Dare to release your vital energy with Kundalini Yoga

A teacher dressed in white, Vedic mantras recited by the group and accomplished smiles light up the faces of the participants?

You are probably witnessing a Kundalini Yoga class. If you've never had the opportunity to experience this practice and dive into the world of kriyas, pranayama and mantras, don't worry, we'll reveal everything you need to know to start in Kundalini Yoga.

Before diving into the world of Kundalini Yoga, it is essential to know the central role of the chakras in any yoga practice.

Dare to release your vital energy with Kundalini Yoga

What is Kundalini Yoga?

Kundalini Yoga is the synthesis of several practices whose goal is to awaken the subtle energy called "Kundalini" housed within the first chakra: the Muladhara chakra or "root chakra".

The Muladhara is represented by a red lotus, it has four petals each corresponding to a psychological state. It is found at the base of the body and the other chakras.

In terms of energy, its main function is anchoring and allowing the individual to become one with life, by channelling and stabilizing the terrestrial energy rising through the feet. Hence the importance of working on this chakra to find your inner peace.

Kundalini Yoga, therefore, aims to awaken self-awareness through the mastery of Kundalini energy. He will use for this the practice of asanas (postures), pranayama (breath), bandhas (contractions) and the recitation of mantras that we will see in detail later in this article.

Yogi Bhajan and the birth of Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga belongs to the non-Orthodox Indian tradition. It was in its infancy, consecrated to the nobility. It was even called “ Raja Yoga ”, from the Sanskrit Raja which means king, royal and was taught confidentially. It is recognized as “the royal road to the blossoming of consciousness”.

The notion of Kundalini Yoga theoretically arrived in Europe in 1932, through Carl Gustav Jung during a conference at the Psychological Club of Zurich.

A little later, a master of Indian origin, Yogi Bhajan, decided to transmit this practice to everyone. He then began in 1969 to train teachers in Los Angeles. Yogi Bhajan founded the non-profit organization 3HO (Healthy Happy Holy Organization) there.

He devoted a majority of his Kundalini Yoga teaching to helping drug addicts in their addiction to drugs.

“Kundalini Yoga is a highway to enlightenment”

Who is this practice for?

Kundalini Yoga is also above all a lifestyle to adopt. It is the spiritual and energetic aspect that takes precedence. However, this energetic aspect can be emotionally difficult for some people to deal with.

So if you feel capable and want to change the relationship you have with yourself and with the world around you, we strongly recommend this practice.

What are the multiple benefits?

Benefits to the mind

Eliminates stress.

– Harmonizes body and mind.

– Allows a reconnection with oneself

– Allows access to one's unconscious and to get rid of one's blockages.

– Gives rise to a meditative state: relaxation and abandonment of addiction.

What is a typical Kundalini Yoga session like?

If you decide to embark on the adventure, here is how your session will unfold:

You will begin first, in the sukhasana position, with the recitation of mantras: a first opening mantra, then a second protection mantra.

You will then continue with a warm-up incorporated into pranayama exercises.

It is then that you will be able to begin the kriyas, which are, by definition, a set of postures that follow one another in a determined order.

These liberating postures of your chakras can be for example: 

The posture of the child or Balasana in Sanskrit, that of the dog upside down or Adho Mukha Svanasana, the posture of the Cobra or Bhujangâsana or that of the camel Ustrasana ….

child posture

Downward facing dog pose

cobra pose

camel pose

After this Kriya, you will continue with a chanting meditation, finally, you will end with the Shavasana which is deep relaxation. Without forgetting, of course, the recitation of Sat Nam: the closing mantra of the Kundalini Yoga session.

Are you convinced that you want to experience this inner journey and free your chakras? So you are probably wondering where to practice this Yoga? We answer you too!

Where to practice kundalini yoga?  

Choose a yoga retreat near you.

Participate in an online Kundalini Yoga retreat.

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