What is Kundalini Yoga?
What is Kundalini Yoga?
The word Kundalini was derived from the Sanskrit word kundal, meaning “coiled energy.” It is believed that each of us has a large amount of energy gathered at the base of the spin, and through movement (asana), breath and sound, we can move the energy up the spin, and out of our head.
In the late 70’s, a man called Yogi Bhajan brought Kundalini Yoga to the west, where he taught students how to move this energy in order to increase one self-awareness, happiness and wellbeing. He explained, “The process of growth through Kundalini Yoga is a natural unfolding of your own nature… Like a snake, you will need to shed old skins to be more of who you are.”
Benefits Related to Practice?
Kriyas & Meditations in Kundalini Yoga:
These are designed to quieten the mind and become more connected with the body. Once your physical awareness grows, it becomes easier for your body and nervous system to handle the energy of Kundalini rising.
Asana & Physical Postures:
Each posture or movement has been specifically designed to activate the navel, spine, and focal points of pressurization on your bodies meridians or different energy points.
Pranayama & Breath work:
The different breath work techniques allow you to release, direct, and control the flow of Kundalini energy.
One of the most common techniques is alternating nostril breathing (left nostril, right nostril). This is great for cleansing the nostrils and different air pathways, to help awaken the untapped Kundalini energy.
Kundalini Yoga is great for:
Strength: increased overall strength by participating in the different postures (particularly the 5-minute holding postures)
Nasal Airflow: Improved nasal airflow by practicing the alternate nasal breathing
Lung Capacity: Increased lung capacity through the many deep breathing techniques
Mood: Increased overall mood through the release of dopamine and serotonin
Digestion: Increased digestion by participating in the different exercises that strengthen the core and diaphragm.
If you have not tried Kundalini Yoga, do give it a go and let the results speak for themselves.
See our podcast on Kundalini Yoga for more tips: https://youtu.be/7EtgudwaDk0
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