Whether we realize it or not, most of us do a lot of things without really thinking and often react to our environment rather than being intentional about our thoughts and behaviors. For example, we might drive to work, wash dishes, tuck the kids in, or eat a meal without really being aware of what is happening—or what we want to happen. However, if you want to live your life with greater awareness and intention, one way to enter this state of heightened attention is to practice meditation. A specific form of meditation that may be particularly helpful is Kundalini, which focuses on primal energy. Kundalini meditation is a way of channeling your energy and releasing yourself from stress and living on "auto-pilot. In Sanskrit, kundalini means "coiled snake" and references the ancient belief that each person carries "divine" energy at the base of the spine. This mediation tradition seeks to awaken, release, and harness this energy. Kundalini mediation was popularized in the West by Yogi Bhajan, who developed and introduced his own form of Kundalini yoga in the United States in the late s. Kundalini meditation is part of Kundalini yoga and is meant to move energy through the body. It is based on the concept that energy at the base of the spine also known as the root chakra needs to be released through the seven chakras of the body and then out through the crown chakra above the head.
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What do I do if my kundalini energy is waking up? Kundalini energy is divine feminine energy that awakens the awareness that exists in all of us.
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Kundalini is your life force energy. For those who have an awakening event and become conscious, the energy spirals upward, activating each chakra, and making the being transition into an enlightened guru. A Kundalini awakening is talked about a lot in spiritual circles because prior to experiencing bliss, the energy first cleanses and purifies, and the shifts that you experience can be unnerving at best, and downright painful at worst. A kundalini awakening can be one of the most traumatic and confusing times of your life. You begin a process of emotional reckoning. You find your mind circling through past experiences that you either miss and feel sad about no longer having, or are mourning for, and feel sad that you had to go through in the first place. You are unpacking years of pent-up energy blocks that have prevented you from being present. This is a time to come to peace with it and to release. You may feel physical symptoms, such as waking up at random hours of the night, sweating, crying, or even literally feeling an intense rush of energy going up your spine. You feel a sudden need to make radical changes in your life.
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This energy, when cultivated and awakened through tantric practice, is believed to lead to spiritual liberation. It derives its name from its focus upon the awakening of kundalini energy through regular practice of Mantra , Tantra , Yantra , Asanas or Meditation. It is mentioned as a noun for "snake" in the sense of "coiled" in the 12th-century Rajatarangini chronicle I. Eknath Easwaran has paraphrased the term as "the coiled power", a force which ordinarily rests at the base of the spine, described as being "coiled there like a serpent". According to William F. Williams, Kundalini is a type of religious experience within the Hindu tradition, within which it is held to be a kind of "cosmic energy" that accumulates at the base of the spine. When awakened, Kundalini is described as rising up from the muladhara chakra , through the central nadi called sushumna inside or alongside the spine reaching the top of the head. The progress of Kundalini through the different chakras is believed to achieve different levels of awakening and a mystical experience , until Kundalini finally reaches the top of the head, Sahasrara or crown chakra , producing an extremely profound transformation of consciousness. Swami Sivananda Saraswati of the Divine Life Society stated in his book Kundalini Yoga that "Supersensual visions appear before the mental eye of the aspirant, new worlds with indescribable wonders and charms unfold themselves before the Yogi, planes after planes reveal their existence and grandeur to the practitioner and the Yogi gets divine knowledge, power and bliss, in increasing degrees, when Kundalini passes through Chakra after Chakra, making them to bloom in all their glory Reports about the Sahaja Yoga technique of Kundalini awakening state that the practice can result in a cool breeze felt on the fingertips as well as the fontanel bone area.
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Kundalini yoga as a school of yoga is influenced by Shaktism and Tantra schools of Hinduism. It occurs as a noun for "a snake" in the sense "coiled", as in "forming ringlets" in the 12th-century Rajatarangini chronicle I.

The Shiva Samhita describes the qualified yogi as practicing 'the four yogas' to achieve kundalini awakening, while lesser students may resort solely to one technique or another: "Mantra Yoga and Hatha Yoga. Laya Yoga is the third. The fourth is Raja Yoga. It is free from duality. Since this canon was fixed in the year , the Yoga-Kundalini Upanishad was compiled in the first half of the 17th century at the latest. He identifies the process of involution and its techniques in these texts as a particular form of Tantrik Laya Yoga.

The Yogakundali and the Yogatattva are yoga texts related to the school of Hatha yoga and Mantra yoga. The Yoga-Kundalini Upanishad consists of three short chapters; it begins by stating that Chitta consciousness is controlled by Prana, and it is controlled by moderate food, postures and Shakti-Chala I. Verses I. Although kundalini developed as a part of tantra side-by-side with hatha yoga through a process of syncretism, Swami Nigamananda d. Sivananda introduced many readers to "Kundalini Yoga" with his book on the subject in This book has in-depth details about Kundalini Yoga, [16] and combines laya teachings from older sources, including the Hathapradipika and Sat Cakra Nirupana.

