WHAT IS KUNDALINI ENERGY
Kundalini comes from the word kundala which means coiled. Kundalini is the name that yoga practitioners gave to the awakening to your full potential, and is depicted as a snake coiled at the base chakra.
The journey to raise the Kundalini always begins in the base. When all seven chakras have been cleared and opened, the Kundalini activates, or the serpent awakens and begins to lift up toward the crown. The kundalini normally lies dormant. By awakening its power you will be able to experience conscious enlightenment and healing.
It is important to note that you cannot open the kundalini without having open and balanced chakras.
Energy (prana) currently exists in you and it can flow in and out of any chakra centre, but the kundalini energy is the potential energy, which is normally dormant. By opening your chakra you can active this energy lying in the kundalini.
Here you will journey through the yoga exercises both breath and postures combined with kundalini yoga through the chakras to raise the kundalini, thereby linking them together to create a fully enlightened and unified person (unified in body, Mind and spirit).
WHAT IS YOGA
Yoga means unity. It is the perfect blending of mind, body and spirit that creates a unified and balanced person. By achieving the unity, you will have a better understanding of your journey in life, which will give you peace, wisdom, good health and fulfilment. Hatha Yoga is the yoga of breath and postures, and it is the yoga style most commonly practices in western cultures. You will be using controlled breathing throughout these exercises, but as it also activates the brow chakra, we will look at other types of breathing practices that can be done with the postures or meditation.
If you have mobility issues props such as benches, blocks, straps and blankets can help you achieve the necessary alignment in the postures. It is important to learn the accurate physical alignment of the postures so that not only will your practice be more successful but it will also minimise the possibility of injury.
Always remember that yoga is about the journey, not the destination. So there is never any need to rush from one place to another. Start the poses slowly, only bend as far as you can without pain and then move back. As you practice and progress further you will find that you become more flexible, but never push past your threshold just to be able to do what someone else can. Yoga is a journey of self discovery not a competition.
THE CHAKRAS & KUNDALINI ENERGY
The chakras are the seven main energy centres that correspond to points along the spine. The energy of each centre helps you tap into different strengths as well as regulating you health and well-being. When you experience an emotional or physical ailment, the problem can generally be traced to a blockage in a chakra.
Ideally when all chakras are open, clear and healthy, the potential energy (Kundalini Energy) that is coiled at the base chakra can travel all the way up to the crown chakra. This allows you to live in a state of enlightenment of the mind, body and spirit.
There are many ways to open the chakras that have become closed, meditation, wands, crystals, reiki, etc. Some of which are discussed in this website.
Yoga, is also and effective way to open chakras, it also raises the potential energy (Kundalini) within you, and that is the method on which this section is based.
Yoga postures have the ability to open any of the chakras, but some pull energy through one centre more directly than others. If you are opening the base chakra, a side effect could be that your solar plexus chakra improves also.
MAINTAIN A GOOD POSTURE WHILE DOING THE YOGA POSES
As with all things this will only come to you with practice.
Visualise the energy of the kundalini moving around and through the chakra to open and activate.
A breath cycle is one complete inhale, followed by one complete exhale.
As with all exercises, if you have a pose that concentrates on one side of the body don't forget to change over and do the pose on the other side of the body.