Kundalini yoga was first introduced to the western world by Yogi Bhajan in 1969. It uses poses (Asanas), breathing techniques (Pranayama), hand and finger movements (Mudras), body locks (Bhandas) and meditation simultaneously or in sequence to create specific effects within the body. These sequences are called “Kriyas”. The goal of this form of yoga is to awaken the Kundalini energy which lies at the base of the spine, like a coiled snake. In fact, the word “Kundalini” means coiling or coiled. This energy is vast and creative.
Kundalini and Angles
Kundalini yoga makes use of angles. Using angles in the postures or Asanas, combined with other aspects such as Pranayama means that pressure is placed on the body’s glandular systems, causing these secretions to flow through the body once the pose has been released. This allows the glandular system to balance itself and creates emotional stability.
The Speed of Kundalini
While Kundalini yoga shares the same goals as Hatha yoga – the union with the universal – results can be gained up to 16 times faster and it is much easier to practice. The speed of the yoga makes it very powerful and, as such, students should be taught only by a professional.
Benefits of Kundalini Yoga
There are many benefits to this form of yoga, including:
a healthier, stronger body
a stronger mind
reduced pain from physical injuries
balancing the glandular system
strengthening the nervous system
allows the student to become more intuitive and sensitive
helping to treat addictions
Need for a Professional
When practicing Kundalini yoga, it is important to always have the guidance of a professional, or guru. This is because Kundalini energy should never be awakened forcefully but with the help of a guide. If Kundalini is awakened incorrectly, it may result in confusion, stress, depression, mood swings, irregular breathing, immoral behaviour and even psychosis.
Relaxation is important for everyone, to let go of the stress of everyday life and recharge. There are many, many different ways that the body can relax and which one you choose will depend on the amount of time you have and what you are comfortable with.