What is Kundalini Yoga and How Does It Support Your Spiritual Awakening?
Yoga of this type awakens the Muladhara Chakra, located at the base of our spine. It is believed to be associated with the divine feminine. Kundalini takes its name from a Sanskrit word which means coiled snake. In Kundalini Sadhana (practice) it is said that the energy lying dormant at the base of the spine is coiled up and tense.
As you practice Kundalini yoga it becomes uncoiled and rises up the spine through the body to align with the body’s chakras.
The coiled energy resembles a serpent that has three and a half coils, resting at the bottom of the spine. The three coils in Kundalini Yoga are known as the three Gunas which are the Sattva, Rajas, Tamas. The VIkritis represent the half coil.
Kundalini Yoga is also known as the symbol of equality and power for both genders. The masculine power is known to be Siva (or Shiva) and Sakti (or Shakti) for the females. They become the elemental source of power and energy when they are united.
We of course all carry, as human beings, elements of both within us, it is just that one or the other may be dominating. The union of Siva and Sakti occurs in the brain which gives us the sense of feeling and affection, energy and love.
This means Kundalini yoga is a great practice to use in order to eliminate the feeling of sorrow, depression, anger, and jealousy.
Kundalini Yoga rewards yogis who maintain unity, awareness, and spiritual transformation. Some say that the Kundalini produces a hissing sound when it is awakened, like the sound of a serpent as it goes from the Muladhara Chakra to the Brahma Nadi (the channels through which energy and spiritual knowledge flows) and on to the Sahasrara Chakra (Crown chakra.)
In the year 1969, Yogi Bhajan introduced Kundalini Yoga and throughout the 70’s it spread to the western civilization. The common mantra, meditation, chanting, breathing, and the classic poses are part of this practice. This type of yoga focuses more on chanting and breathing. It does not concentrate on the Kundalini yoga poses alone.
If you are curious about Kundalini Yoga, it is best to understand the pathway it takes first.
The connection of this yogic practice with the nervous system and the spinal cord is essential to understand. These two are the main focuses of Kundalini Yoga.
The nervous system is an important control center of our body. It is responsible for imagination, thoughts, intelligence, and memory functions. The nervous system is composed of the brain, the nerves, and the spinal cord, which gives us posture and the ability to stand.
The spinal cord is made up of very delicate nerves and tissues, which is why we need to take care of it. Kundalini yoga is said to be one of the most effective practices for this. The overall purpose is to promote spiritual enlightenment.
Kundalini yoga can be practiced at home or through online channels, but there is nothing quite like being in the presence of a practiced yogi.
Life experience brings out different emotions and different perspectives on things. I just want to be constantly evolving.
There are several science-backed and anecdotal benefits of Kundalini yoga – let’s look at them below:
Stress and anxiety relief
Improves cognitive function
Calms the nervous system and promotes well-being
Helps to awaken love and feelings
Helps to cope with rejection, anger, jealousy, and self-esteem.
One thing is for sure, your Kundalini awakening will change your life forever! We would love to hear about your journey in the comments! Drop us a line!
GIPHY App Key not set. Please check settings