Recently I spent some much needed time away in the North, West countryside of Japan with my partner.
It was a time to reflect – time to get away from the mundanity and stresses of life – time to meditate on my truest intentions and visions for the future – and incidentally time to begin a daily Kundalini Yoga practice!
I’ve been a yogi or yogic practitioner for several years now on and off but I discovered Kundalini yoga and its benefits through an astrologer of all people – Tom “Kaypacha” Lescher of the new paradigm astrology cooperative.
It was really delving in to my love and side passion for astrology during my time out that as a synchronistic accident I learned that Kaypacha highly recommends kundalini yoga to any of his cooperative or people receiving natal chart readings from him during retreats or webinars.
In his words he writes “I cannot stress enough how much Kundalini Yoga has changed my life (for the better)! I often tell people in my workshops that I use Astrology as bait just to get them to come and experience Kundalini Yoga.”
I began with the basics and found many helpful beginner YouTube videos to kick start my daily practice, such as this short, sweet and handy one here:
Together my partner and I took it nice and easy and built up our daily duration and breathing exercises such as Breath Of Fire and I strongly recommend you do the same if you are new to kundalini yoga as it can cause dizziness and even fast track a Kundalini-Awakening which you are best to be well informed on prior to it happening so you stand the best chance of having a successful and beneficial time from it – rather than a scary or intimidating one.
What is the Kundalini energy?
It’s really important to realize the original intention of yoga was to prepare the body to meditate!
Western practices have mostly lost this fundamental approach and in many ways turned it more into an exercise and/or athletic fashion statement.
To benefit most and reach the highest levels of transformation make sure to meditate after any kundalini kriya.
“Kundalini Yoga is a science and it can be explained and it can be experienced, like in a lab where you find your total potential awakened to experience your own excellence. Kundalini Yoga is simply the uncoiling of yourself to find your potential and your vitality and to reach your virtues. There is nothing outside, everything is you. You are the storehouse of your totality.” – Yogi Bhajan
In short the Kundalini is seen as a snaking coil of energy that passes through our seven chakras, from the root or Muladhara chakra up to the crown or Sahasrara chakra at the very top of the head.
Kundalini yoga is the practice of awakening this energy through conscious awareness, movements and breathing techniques in order to unleash ones truest potential – as seen in basic form in the above video.
In my experience of practicing daily kundalini yoga as with daily meditation, I felt a lot more wholesome generally. It quickly became a necessity for me to feel my best on a daily basis in Japan and before long I was waking in the morning to a cool shower followed by a roughly 75 plus minute practice always ending with a meditation phase.
There’s a fair bit to learn with Kundalini Yoga, such as chants, mudras etc so make sure to do your basic research or head to the New Paradigm Astrology site for further insights in the Kyoga section.
A highly regarded book is the ‘Kundalini yoga for the west’ book by Sivananda Radha Saraswati
Any true Kyoga session begins by rubbing your two palms together, placing them in prayer pose and chanting with 3 “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo” which means ~ I bow to the Creative Wisdom, I bow to the Divine Teacher within. It’s used for “tuning in” to divine flow and self-knowledge.
So there we have it – if you would have asked me would I be practicing Kundalini Yoga daily very soon, 6 months ago I would have most likely replied with, “What’s that?
However I can wholeheartedly recommend Kundalini Yoga as a highly beneficial and profoundly attitude and mindset altering practice, capable of increasing motivation, endurance and especially that all important creative energy we sometimes lack in our day to day life!
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