with thoughts, it feels like a cobweb of thoughts, difficult to untangle. Within a few minutes of rapid deep breaths and practicing kundalini yoga, the mind becomes crystal clear. We feel more alert and focussed and can make better decisions.
We spend so much time stuck in our minds, analyzing the pros and cons of each decision, when in reality the answer is always within us. We always have a gut feeling about something but most of us tend to ignore it. Yoga gives us the ability to pause and listen to our inner voice. It enables us to quiet down the mind to the point that our thoughts become still and we can feel what our heart yearns for, something that will be good for us.
Kundalini yoga is not to be taken lightly. Some kriyas will leave you feeling high and totally blissed out. It is important is to stay in the present moment and accept pleasure and pain. Our ego naturally leans toward pleasure and comfort. It takes concerted effort and discipline to release the ego’s grip on our consciousness. Kundalini Yoga helps to connect with our soul and life purpose. That’s when we start to make huge strides towards living as an enlightened being.
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