Kundalini yoga, in its essence and practice, is called the “mother” yoga.
It incorporates the physical aspects of yoga, along with our mind and spirit, into an integrated system, or one whole.
It’s through Kundalini that one can gain a better understanding of the mind/body connection.
What is Kundalini?
The word “Kundalini, refers to awareness and manifestation of the entire hidden potential of our awareness. In the yogic tradition, Kundalini energy is portrayed as a coiled serpent, lying dormant at the base of the spine
Kundalini is derived from the root word, kundal, in Sanskrit, which means “the lock of the hair from the beloved.” The uncoiling of this “hair” is the stirring of the Kundalini, the limitless potential that already exists in every human being.
The simplest way to understand Kundalini is to acknowledge the existence of the Universal Spirit, often referred to as God. When God uncoils us, the uncoiling process is known as Kundalini.
Benefits of Kundalini Yoga
What is uncoiling and awakening is you, no more, no less. It is something that we all have and possess, but the only thing is most of us are simply not utilizing the limitless Kundalin energy. This is what yoga is all about, the science of the self, with Kundalini being the true awakening of the Self. It is so simple
To raise the Kundalini energy, as is expressed in yoga parlance, means awakening and enlivening this creative energy.
Kundalini yoga improves our concentration and focusing powers. This, in turn, improves our ability to function at our best.
Kundalini yoga is an effective way to both strengthen and stretch the muscles. It is evidenced that increased flexibility gained through Kundalini yoga helps one to prevent injury and avoid pain.
What’s more, since Kundalini yoga practice incorporates the physical aspects of yoga, one can gain a much better working understanding of the mind/body connection which is important in any type of fitness training.
Most important: Kundalini helps one to feel refreshed and attentive after each session. This, in effect, mirrors a stronger and more balanced immune and nervous system.
- Links movement with rhythmic breathing.
- Has a meditative quality of listening to the body and releasing emotions.
- It draws inspiration with poise.
- It incorporates chanting and singing, which is yogic “technology.”
- It is directly focused on moving the energy through the chakras [energy centers].
- It covers the eight limbs and all seven branches of yoga.
- It includes pranayama [breathing] techniques and uses the bandhas [body locks].
- Besides yoga and meditation, Kundalini yoga integrates the sublime teachings for all aspects of life, including vegetarian diet, helping others, not to speak of conscious and spiritual parenting and partnering/relationship.
Rapid Breathing to Raise Kundalini
In summary, Kundalini yoga works on the premise that the body has eight chakras. Through the use of “breath of fire” [rapid breathing], one can heat up the body from the bottom up, ultimately “raising the Kundalini” which in turn helps one to achieve a feeling of high enlightenment.
I must also caution that Kundalini yoga is best learned from an experienced yoga teacher.
It holds certain hazards for enthusiasts, not trained in the practice who wish to go faster into the process than they may be ready to incorporate the benefits.
Kundalini Yoga for Beginners & Beyond featuring Ana Brett & Ravi Singh offers a new trend to yoga and fitness. This DVD provides a wonderful mix addressing strength building, movements to gain greater flexibility and aerobic efficiency, spine and back care, relaxation and stress relief. The DVD offers two 25 minute sets that you can practice individually or together.
The first set contains Rise & Spine which is designed to help you maintain a healthy back while raising your energy level. The second set offers a fun version of exercises known as the Five Tibetans which are designed to help you stay supple, youthful and vital for life!
A great soundtrack by Tom Carden is also included along with a breath primer, meditation, and relaxation queues. You will soon realize why so many have given this yoga kundalini DVD rave reviews with mostly five star ratings. This complete package also offers you the choice of designing your workout to match your time schedule so you pick and choose the segments you want and can play them in whatever order works best for you on any given day.
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