Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa…a five feet tall woman, who is not very beautiful, but there’s something in her personality that makes her stand outside the crowd. Of course, it’s not her all-white outfit, but it’s her outstanding presence with a calm, confident, serene personality. If we talk in terms of ‘Kundalini’, it’s her powerful aura that makes her that extraordinary. She’s the co-founder and director of Golden Bridge Yoga Center, Los Angeles. As per Kalsa. Kundalini helps to make your aura strong and it eventually gives you a transparent and confident personality. Kundalini classes consist of various body movements involving some related music as well.
The seat of the Kundalini
The seat of the Kundalini is at the base of the spine, we can stimulate it to life through practice. Kundalini yogaaims to bring about the development of consciousness, raise the Kundalini energy from the lower chakra through the next to the top of the head. It connects with infinity and helps you to achieve this state of Samadhi (enlightenment).
For this force to climb along the central channel, you need the concentrated influence of prana, whose power regulates pranayama. The end of the Kundalini path is to transfer consciousness back to the lower chakras (down) to direct it in everyday life and thus raise the vibrations of the world in which we live.
When we practice Kundalini yoga, Kundalini energy, prana and Apana mix at the Navel Point. The resulting energy is directed to the root chakra, spirally rises through the Shushum (central column of the spine) to the pituitary and pineal glands (to the brain).
Kriya means an action that leads to a complex effect. It is a sequence of positions, breaths, and sounds. They are so integrated that, as a result of repetition, they allow a certain state that can be manifested (predictable, stable) and mastered.
Prana is the existence of life. It is neither consciousness nor spirit…it is a kind of energy manifested by the spirit in materialistic form. This force exists in all forms of matter and enlivens it.
It is in the air, but it is not oxygen or any other element in it. It is in food, in water, in sunlight…it’s everywhere. They are only prana carriers. By eating, drinking, inhaling air, we absorb this subtle form of energy.
Prana also reaches where air does not reach. The force of gravity is a manifestation of prana, as it is the flow of electricity, the strength of human action, a nervous impulse or thought.
Pranayama is knowledge and the ability to acquire control over this life force lying in everyone. During the breath, we absorb only small amounts of prana. With the help of concentration, we can consciously manipulate breath and accumulate significant amounts of prana in nerve centers and the brain. With this energy, experienced yogis possess many extraordinary abilities.
The subtlest, the most perfect manifestation of prana in a human being is thought. By skillfully managing this subtle power, a yogi can raise the mind to the superconscious plane and act by remaining on it all the time.
While practicing pranayama, the mind plays a special role, it is extremely important to carefully observe all phenomena that occur during breathing.
Along with systematic practice, we start to realize that the level of prana varies from body to body. It will be refined to such an extent that the mind will not only recognize the place where it is not washed enough but will also be able to top it up. By properly manipulating the breath, you can move excess prana to other parts of the body, improving our health.
Prana (capitalized) is divided into different frequencies or different types of movement within the body. They are vajus. There are 5 vajus:
It is associated with lung function and inspiration. It accumulates between the base of the heart and neck. Its movement is the accumulation, expansion of the lungs and internal energy. When we have the right level of prana, we have a lot of energy, a willingness to live, a full breath and an open mind.
It is associated with the functions of excretion (through the anus, bladder, intestines, genitals, feet). To excrete toxins, you need a strong Apana that gives you a sense of security and embedding.
It is associated with the region between the heart and navel and manages most of the body’s metabolic activity. It helps in assimilation.
It is associated with the larynx and head region. It applies to outdoor projection.
It penetrates the whole body. It is like a subtle connecting tissue. This manages coordination, muscle and joint movement throughout the body. This gives the body and thoughts a sense of integrity.
In Kundalini yoga practice, we strengthen the accumulating prana energy and the excreting energy of Apana. When prana and Apana are strong and balanced – the others usually adapt.
Prana travels to all parts of the body through the channels (Nadi), which flow from the navel point and end on the feet, hands, and more. Among 72000 Nadi, mentioned three are the most important.
- Ida (runs from the left nostril to the base of the spine) – It represents the lunar energy that removes body impurities (Apana). It has a calming, cooling, restorative effect on the body and mind.
- Pingala (runs from the right nostril to the base of the spine) –It transfers solar energy, which has an energizing (prana) and warming effect on the body and mind.
- Sushumna – It is the central Nadi with which, the Kundalini rises. It starts at the base of the spine. It goes up the middle of the spine to the top of the head. It is also called a silver cord.
The human body has a network of channels (invisible paths) through which energy flows, just as blood flows through the veins and arteries. It is energy transmitted through the chakra system and held in place by their electromagnetic field. Meridians have their functions and destiny regarding health or specific issues.
Nadi means the nerve, and in fact, we use it to describe the complex network of channels that penetrate our subtle body. They look like veins, but instead of conducting blood, they constantly help the main energy channels (meridians) distribute prana throughout our subtle and physical body, ensuring their fitness and health. In yoga, they are compared to the branches of a tree, while meridians are compared to its trunk.
These are closures used in various areas of the body to direct prana and Apana. They are the basic techniques for accumulating the results of practice. They allow you to establish a balance that affects the entire practitioner’s system.
When prana begins to flow in the body of a yogi, he uses Bandha to prevent the dispersion of energy and allow it to be transferred (without prejudice to health) to the appropriate places in the body.
There are three main Bandha…
- Jalandhar Bandh (neck closure)
- Uddiyana Bandh (diaphragm closure)
- Mulbandh (base closure)
When all three closures are used together with correct posture and concentration, it is called Mahabandh (complete closure).
Physical exercises (Asanas)
Asana is an exercise, meditation, connection to the flow of energy. It is an instrument for the self-diagnosis of a person practicing Kundalini Yoga. Exercise – muscle isolation, emphasis on specific points or areas that affect the functioning of the glands, organs and redirects, flushes, and affects blood circulation.
Most of the exercises are dynamic and energy is directed to specific parts of the body not only in the right position. Many exercises are combined with a special breath (e.g. fire breath).
Mudra is Hand gestures, a hand position that closes or seals and leads the brain to energy and reflexes. Each area of the hand is connected to a certain part of the body representing different emotions and behaviors. Each finger represents certain planetary energies, the thumb refers to the individual. Touching the thumb with your fingertips produces a specific result. The pressure is strong enough to sense the flow of energy.
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