What is Kundalini Yoga?
Updated: Nov 26, 2020
Kundalini Yoga is referred to as the Yoga of Awareness. Like other yoga styles, it combines breathing exercises, mudras, mantra, and physical postures...but unlike other yoga styles, every class looks entirely different. Kundalini uses a term "kriya,"which is a series of postures, breath, and sound that work toward a specific outcome. Kundalini focuses on raising the kundalini energy, which lies dormant at the base of the spine...until awakened. This imagery can be compared to a snake lying at the bottom of the spine, coiled up. As we practice kundalini, the serpent rises up and travels to the crown chakra. It can then travel back down, and continue in this weaving cycle to activate our energetic system.
Through continued practice, this yoga connects us to the infinite nature of our being. We clear our psychic channels, and enhance our intuition. We are able to clearly follow our hearts, and focus less on the anxiety of the mind. It is said that we have a lot of neurosis in our psyche, which can cause tension in our daily lives. Our mind, without yoga, tends to become our master...when it is supposed to be our servant. Kundalini Yoga has a supreme way of cleaning this neurosis, restoring balance to the hemispheres of the brain, and aligning us with our Destiny. Fate and Destiny are two different things. Fate is what we experience when we allow the waves of the mind to ride us. Destiny is when we become surfers of our own consciousness, and we begin to ride the waves of life.
It is a lifelong practice to Master oneself, and a daily sadhana is common in the Kundalini Yoga world; it is not required, however. Sadhana is a term that refers to our daily spiritual practice. Sadhana can take many shapes and forms, and many Kundalini yogis love it! I am someone who truly loves waking up before the sunrise, which is referred to as the "ambrosial hours" to partake in daily sadhana. This is the special time during the day when the world is still, and the veil between the material realm and the Spiritual realm is much thinner. Technically, the ambrosial hours are the 2.5 hours before the sunrise. As yogis, this is the most beneficial time to fine-tune our reality; to shift our lives from Fate to Destiny; to clean the neurosis of the mind and purify our hearts.
You do not need to rise before the sun to receive benefits of yoga. Yoga can be practiced at any time to experience its deep and meaningful impact. Any moment that you take to focus on your well-being is worth it. Any ounce of self-care that you can incorporate into your day will have a lasting impact on your cellular structure, and your spirit. Kundalini Yoga is one way to expand your awareness, and it just so happens to be my favorite.
If you find yourself attending a Kundalini Yoga class, allow yourself to surrender to its beauty. Observe how you feel before and after your practice. Be your own guide.
With Love and Gratitude,