21 Mar What is kundalini yoga?
There are many yoga schools and each of them has the same purpose: connecting breathing, body and soul.
Kundalini yoga is one of those schools. It is special, because it guides us into this process by letting us know ourselves.
Kundalini yoga is called “high-tech”, the science of awareness of not only your body and breathing but also your feelings and emotions.
When I first tried kundalini yoga, I knew that it’s “my” yoga, something that I’ve been searching for for a long time. At that time, I was regularly practicing ashtanga yoga and I was very devoted to it but I felt it was lacking something, something I couldn’t quite grasp; I was lacking awareness, calm, self-love, feeling life energy in and around me, I lacked the sensation of “light”.
What characterises kundalini yoga practice?
A standard class of kundalini yoga comprises kriya (a set or a programme of yoga positions), meditation, singing mantras, using mudras (positions of hands and fingers) and breathing exercises (pranayama). Each kundalini yoga session ends with relaxation.
While practicing kundalini yoga, we almost always have closed eyes, so that we can observe what is going on inside of us, how do we feel, what do we experience with each position.
Each kundalini yoga session usually has an intention, kriya, with which we work, for example kriya for healthy kidneys, kriya for opening your heart, kriya for stress reduction etc.
Kriya in kundalini yoga is passed by the teachers in its original form, it cannot be mixed with other positions or forms of yoga, to ensure best effects.
Mantras in kundalini yoga
Mantras are often not understandable for us but they are constructed in such a way, that by pronouncing each syllable we touch the palate with our tongue (especially the parts close to upper teeth) and stimulate energy points, meridians, and that influences our nervous system and brain.
The job of mantras is to stimulate the nervous system and release any blockages that are often stored in our subconscious.
Pranayama in kundalini yoga
Breathing is essential for living but many of us are not aware of their own breath, they can’t control it and they’re not using its full potential. In kundalini yoga, there are many breathing exercises which, among other things, reduce stress, cleanse the body of toxins, energise or maximise concentration.
Breathing exercises (pranayama) also influence our nervous system, awareness and well-being.
Mudras in kundalini yoga
Mudras (positions of hands and fingers), just as mantras, stimulate the nervous system, increase awareness and energise. In kundalini yoga, mudras are often used during kriyas, breathing exercises and meditation, heightening their effects.
Meditation in kundalini yoga
Meditation is an essential element of kundalini yoga practice. The most important purpose of meditation is developing a neutral mind. When we meditate, we strengthen our concentration, intuition and control over the mind
Shavasana – relaxation
As in any other yoga school, in kundalini yoga, too, relaxation is a very important part of the practice. It’s a moment when all of what we have worked on during our practice is used and “absorbed” by our organism, mind and soul
Benefits of practicing kundalini yoga
Strengthening the immune system,
Balancing the hormonal (endocrine) system,
Building a strong nervous system,
Stabilisation of blood circulation and pressure,
Awareness of the body, breathing and emotions,
Learning to control the mind,
Production of endorphins, which makes us feel happy and see the world through pink glasses.
I did my first kundalini yoga session with an internet clip. I was having a very difficult time in my life, my body was trembling with fear and only strong medication calmed me down, but it also gave me a feeling of disconnectedness from my body. Someone then told me about kundalini yoga and I actually felt inner peace and light right away. Since then, I’ve been practicing kundalini yoga everyday and I will never stop.