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101 on Kundalini and Yoga

Written by Vibrate Higher LLC

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Posted on April 21 2020

Yoga has been and is still a mainstream practice for weight loss, perfect body and flexibility. But, have we ever stopped to ask if that is all there is to this ancient old practice? We at Vibrate Higher decided to expand our knowledge on Yoga focusing on Kundalini Yoga. As a mindfulness and consciousness-based brand, we felt it is important to share our findings.

Now, what is Yoga?

Yoga is about the mind. Expanding our consciousness. Who am I? Why we came to this Earth as human beings?  The word yoga is a Sanskrit word. It means, to unite, union. You might ask, union with what? We say union with divine. This is not because we are not united, we are united, but we are united with anger, passion, fear, desires, jealousies, and little petty complaints.  Yoga gives us the opportunity to go beyond the ego. Only when you are away from the ego, then you are united with the divine, you become divine. That's what yoga offers. Here at Vibrate Higher, we go beyond the mundane explanations and perceptions of life. This is where our fascination and curiosity of the essence of Yoga emanates from. As we continue seeking the origins and uses of this beautiful practice, we share with you what know about Kundalini Yoga, so far.

Kundalini Yoga

Many Yoga practices include portions of Kundalini Yoga in them. It is an uplifting blend of spiritual and physical practices, Kundalini Yoga incorporates movement, breathing techniques, meditation, and the chanting of mantras, such as Sat Nam, meaning "truth is my identity."  The meaning of Kundalini in Sanskrit is ‘coiled’ or also Shakti which lies in curled fashion at the bottom of the spine. According to Swami Tadatmananda “Kundalini Yoga is a blend of:

  • Bhakti Yoga - the yogic practice of devotion and chanting.
  • Raja Yoga - the practice of mediation/mental and physical control and
  • Shakti Yoga – for the expression of power and energy.

Kundalini is seen as a spiritual or life force energy which is generally visualized as a serpent. It is said that, historically, serpents and snakes represent fertility or a creative life force. As snakes shed their skin through sloughing, they are symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing. Snakes also symbolized the umbilical cord, joining all humans to Mother Earth. Hence its name – Kundalini or Kundala – which essentially is ‘that which is coiled” or “to coil or to spiral’.

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Kundalini Yoga wakes up this dormant Kundalini Shakti from its coiled base, upwards through the body, then through the 6 different chakras traveling the path along the main channels of pranic energy located inside the body to penetrate the crown or 7th chakra, developing character, strength, consciousness along with awareness. In Tantra Yoga, kundalini is an aspect of Shakti, divine female energy and the inseparable lover of Shiva. Kundalini is generally defined as an essential potentiality of our being which, upon awakening, opens us to a cosmic, non-personal dimension of energy. Spiritual realization results from the transformations that it produces. Kundalini Yoga has been referred to as a ‘residual power of pure desire’. According to KundaliniYoga.org, it is defined as “ancient art and science dealing with the transformation and expansion of consciousness.

In “The Yoga Gurus” documentary, it is said that yoga tells us and teaches us to be flexible. This makes us stable and comfortable, this makes us feel and look flexible on the outside. Sometimes we must understand that we might make our body flexible, or our legs flexible, but yoga is not only about flexibility. Yoga is here to make our life flexible. Yoga is here to bend ourselves beyond our bodies. When you bend your ego, when you bend yourself, thus being humble, being polite, that is true flexibility in our life. This is what yoga offers. Yoga means it's life. What we call life, we understand through yoga. That's why gradually when you start practicing yoga properly, yoga will occupy you completely. Yoga means self-realization.

 

 

References and resources:

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What Is Kundalini Yoga

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Arsha Bodha Center - Swami Tadatmananda Kundalini Yoga -- as Envisioned by the Ancient Yogis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ODfwJBDgBs