Kundalini Yoga and Meditation: Your Guide to a Deep and Comprehensive Discipline

Kundalini Yoga and Meditation: Your Guide to a Deep and Comprehensive Discipline

August 26, 2018

What is Kundalini Yoga?

When we talk about Kundalini Yoga, we are referring to those practices aimed at preparing the mind, body and nervous system for a large increase of energy. More precisely said, at the awakening of Kundalini, the dormant energy in the form of a snake, knotted in itself in three, awakens within us.

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In simple words, Kundalini Yoga helps the dormant energy of Kundalini to awaken the general energy of the body to attune it better with the universe around it.

Physical exertion more intense than a day at the gym, songs that leave a mark in the soul, intense meditations to get inside themselves, the feeling of lightness after a massage or therapy, and much more.

Kundalini Yoga brings light into our shadows and awakens the energy of our consciousness to develop a more intuitive and prompt mind. In the Western world, Kundalini Yoga is known thanks to the intense work of Yogi Bhajan after centuries in which this practice was transmitted only in secret from the master to chosen pupil. 

From its origins directly in the sacred books of tradition, Kundalini Yoga had never been taught publicly. Yogi Bhajan has given the world his knowledge by proclaiming that health, happiness and the sacred are everyone's birthright, and Kundalini Yoga is the way to affirm this right.

What Does the Word Kundalini Mean?

From Sanskrit Kundal, its masculine translation is "circular" or "serpent wrapped in spiral" and in Kundali (feminine) it means "ring or twisted rope".

The term Kundalini therefore indicates a non-tangible energy placed at the base of the spine, generally represented or conceptualized with a snake wrapped in itself in three spirals and a half that sleeps at the base of the vertebral column, in the seat of the first chakra. This dormant energy is our life energy.

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Kundalini Yoga tends to prepare the body for the awakening of this energy, this snake that rises through the chakras to the center of the head, as to the sound of an enchanting flute.

What to Expect From a Class of Kundalini Yoga

Pranayama (breathing techniques), Asana (postures), Meditation, Canti, Kriya (purification techniques), Bandha practice (energetic seals) and Mudra (hand or whole body gestures) are all practices that can be encountered in a lesson in Kundalini Yoga.

This type of Yoga is much more specific than a Yoga class of other styles. The purpose of Kundalini Yoga is to prepare the body for Kundalini awakening, and then generate energy, organize it in the body and bring the practitioner to a specific energetic state of greater consciousness.

Why do you need to dress in white?

In Yoga classes we see practitioners dressed in flowing clothes, white bodies and turbans. This is not an obligation, but a choice dictated by the search for energy expansion. Each color is energy that creates an effect in the subconscious, the white color gives a sense of expansion and inspiration.

Benefits of Kundalini Yoga

You do not need to be skinny, flexible, or have white clothes to practice Kundalini Yoga. This method is for everyone as the practice of Kriya cleans the body and the mind from within.

Each class has a different purpose and Kundalini Yoga has no limits in the possibilities of growth, creation, healing and openness. It is a powerful spiritual practice that opens the door to every practitioner giving physical, mental, energetic and emotional well-being.

The practice is not religious, contrary to what is generally believed.  It is a spiritual practice, the reawakening of the soul regardless of which belonging or religious affiliation the practitioner has.

Kundalini Meditation

Kundalini meditation belongs to Osho's family of meditations and aims to awaken the so-called Kundalini energy, which has been in us all since creation. Its name derives from kundala, which means "wrapped" or "rolled up", words that describe how the Kundalini energy appears in a latent state: this is in fact wrapped around itself in three turns, like a snake, and lies at the base of our spine.

The three turns represent different triads that are part of our life, such as past, present and future, wakefulness, sleep and dream, or harmony, action and matter. Kundalini energy is an energy that has a feminine connotation and is generative: it is found in each of us in a latent way and is located in the area of ​​the sacrum.

Once awakened, it can give full spiritual realization. Kundalini is a type of meditation born to awaken this spiral energy and thus arouse its healing power. It is a little-known meditation compared to many others, since the same energy was almost unknown until the twelfth century, when its potential began to be explored and the techniques to awaken it began to spread more widely.

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What are the Benefits of Kundalini Meditation?

Kundalini meditation has a beneficial effect on the chakras of the body, giving profound well-being to those who practice it, accompanied by an immense joy that comes from within.

Kundalini energy also has a very strong connection with sexual energy, in its most radical sense. This energy is conveyed and transformed, during Kundalini meditation, into spiritual energy. In cases where Kundalini energy is experienced more profoundly, it may allow the practitioner to develop paranormal capabilities, including telepathy, communication with other entities and different abilities out of the ordinary.

On a practical level, the emphasis of Kundalini meditation is on the mind and not on the body: unlike other types of meditation, it is not based on assuming specific positions. On the mental level, the benefits that are obtained are above all a greater emotional balance and a reduction of stress and anxiety.

Conclusion 

Kundalini Yoga is an extremely powerful tool you can use to deepen your spiritual practice and awaken to a higher level of consciousness. It is important to learn this skill from a highly trained guru or teacher who is an expert on the practice.

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