SIGNIFICANCE OF
KUNDALINI YOGA

Yoga has its origins in the human experience. Its techniques for living a healthy, happy and spiritually aware life have developed through thousands of years and across many civilizations. 'Kundalini' is a familiar word for all yoga students. Kundalini yoga is a form of physical and meditative yoga that comprises of various techniques using the mind, our senses and the body. The usage of these, results in a peaceful and relaxing communication between the soul and the body.

Kundalini yoga gives special consideration to the role of the spine and the endocrine system, which is an essential part for yogic awakening. It focuses on psycho-spiritual growth and the potential of the body for maturity.

The psychic centers or the charkas in the human body are considered to be the center point for the generation of spiritual power. This spiritual power is the Kundalini energy. Kundalini, in yogic terms, is considered to be the power residing in Muladhara Chakra, the first of the seven charkas, the other six being Svadhishthana, Manipuraka, Anahata, Visuddha, Ajna and Sahasrara, in order.

The prana or life force is considered to be dormant in our bodies. Kundalini is the potential form of prana. Kundalini is the power in the form of a coiled serpent. This serpent is said to reside, dormant in the Muladhara Chakra.

In Sanskrut, Kundalini literally means, 'That which is coiled'. This coiled serpent is believed to be lying at the base of our spine and can spring awake when activated by spiritual disciplines. Here, the spiritual discipline being, practicing Kundalini Yoga. A poetic way of describing the word 'kundalini' is "the curl of the lock of hair of the beloved". It is a metaphor describing the flow of energy and consciousness which already exists within individuals.

Significance of Kundalini :-

The practice of kundalini yoga consists of a various bodily postures, expressive movements and utterances, characterological cultivations, breathing patterns, and degrees of concentration. Like all other forms of yoga, Kundalini also links movement with breadth. The way it differs is its direct focus on moving energy through the chakra system, stimulating the energy in the lower chakras and moving it to the higher chakras. Kundalini Yoga awakens the energy that resides in the spine.

Although Kundalini is very much a physical form of yoga, the main benefit is derived from the inner experience. Most popularly known as the 'Yoga of awareness', Kundalini yoga awakens the unlimited potential already existing in all human beings. When this energy is awakened in the body, it gives the individual enhanced intuition and mental clarity and creative potential.

It is a yoga designed for householders, for people who have to cope with the daily challenges and stressful life at work and at home, raising families, and managing businesses etc.

One interesting fact of Kundalini yoga is that Kundalini yoga is one of the few paths of yoga that allows sex. Medical research on kundalini yoga states that its regular practice can very much increase your sexual energy levels leading to a magnificently improved sex life.

Kundalini yoga is claimed to be the foremost of yoga practices as it gives the pleasure of both Bhukti (enjoyment) and Mukti (liberation) in the fullest and literal sense. Yogis claim that Kundalini energy is far superior to all others. Which is why, the state of Samadhi attained thereby is considered most perfect. The degree, to which the unveiling of this consciousness is effected, depends upon the meditative power, and the extent of one's detachment from the world.

In Kundalini Yoga the creating and sustaining Sakti of the whole body is actually and truly united with Lord Siva. The Yogi goads Her to introduce him to Her Lord. The rousing of Kundalini Sakti and Her Union with Lord Siva affects the state of Samadhi (Ecstatic union) and spiritual Anubhava (experience). Kundalini Herself, when awakened by the Yogins, achieves for them the Jnana (illumination).

Practiced regularly, Kundalini can strengthen the nervous system, balance the glandular system, and harness the energy of the mind and emotion as well as the body. While general yoga technique focuses on exercise postures and breathing, Kundalini takes yoga concepts a step further by integrating them into everyday life activities.

Better functioning of your body :

Kundalini Yoga, in combination with the right lifestyle changes, will put your digestive, nervous, lymphatic, cardiovascular, glandular and all other systems in proper working order

Beauty :

Kundalini Yoga can transform many ordinary bodies into sleek physiques. Kundalini Yoga is one of the only exercise systems that recognizes the importance of glandular balance in relation to physical and mental health. This has a direct bearing on your ability to look great and feel great.

Sense of well-being :

This comes as a result of the increased energy and relaxation, which Kundalini Yoga gives, and from the process of self-discovery and confidence you feel when you pay attention to your inner life.

Emotional balance :

This attribute helps you to be the master of your life and not allow subjective mental states to cloud your ability to make clear decisions and act in accordance with your true values.

Increases sensory awareness :

The ability to touch, taste, feel and see with sensitivity, and to put your perceptions into the framework of knowledge you can use.

Enhances intuitive power :

The sixth sense is a gift we all posses. Kundalini Yoga works on your higher brain centers, and gives you the nuance to compute the particulars of any situation and to arrive at a set of certainties you can bet on. Stronger intuition also alerts us of dangers and we do not attract negative forces.

Eliminates negative habits :

Frequently we feel the need to compensate or self-destruct, due to a deep hurt or unresolved life issue. This can take the form of overeating, drinking, drugs and other indulgences. In the context of Kundalini Yoga there are specific techniques to help you get to the bottom of what is bothering you. Many negative habit patterns just fall away as a result of the applied practice of Kundalini Yoga.

Creativity :

Beyond artistic ability, creativity is a state of mind that allows you to be spontaneous, industrious and expressive. Kundalini Yoga can help make any thing you do a personal statement.

The Power of Kundalini :-

Kundalini is the evolutionary force, at the base of the spine. When awakened, it rises through and vitalizes the chakras, bringing spiritual knowledge, mystical vision, psychic powers, and ultimately, enlightenment."

Kundalini Chakras : -

In Hinduism and its spiritual systems of yoga and in some related eastern cultures, a chakra is thought to be an energy node in the human body. The word comes from the Sanskrut word "cakra" meaning "wheel, circle", and sometimes also referring to the "wheel of life". The seven main chakras are described as being aligned in an ascending column from the base of the spine to the top of the head. Each chakra is associated with a certain color, an aspect of consciousness, a classical element, and other distinguishing characteristics. The chakras are thought to encourage the physical body and to be associated with interactions of both a physical and mental nature. They are considered as prana, which is thought to flow among them along pathways called nadis. The seven chakras reflect how the unified consciousness of man is divided to manage different aspects of earthly life (body/instinct/vital energy/deeper emotions/communication/having an overview of life/contact to God).