Secrets of Kundalini Yoga Revealed!
History of Kundalini Yoga and the concept explained
Have you heard of Kundalini yoga before? Mindful yoga, perhaps yes, but kundalini? Although growing in popularity by the day due to the advent of ‘insta chic’ trends, not much in detail is known about this niche form of yoga. Nestled in fascinating and long history, there probably isn’t a more durable philosophy than Kundalini yoga.
Away from strict regulations or rules, Kundalini offers a different experience to each practitioner. The main aim of this form of yoga is to actualize your higher self, in simple terms it is a journey to self-discovery.
‘Coiled snake’, you heard me right! Kundalini quite literally means coiled snake in Sanskrit. It was believed in ancient times that each one of us possessed and was born with divine energy at the base of our spine. The sacred energy of creation is what this energy was thought to be. Uncoiling this snake was believed to put the said individual in touch with their divine self. The effort required in uncoiling the snake or kundalini is the practice of this yoga.
Kundalini is a science of spirituality and energy that was kept a secret for many years and was only passed on to some chosen disciples by their masters. In this particular science, god isn’t some deity but is an essence present in each one of us. We can access god within for it is already a part of us in the form of collective energies. Kundalini yoga helps us experience the true nature of our existence by allowing us to shake off the false ego.
Also known as ‘Yoga of awareness’ Kundalini activates your shakti and this form of yoga involves repetitive poses, breathing exercises, singing as well as chanting.
Uncoiling the snake:
When I say uncoiling the snake, it basically means activating the energy at the base of your spine and allowing it to move upwards in an uncoiling motion through all your chakras.
There are 7 chakras in your body including:
Naval or Solar Plexus
Third Eye Chakra
The uncoiling of energy brings these 7 chakras in balance and contributes to spiritual wellness. With the regular practice of kundalini yoga, you can also attain spiritual enlightenment.
A typical Kundalini yoga practice session is for 60-90 minutes, structured as follows:
5-10 minute warm-up (often including spiritual teachings from the instructor or through online guided videos)
30-45 minute kriya (the workout itself)
5-15 minute Savasana relaxation (make sure you don’t fall asleep)
11-31 minute meditation (this could include mantras or hand mudras)
The basic guidelines of any Kundalini Yoga practice sessions include:
To start with chanting (also known as tuning in) before beginning any warm-ups, kriyas, or meditation.
Warm up with breathing exercises and postures that stretch your spine.
Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of awareness. Listen to your body; do what works for you.
Challenge yourself to extend just past whatever you think your limits are. For example, if you think you can only do one minute of an exercise, then try for one minute and ten seconds.
Follow the directions! Keep the order and type of posture. Do not exceed the stated times. If you wish to shorten an exercise, shorten all exercises in the kriya proportionally (i.e., cut all times in half or quarter).
Drink water as needed between exercises.
You might be wondering how Kundalini Yoga will benefit your life. Kundalini yoga is a great workout. But the health benefits of Kundalini are an added bonus. Here are a few other reasons why it should be a must in your routine:
Kundalini's connection to your core energy allows you to approach each day with a strong sense of individual truth
Clarity of mind that breaks through old mental patterns and inspires new ideas.
Most of us spend the maximum amount of time around negative people who drag us down. Regular practice of Kundalini will help to lift you up and remind you what is important.
Kundalini reminds us that each individual is important and has an important message to share with the world. By finding your voice, and having the courage to share it, you will transform your life and the lives of those around you.