Kundalini yoga isn’t only a physical or emotional practice — it’s a spiritually transformative one.

Have you ever heard of Kundalini yoga? You may be familiar with other yoga types, yet this practice can be even more energizing, restorative, and transformational than any yoga you’ve experienced before. What is Kundalini yoga? What are its benefits? And how can you safely practice Kundalini yoga?

What is Kundalini yoga?

While the roots of yoga are centuries old, present-day yoga has many more identifiable variations than ancient yoga. Different types of yoga are practiced for a variety of reasons, from exercising to meditation. While all yoga is beneficial, Kundalini meditation takes other yoga forms a step further, focusing, instead, on the spiritual side of yoga.

What is Kundalini yoga? Kundaliniyoga.org describes the Kundalini as:

“An incredibly powerful storehouse of psychic energy, sometimes called Shakti, symbolized as a coiled, sleeping serpent, lies dormant at the base of the spine (Kundal means curl). Once awakened it uncoils and ascends through the central channel in the spinal column (Sushumana) to the Crown Chakra (Sahasrara) at the top of the head, triggering an awakening of consciousness and a transcendent spiritual state.”

Essentially, Kundalini meditations focus on the spirit, the soul, the chakras, and, as the name indicates, the Kundalini energy.

Kundalini yoga deals with powerful energy — and it must be harnessed responsibly.

What are the chakras? Energy centers positioned throughout the body. There is the root chakra (representing trust and security), the sacral chakra (creativity and sexuality), the solar plexus chakra (power and strength), the heart chakra (representing love and compassion), the throat chakra (representing communication), the third eye chakra (rawareness and knowledge), and the crown chakra (divinity).

Through Kundalini yoga, you are given the chance to both cleanse your chakras and invite the Kundalini energy to travel through them, restoring and empowering your energy centers.

What are its benefits?

The benefits of Kundalini yoga can be transformative for your body, mind, and spirit. Kundalini yoga is made up of a series of very specific movements and meditations. The sequence of these exercises in Kundalini yoga should help you not only use your energy but generate more energy, which ignites your chakras, aligns you with your consciousness and opens you up to greater world awareness.

In addition, the awakening of your Kundalini serpent can help clear out your mind, strengthen your nervous system, stimulate your creativity, enhance your intuition, and improve your empathetic communication. Kundalini yoga can also be useful when developing resistance from emotional trauma. While many of these benefits may sound too good to be true for simple yoga practice, Kundalini yoga deals with powerful energy — and it must be harnessed responsibly.

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How do you safely practice Kundalini yoga?

While the benefits of Kundalini yoga may make you want to dive right in, be wary of trying Kundalini yoga on your own for the first time. Due to the amount of energy that Kundalini yoga generates, practicing it in a safe, stable setting with an intelligent instructor is essential. Having a well-informed teacher to guide you through the energy surge can help prevent you from becoming emotionally unwell, physically ill, and/or paranoid.

While awakening your Kundalini is a spectacular experience, stimulating your Kundalini without physical preparation and emotional readiness can be detrimental to your health. Always be safe and mindful while awakening your powerful Kundalini, and ensure that you’re of optimal physical and spiritual health to handle it. Diving into Kundalini meditation when you’re unwell can make you susceptible to mood swings, impulsivity, irritability, and nervous system damage.

Other tips:

  • Consider warming up before diving into a session.
  • Always breathe through the nose.
  • Don’t eat in the three hours before your practice; it’s not fun to perform a Kundalini practice with a full stomach!
  • If you don’t awaken your Kundalini during your first session, don’t stress; everyone moves at their own pace. You’ll still enjoy the benefits of the yoga practice itself.

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