By Faye Martins
Kundalini Yoga is set of Yogic practices that uses a holistic and balanced approach to create and sustain physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and well-being. The practice of Kundalini Yoga originated in India approximately 5,000 years ago. Kundalini Yoga incorporates asanas, chanting, meditation, and pranayama techniques to awaken and nourish the Kundalinii Shakti energy that lies dormant at the base of the spine.
According to ancient Vedic wisdom, the Kundalini Shakti energy is coiled three and a half times at the base of the spine of every human being. When the Kundalini Shakti energy is awakened, great joy, wisdom, peace, creativity, and energy are released. The Kundalini energy is healing and transformative by its very nature and can lead us to oneness with the divine essence of all reality.
The ultimate goal of Kundalini Yoga is to awaken the Kundalini energy and to nourish the energy as it rises through and penetrates the seven chakras, culminating in the seventh chakra, the Sahasrara, at the top of the skull. When the Kundalini Shakti pierces the Sahasrara Chakra great bliss arises, as well as a profound knowledge of the Divine.
There are also many other benefits to the practice of Kundalini Yoga. One of the most important physical benefits you receive from a regular practice of Kundalini Yoga is an optimally-balanced endocrine system. As your hormones balance, a sense of well-being quickly ensues.
Kundalini Yoga also helps to combat fatigue from stress, anxiety, and anger, by lowering high levels of adrenalin and cortisol. Both the pranayama or breathing exercises and the movement help to improve the circulation of blood throughout the body and also help to ease physical pain. Some of the more pronounced physical ailments that Kundalini Yoga is effective at relieving are hormonal imbalances, menstrual irregularities, heart disease, chronic headaches, depression, and asthma.
Additionally, there are emotional and spiritual benefits of a regular practice of Kundalini Yoga. Some of the emotional benefits are the elimination of negative feelings such as depression, guilt, sadness, anger, helplessness, and jealousy.
As you engage in the physical practice, deep breathing practices, meditation, and the recitation of slokas or sacred verses, your whole being is cleansed and rejuvenated. A regular practice of Kundalini Yoga will ease aches and pains, improve your energy level, and reduce stress. As your sadhana or spiritual practice continues to deepen, you will experience a profound sense of well-being, joy, lightness and love at the core of your own being.
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