(Last Updated on : 06/05/2010)
Kundalini Yoga is a mental, physical and spiritual discipline constructed around the meditative and physical techniques which were found in the teachings of Shakti Yoga, Raja yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Tantra, Nada Yoga, Laya Yoga and the sutras and principles of Patanjali. Yoga derives its origin from the experience of human beings. The process to live a happy, spiritually aware and healthy life developed through several years and across different civilizations. The word 'Kundalini' is familiar for the students of yoga. This Yoga is a form of meditative and physical yoga which comprises of several techniques by using the body, mind and senses and the result received is a relaxing and peaceful communication between the body and the soul.
Kundalini yoga provides special concern to the function of the endocrine system and the spine, which form a vital part in yogic awakening. This yoga puts stress on the spiritual and psychological growth and the capability of body in order to attain maturity. The charkas or psychic centers inside the human body are regarded as the center for generating spiritual power and this power is known as Kundalini energy. The term 'Kundalini' in yoga means the power existing in Muladhara Chakra. The Muladhara Chakra is first among the seven charkas, while the six other chakras are Manipuraka, Svadhishthana, Anahata, Ajna, Visuddha and Sahasrara. The life force or prana is believed to be in a dormant state in the human body. Kundalini is the budding form of prana. It is the force preserved in the shape of a coiled serpent and this serpent is believed to take rest in a dormant state inside Muladhara Chakra.
In Sanskrit language
, the term 'Kundalini' literally means something that is coiled. It is considered to be taking rest at the basal portion of human's spine and can awake and spring up when excited by the disciplines of spirituality and this spiritual discipline is none other than Kundalini Yoga. The description of the term 'Kundalini' in poetic way is 'curl of the hair lock of the beloved'. This is actually a metaphor to describe the movement of consciousness and energy which exists already inside an individual.
Importance of Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini Yoga practice consists of several bodily postures, utterances, expressive movements and breathing patterns, characterological cultivations and the levels of concentration. Like various other yoga forms, Kundalini Yoga also relates movement along with breadth. The way it varies is its direct focus on the movement of energy through the system of chakra, motivating energy in the chakras of the lower portion and moving the same to the higher chakras. This Yoga wakes up the energy which resides in a dormant state in the spine. Even if Kundalini Yoga is greatly a physical pattern of yoga, the major benefit from it is received by the inner experience. Famously called the 'Yoga of awareness', this yoga arouses the unlimited capability which exists there inside all individuals. When the unlimited potential is roused in the human body, it provides raised intuition and clarity of mind as well as the potential for creativeness.
Kundalini Yoga is made for householders, for those who face the challenges of daily life and a life of stress at home and at work, managing businesses and raising families. One of the remarkable facts of this yoga is that it is among the few paths of yoga which allow sex. Medical research on this yoga tells that the practice of Kundalini Yoga regularly can increase the level of sexual energy of an individual leading to an awesomely bettered sex life.
This form of yoga is regarded as the foremost of all Yogic practices as it provides the pleasure of Mukti or liberation and Bhukti or enjoyment in the broadest literal sense. Yogis say that the most superior energy is Kundalini energy. Thus, the status of Samadhi accomplished is regarded to be the most perfect. The level, to which the revealing of the consciousness is established, is depended upon meditative power, and the magnitude of an individual's detachment from the world.
In Kundalini Yoga the sustaining and creating Sakti of the entire body is truly and actually unified with Lord Shiva
. The Yogi provokes Her to acquaint him to Her Lord. The awakening of Kundalini Sakti and Her subsequent Union with Lord Siva impacts the Samadhi state or Ecstatic union and spiritual experience or Anubhava. Kundalini Herself, when aroused by the Yogins, attains from them the illumination or Jnana. If practiced on a regular basis, Kundalini is able to equalize the glandular system, fortify the nervous system and tie together the energy of emotion and mind as well as of the body. While the yoga technique in general focus mainly on breathing and exercise postures, Kundalini assumes yoga concepts by taking a step ahead by incorporating them into the activities of daily life.
Kundalini Yoga, along with right changes of lifestyle, has the potential to put the nervous, digestive, cardiovascular, glandular, lymphatic and various other working systems of a human body in good working condition. This can also transform several ordinary figures of human beings into streamlined physiques. It is the only exercise system which recognizes the grandness of glandular balance with regard to mental and physical health. The Kundalini Yoga is having a direct effect on an individual's ability to feel great and look great. The feeling of well-being comes because of relaxation and increased energy which is being provided by Kundalini Yoga, and confidence and self-discovery is felt when one pays heed to his inner life. Emotional balance helps one to become the master of his/her life and not permit immanent state of mind to overcast one's ability of taking clear decisions and acting as per one's true values. The potential to taste, touch, see and feel with sensitivity, and to present one's perception into the fabric of knowledge is achieved through the practice of Kundalini Yoga.
Every individual has a unique gift of the sixth sense. This yoga works over an individual's higher brain centers, and provides the nuances to calculate the details of any circumstance and to get to a set of certainties one can bet on. Powerful intuition alerts an individual of the dangers, and one does not pull in negative forces. People frequently feel the urge to self-destruct or compensate, because of an unresolved issue of life or deep hurt. This takes the shape of overeating, drugs, drinking and various other indulgences. In the framework of Kundalini Yoga specific techniques are there to help a human being to venture into the depth of the thing which bothered him or her. A number of negative habits just melt away after the applied practice of this yoga. Far from the reach of artistic ability, creativity is considered to be a mind state which allows an individual to be industrious, spontaneous and expressive. The practice of Kundalini Yoga is able to help achieve any thing possible.
Power of Kundalini
Kundalini is considered to be an evolutionary force which resides in a dormant condition in the basal portion of a human being's spine. When this dormant force is aroused, it springs up with tremendous force and makes the chakras very much active, bring in mystical vision, spiritual knowledge, psychic powers and at last the great enlightenment.
In Hinduism as well as in the spiritual systems of yoga and also in a number of related cultures of the east, a chakra is considered to be an energy node which is present in the body of a human being. The word 'Chakra' is derived from the Sanskrit term 'cakra' which means a circle or a wheel and sometimes it also refers to the circle of life or wheel of life or life cycle. The seven prominent chakras are explained as being arrayed in an ascending column, starting from the bottom of the spine to upper portion of the head. Each chakra is linked with a specific color, a form of consciousness, a classical factor, and various other unique characteristics. These chakras are believed to boost the body of an individual and to associate it with exchanges of both a mental and physical nature. They are regarded as prana, which is believed to flow along the pathways known as nadis. These seven chakras mirror how the united consciousness of a human being is divided in order to manage a number of varied aspects of the life in the earth.
The activation of Kundalini calls for a purification of the body, the Nadis, the mind and also the intellect through a regular and constant practice of Kundalini Yoga.