Awaken your inner self with kundalini yoga
Kundalini yoga is one of the most awe-inspiring and highly advanced yogic sequences of postures that will need to be practiced under the guidance of an expert tutor
While practicing regular asanas, such as suryanamskara or the sun salutation sequence of asana, it is possible for the student to begin practicing alone in order to achieve rudimentary flexibility of the body and gain minimum control over a wayward mind.
However, even the word ‘kundalini” is often taken in hushed tones and reverence as it is one of the toughest, not in terms of physical flexibility etc., but in the level of control the mind needs to have over the body.
In fact, un-mentored practice of kundalini has often resulted in disastrous experiences for even the disciplined yoga practitioner. Of all the methods and types of yoga kundalini yoga is considered to be most powerful as well as the most self-observatory.
This form of yoga is essentially the awakening of the kundalini or the ‘coiled venomous snake,’ which at each turn of uncoiling will bring out the inner beast and awaken each of the seven chakras in a particular sequence.
The body, it is believed, is much like a car engine with several wheels and pulleys. In this type of yogic practice, the body is believed to be composed of well-oiled, inter-linked chakras that, once set in motion, will move all along the spinal cord, nape of the neck, and finally strike like the hood of a snake in the innermost parts of the brain for the final awakening.
In 1969, Yogi Bhajan first introduced this method of yogic postures to the Western enthusiasts. As a combination of Yogic poses and meditation, this style of yoga also focuses on Mantra, Chanting and Pranayama to awaken the inner self.
This is followed by concentration and training the mind, practicing tough and advanced forms of hatha yoga, and Jnana yoga. The exercise sessions are followed by petitioning the mind for selflessness, and deep intellectual questions. However, the most important aspect of this style is that it requires constant monitoring by gurus. For self-practice may sometimes result in problems such as mild headaches, psychosis, epilepsy, depression, and irregular breathing.
When practiced with a mentor, kundalini yoga translates into one of the best inspirational practices, with moments of ecstasy and pain.