What is Kundalini Yoga?

What is kundalini yoga?

By Patwant Kaur

Photo: Camila Muradas

Kundalini Yoga, as taught by YogiBhajan®, is a yoga practice which promotes physical and mental conditioning helping people to become stronger and readier to face the challenges of everyday life. It is a way of wakening human consciousness. The practice integrates postures (asanas), breathing (pranayamas), meditations and mantras.

In modern life style, the external search facilitated by the information revolution must be balanced by an internal education of the mind in order to access self-control, wisdom and intuition. Kundalini Yoga helps practitioners to get into themselves and to do the investigation of their own lives, promoting self-knowledge and self-healing. Practitioners do not give power to anyone else to make diagnoses, because they actually do the work of internalization and search by themselves.

The old yogis and current practitioners of Kundalini Yoga observed a decrease in depression and anxiety with its practice. Kundalini Yoga can be a good way to help the person to establish an aligned and authentic relationship between body, mind and soul. During the Kundalini practice, kriyas (exercises sequence), relaxation and meditation are made in order to achieve balance. Traditional mantras of specific frequency are used as a way of promoting cleansing of the subconscious and it leads the person to a state of peace and tranquility.

A teacher of kundalini yoga cannot change this sacred knowledge which must be preserved and taught such as Yogi Bhajan® did.

But what is the kundalini energy in fact?

Kundalini is the energy that is deposited on the base of the spine. It is the creative potential of the individual and can only be raised through experience. We access this power combining the energy of the glandular and nervous systems. The awakening of this energy helps a person to clearly understand their purpose in life and how to work their relationship with the universe. The Kundalini Yoga exercises prepare the body for this energy to go up in a spiral over the spine and act in all chakras.The practice of these techniques resumes a manual for human awareness. (Source of information: Professor Kundalini Research Institute Book – Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®)

The yoga teachings within this article were used by permission of Kundalini Research Institute; For further information contact: kriteachings.org.

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