Friday, May 4, 2007

Awaken Dormant Energy with Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga differs from other types of yoga due to the fact that it emphasizes the spine and releasing the dormant energy located at the base of the spine. This dormant energy is depicted as a coiled up serpent ready to be awoken.

When the energy is finally released it is referred to as a "Kundalini Awakening." Through movement and breath you stimulate energy from the lower chakras up into the higher chakras of the body. A Chakra is an energy center in the body. There are several of them from the base of your spine all the way past the crown of your head. When the chakras are in harmony you begin to feel much better about your body and the world around you.

Like other types of Yoga, Kundalini uses physical postures and movements (asana), meditation, breath work (pranayam), and chanting (mantra). It is quite a workout and will leave you feeling fatigued yet revitalized at the same time.

When the energy of Kundalini has been awakened, one should experience a higher level of consciousness and awareness along with a greater sense of personal well-being. Many people practice Kundalini Yoga strictly in preparation of this once in a lifetime experience.

The practice of Kundalini Yoga has many benefits including a strengthening of the nervous system, balancing the emotions, providing a higher sense of awareness, increasing energy levels, mental clarity and mental peace, reducing stress, increasing lung capacity, strengthening the immune system, and helping you to feel as though you can accomplish anything.

When I would practice Kundalini Yoga, the main thing I noticed was how strong my back was getting. The emphasis on the spine really helped to relieve my backaches and made my posture much straighter than it had ever been in the past.

Of course to get the most benefit from Kundalini Yoga, one would need to keep up with it regularly. Having a set time to practice 3 to 5 times a week will make a huge difference. I do my Kundalini Yoga from home with a DVD which walks me through everything step-by-step and gives me an awesome workout.

The DVD is Kundalini Yoga for Beginners and Beyond. This may be something to look into if there are no Kundalini Yoga classes in your area. It is well worth the effort and time, once you start and you actually get to a point where you body starts to crave the workouts because of how great it makes you feel.

I am not currently using Kundalini Yoga because I am in late pregnancy, but once the baby is born I am getting right back to it because it makes me feel fantastic.