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Techniques Of Kundalini Yoga
Breath, sound and meditation are the main resources of kundalini yoga. For example, a school of Kundalini yoga is probably best recognised for its frequent use of 'Breath of Fire' and the mantra 'Sat Nam'. Breath of Fire is a breathing exercise where you inhale and exhale rapidly through the nose without pausing, and pump the navel point while using the abdomen as a bellows. Sat Nam means 'truth is my identity' and, as a chant, is used to stop mind chatter by creating a rhythm that produces higher consciousness.
The postures, or asana , of kundalini are mostly taken from hatha yoga. The difference is that Hatha yoga postures are typically held on in same position for some time, while kundalini postures primarily use continuous movement -- breathing, chanting and flexing the spine - to allow the kundalini, the life force, to circulate freely in the body thus energising the subtle and invisible charkas in the astral body.
Take your RIGHT hand and make a fist with your thumb out straight. Put that thumb in your upper heart/heart chakra area. Now look at your fingers they are going the way a healthy chakra would go. This applies to all the chakras down the front of your body, 3rd eye / throat / heart / solar / sacral and the root / base, however for your root the thumb should be pointing up vertically into your body.
Awaken your body's untapped energies with kundalini yoga.
Kundalini Yoga, the 'king' of yogas, draws from all yogic systems and techniques.
Kundalini is the agent of self-transformation on the physical, mental, emotional, psychic and spiritual levels.
Kundalini awakening is a process, which taps into the blueprint for higher consciousness, which is latent within every human.
The Kundalini yoga is a must for all who practice or wish to learn about this powerful and proven system for self-transformation and personal development.
It is important not to confuse Kundalini awakening with enlightenment.
Enlightenment rarely results from a single encounter with the numinous. It is more as if the energetic awakening initiates an expansion in consciousness, which sets the scene for a progression of many experiences with transpersonal states of consciousness. The intensity and duration of each of glimpse varies with our readiness to contain and integrate them.
Thus the Kundalini awakening is not an end point in itself, but the beginning of a transformation of consciousness, which expands our capacity to Know the infinite.
Spiritual development often includes expanded perceptual abilities, increased energy, creative expression and a dedication to being of service for the greater good.
In practical terms, the transformation this brings to all those who awaken the kundalini and make it circulate freely, is that they live with more contentment or a gentler perspective, more involved and committed in service to others, perhaps more energized and expressive, and displaying unconditional love for all.
I hope you will benefit from this article and draw on your support as required. We are all on the same voyage of self-discovery. It will be nice and quicker to travel together.
Pitfalls Of Kundalini Yoga
We are treading sacred waters here. To plunge in recklessly is to risk self-annihilation.
When Kundalini awakening happens to people who are not on a spiritual path, the experience can leave them fragile and fragmented. As the Kundalini process involves a redefinition and reintegration of self, it adds extra pressure when people wish to suppress the transformation and insist to lead their lives normally.
Of greatest benefit is a supportive framework, which can allow people to make sense of the intricate connection between spirit and the movement of physical energy in the body, rather than fearing they are going insane. It is important to understand that Kundalini awakening is a process that taps into the blueprint for higher consciousness, which is latent within every human.
While the enormous changes associated with a spiritual awakening may demand psychological and social adjustments, they are not in themselves necessarily indicative of illness. Communication and connection with others who can provide support and a meaningful context for understanding the process reduces the isolation and overwhelm and can help to minimise the disturbance. Someone who has the personal qualities of creative adaptation to change and a flexible mental framework is more likely to weather the changes with grace and style than those who are rigid in their beliefs and world view.
When practising this system of yoga, please be careful about these points:
• There may be heat developing in the body. You may wish to go slow on the exercises a little for some days.
• There may be tingling sensations in the spinal column, palms of the hands or soles of the feet. This is due to energy rising and freely circulating leading to opening of sleeping charkas. You should not bother too much as it will gradually subside.
• Negative thoughts and desire to express violent emotions. This is part of the energy rising and cleansing process. Control and practise the yamas and niyamas strictly.
Understanding Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini ' literally means, 'coiled one'. The Oriental (Eastern) Spirituality defines 'Ananda' as Bliss; the letter 'A' symbolising Shakti . Kundalini is the primordial ' Shakti' or cosmic energy that lies coiled in the muladhara chakra (Base or Root Chakra) corresponding to the base of spine, in your body.
The cosmic energy is your life force, which keeps your body alive, and can be pictured as a coiled snake living at the base of the spine.