Together with other currents of Hindu revivalism and Neo-Hinduism , Kundalini Yoga became popular in s to s western counterculture. Yogi Bhajan took yogic postures and techniques, attached them to Tantric theories and Sikh mantras, synthesizing a new form of 'Kundalini' yoga. Traditional Sikhs use quotations by Bhai Gurdas , whose "Vaaraa," or "Ballads," were considered by Guru Arjan as a key to understanding the concepts of the Guru Granth Sahib as saying, wherever Guru Nanak went and debated the futility of yoga, the yogis gave up at least some ritualistic aspects of their yogic paths.

The yogis of "Gorakhmatta," meaning "Wisdom of Gorakhnatha," the founder of Hatha yoga, converted to the path of Guru Nanak, and also changed the name of their ancient center to Nanakmatta meaning "Wisdom of Guru Nanak," known today as Gurdwara Sri Nanakmatta Sahib. Some claim yoga is refuted in the Guru Granth Sahib, [19] or that Guru Nanak never practiced yoga and neither did any of the following Gurus, their Sikhs or the Khalsa [ citation needed ].

My true Guru, the yogi, does not" [20] It becomes clear that the Gurus were not against yoga itself; they were against the harmful rituals practiced by yogis at the time. Furthermore, many historical Sikhs have practiced yoga. Disciples of Yogi Bhajan claim that while Yoga practice and philosophy are generally considered a part of Hindu culture, Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is founded on the principles of Sikh Dharma [ citation needed ]. Yogi Bhajan encouraged his students to marry, establish businesses, and be fully engaged in society.

Rather than worshiping God, Yogi Bhajan's teachings encourage students to train their mind to experience God. Yogi Bhajan's version of Kundalini Yoga has continued to grow in influence and popularity largely in the Americas, Europe, South Africa, Togo, Australia, and East Asia, with the training of many thousands of teachers. Yogi Bhajan states that "Kundalini Yoga consists of active and passive asana-based kriyas, pranayama, and meditations which target the whole body system nervous system, glands , mental faculties, chakras to develop awareness, consciousness and spiritual strength.

Kundalini is the term for "a spiritual energy or life force located at the base of the spine", conceptualized as a coiled-up serpent. The practice of Kundalini yoga is supposed to arouse the sleeping Kundalini Shakti from its coiled base through the 6 chakras , and penetrate the 7th chakra, or crown.

This energy is said to travel along the ida left , pingala right and central, or sushumna nadi - the main channels of pranic energy in the body. Kundalini energy is technically explained as being sparked during yogic breathing when prana and apana blends at the 3rd chakra navel center at which point it initially drops down to the 1st and 2nd chakras before traveling up to the spine to the higher centers of the brain to activate the golden cord - the connection between the pituitary and pineal glands - and penetrate the 7 chakras.

Borrowing and integrating many different approaches, Kundalini Yoga can be understood as a tri-fold approach of Bhakti yoga for devotion, Shakti yoga for power, and Raja yoga for mental power and control. Its purpose through the daily practice of kriyas and meditation in sadhana are described a practical technology of human consciousness for humans to achieve their total creative potential. With the practice of Kundalini Yoga one is thought able to liberate oneself from one's Karma and to realize one's Dharma Life Purpose.

The practice of kriyas and meditations in Kundalini Yoga are designed to raise complete body awareness to prepare the body, nervous system , and mind to handle the energy of Kundalini rising. The majority of the physical postures focus on navel activity, activity of the spine, and selective pressurization of body points and meridians.

Breath work and the application of bandhas 3 yogic locks aid to release, direct and control the flow of Kundalini energy from the lower centers to the higher energetic centers. Along with the many kriyas, meditations and practices of Kundalini Yoga, a simple breathing technique of alternate nostril breathing left nostril, right nostril is taught as a method to cleanse the nadis , or subtle channels and pathways, to help awaken Kundalini energy.

Sovatsky adapts a developmental and evolutionary perspective in his interpretation of Kundalini Yoga. That is, he interprets Kundalini Yoga as a catalyst for psycho-spiritual growth and bodily maturation.

According to this interpretation of yoga, the body bows itself into greater maturation [ Kundalini Awakening by uncoilingsnake. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. School of yoga. Teachers Acharyas. Adi Shankara. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Tantra Shakta. Major texts. Yoga Journal. Retrieved 8 October Retrieved 11 January Retrieved 25 October According to this meaning of the term, and from the standpoint of natural dualism, Yoga has been described to be the union of the individual spirit with god.

Yoga has many forms, o brahmin. Hohm Press. As Hatha Yoga, originally the preserve of the unorthodox Nathas, grew in popularity in the medieval period, the orthodox Shaivas sought to incorporate it within their soteriology, and thus the Shiva Samhita may be an example of this appropriation. He is entitled to practice all Yogas.

In this there is no doubt. Accessed 25 October Motilal Banarsidass. Narayanasvami Aiyar Astrojyoti. Retrieved 15 September Toronto: Monkey Minds Press.

Kundalini Research Institute. Retrieved 7 April Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback. Cromie, William J. Harvard University Gazette, 18 April Eastman, David T.

Laue, Thorsten: Tantra im Westen. Archived from the original on 10 June Retrieved 2 January Indian J. July Swami Sivananda , Kundalini Yoga Turner, Robert P. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. Yoga philosophy Bhagavad Gita Yoga Vasistha.

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