Kundalini Yoga, often referred to as the “Yoga of Awareness”, has its roots deep in ancient Indian tradition. Yet, despite its age-old origins, its benefits and teachings remain as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago. But what exactly is Kundalini Yoga, and how can it contribute to our wellbeing? Let’s delve deeper into this unique yogic practice.
1. The Origins of Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini Yoga is a blend of Bhakti Yoga (the yogic path of devotion), Raja Yoga (the path of meditation), and Shakti Yoga (the expression of power and energy). The term “Kundalini” is derived from the Sanskrit word “kundal”, which means a ‘spiral’ or ‘coil’. In this context, Kundalini refers to a latent spiritual energy or life force situated at the base of the spine.
Historically, Kundalini Yoga was passed on orally from teacher to student and was kept a secret, shared with only the most devoted of practitioners. It wasn’t until Yogi Bhajan brought this form of yoga to the West in the late 1960s that it became more accessible to the general public.
2. The Science of Kundalini
At its core, Kundalini Yoga seeks to awaken this dormant energy within us, allowing it to move up through the chakras or energy centres of the body, leading to an enlightened state of consciousness.
Kundalini Yoga incorporates asanas (postures), pranayama (breath control), mudras (hand positions), mantras (chants), and meditation. These combined practices work to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, and harness the energy of the mind and emotions, allowing one to experience a deeper state of consciousness.
3. Benefits of Practising Kundalini Yoga
People are increasingly drawn to Kundalini Yoga in the UK and across the globe due to its transformative benefits, which include:
- Physical Wellbeing: It improves flexibility, builds stamina, and enhances the functioning of the respiratory, circulatory, and digestive systems.
- Mental Clarity: Regular practice can help reduce stress, combat anxiety, and bolster one’s mental focus and clarity.
- Spiritual Growth: Through the awakening of the Kundalini energy, practitioners often experience profound spiritual and personal growth, leading to a deeper understanding of oneself and one’s purpose.
The effects of Kundalini on the body
Kundalini energy, when awakened through dedicated yogic practices, can have profound effects on the body. This coiled, dormant energy, traditionally visualised as resting at the base of the spine, when activated, ascends through the body’s chakras or energy centres. As it rises, the Kundalini energy can stimulate and balance various physiological systems, potentially leading to enhanced mental clarity, increased energy, and improved overall health. Physiologically, it might improve the functioning of the endocrine system, benefiting hormonal balance, and fortifying the nervous system, augmenting one’s resilience to stress. However, it’s essential to note that a premature or improperly guided awakening of Kundalini can sometimes lead to uncomfortable or even distressing symptoms, making it crucial for practitioners to approach this practice with respect and often under the guidance of a knowledgeable teacher.
Kundalini Yoga – A summary
Kundalini Yoga, with its rich tapestry of practices, offers a holistic approach to personal development, encompassing physical, mental, and spiritual dimensions. For those in the UK looking to embark on a transformative journey or simply seeking a different approach to health and wellness, Kundalini Yoga might just be the answer. Whether you’re a curious novice or a seasoned yogi, the timelessness and universal appeal of Kundalini Yoga await your exploration.
How to get started working with your Kundalini?
In Bhakti Marga, we run various yoga and meditation courses. One of the courses we teach is Atma Kriya Yoga which is a complete spiritual practice that includes, asana, mudra, pranayama, meditation and mantra. This course is designed to clean the energetic body and release Kundalini. In this system the Kundalini is awakened slowly and steadily and ultimately leads to a divine love relationship between the individual and God. If you want to find out more, perhaps sign up to our free online Atma Kriya Yoga class.
We wish you all the best in your journey to enlightenment and kundalini awakening. May the Divine Mother bless you, energise your chakras and lead you to a state of divine consciousness.