When awakened, Kundalini begins to move upward within the sushumna, the subtle central channel, piercing the chakras and initiating various yogic processes, which bring about total purification and rejuvenation of the entire being. When Kundalini enters the sahasrara ( the Crown Chakra) region, the spiritual center in the crown of the head, the individual self merges in the universal Self and attains the state of Self-realisation.
The goal of ' Kundalini Yoga ' is to en the life force by causing energy to travel up through the spine, where it will stimulate various chakras (emotional centers throughout the body). Kundalini yoga can be profoundly emotional - it can allow you to see what's really going on in your life; if helps you become more aware of negative thought patterns and make the choice to change them.
Symptoms Of Kundalini Awakening
While the awakening Kundalini may be a dramatic experience, the resultant shift in consciousness may be accompanied by years of physical and psychological upheavals.
The process of Kundalini awakening can vary greatly from person to person. Some have intense physical symptoms, while others experience mainly emotional or psychological symptoms. It is as if the new energy invites a spring-cleaning the entire system, with unresolved physical or emotional conditions coming up for resolution and release. The life transforming changes which accompany a Kundalini awakening cover the entire physiological, emotional, mental and spiritual spectrum.
Greenwell (1990) has noted seven categories of symptoms which have been observed during Kundalini awakening.
Pranic movements or kriyas
Prana is the Hindu word for vital energy. Thus as intense energy moves through the body and clears out physiological blocks; a person may experience intense involuntary, jerking movements of the body, including shaking, vibrations, spasm and contraction. As deeply held armouring and blockages to the smooth flow of energy are released, the person may re-access memories and emotions associated with past trauma and injury.
Some people find themselves performing yogic postures or hand mudra gestures, which they have never learned or could not do, in a normal state of consciousness.
Similarly, they may produce Sanskrit words or sounds, or have an awareness of inner music or sound, mantras or tones. Unusual breathing patterns may appear with either very rapid or slow, shallow breathing. Some people may not breathe at all for extended periods.
Kundalini awakening often generates unusual physiological activity as intense movement of energy releases toxins in the body. Symptoms include apparent heart problems, pains in head and spine, gastrointestinal disturbances and nervous problems.
Internal sensations have been reported as sensations of burning, over sensitivity to sensory input, hyperactivity or lethargy, great variations in sexual desire and even spontaneous orgasm. Symptoms can be erratic, coming and going without provocation, but are generally unresponsive to medical treatment.
Spiritual awakening offers a direct challenge to the primacy of ego consciousness and the myth of separation. It brings with it a challenge to move beyond the unconscious responses ruled by drives and instincts and remove ego consciousness from the center stage of the psyche. It comes as no surprise that such a challenge produces a period of confusion and unbalance. People find themselves beset by inexplicable emotional states as they move to clear out unresolved issues. The emotional roller coaster may swing from feelings of anxiety, guilt and depression, through to compassion, love and joy, with accompanying bouts of uncontrollable weeping.
Extra Sensory Experiences
As perception expands outside of consensus reality, people experience atypical visual phenomena, including visions of lights, symbols, entities, or review of past life experiences. Auditory input may include hearing voices, music, inner sounds or mantras. Even the olfactory system may be stimulated with perception of scents of sandalwood, rose or incense. There may also be disruption of the autonomous perceptive system, with losing a sense of self as a body, or feeling bigger than the body, or out of the body, with the resulting confusion and disorientation.
Psychic Phenomena<br> With the opening up of psychic abilities, a person may experience precognition, telepathy, psycho kinesis, awareness of auras and healing abilities
. Mystical States of Consciousness
A person may shift into altered states of consciousness where they directly perceive the unity underlying the world of separation and experience a deep peace and serenity with a profound knowing of wisdom. In some cases, the state of emergency due to psychological upheaval is so acute that it resembles a psychotic episode.
Many clinicians still regard phenomena associated with spiritual emergence as indicative of pathology because the signs are so easily confused with the indicators of psychosis, mania, depression, schizophrenia or borderline personality disorder. Many people undergoing spiritual emergency are misdiagnosed and treated with suppressive medication, which further complicates their process.
Advantages Of Kundalini Yoga
By practising Kundalini yoga, and depending on the degree and quality of practice, you will:
• Be able to make your spinal cord both flexible and erect leading to freedom from many illnesses.
• Get firm will power and determination thereby accomplishing most of your tasks with ease and dexterity.
• Can get psychic or paranormal experiences wherein you could be able to read or communicate directly with other minds (telepathy), move objects with your mind (teleporting), see colors around persons (auras), see visions of the future (clairvoyance), etc, and
• Be able to realise your true nature and achieve unity with the Eternal Spirit.
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