Kundalini yoga is a school of yoga focussed on awakening the dormant Kundalini power present in the body of the human being. The ‘Kundalini Energy’ can be described as a potent and powerful form of ‘Chi’ or ‘Life energy’ in the form of a ‘Sleeping Serpent’ that upon being awakened leads to a deep feeling of enlightenment and bliss.
Dr. Soorya Kaur, noted yoga practitioner, follower of the Yogi Bhajan School on Kundalini Yoga and nutrition expert notes that, ‘Kundalini in its basic definition is “Yoga Of Awareness”. It is concerned with inculcating in its practitioners various breathing postures that serves to increase and better the lung capacity while at the same time strengthening the nervous system and making it adept at receiving the flow of energy that is generated when the practitioner is engaged in meditation.’
The human body, as we know it, is composed of many systems from the digestive system to the circulatory system to the hormonal system etc but what makes the body and core components perform optimally is the Nervous System. It serves as the primary mode of understanding impulses and emotions that one experiences in one’s daily life. Kundalini Yoga taps the dormant power in this system by awakening the ‘Chakra Points’ that serve to increase awareness and understanding of the human body in its entirety both spiritually and physically.
The Chakra Points in Kundalini are traditionally understood to be ‘Seven’ in number as depicted in increasing order and can be understood in an easy way;
1. ‘Muladhara’ or ‘Root Chakra’ located at the end of the spinal column. It deals with Survival and is blocked by Fear
2. ‘Svadishthana’ or ‘Sacral Chakra’ located at the tailbone or the pubic bone. It deals with Pleasure and is blocked with Guilt
3. ‘Manipura’ or ‘Fire Chakra’ located just below the rib cage. It deals with Willpower and is blocked by Shame.
4. ‘Anahata’ or ‘Heart Chakra’ located in the centre of the chest close to the heart. It deals with Love and is blocked by Grief.
5. ‘Vishuddha’ or ‘Sound Chakra’ located at the throat region near the spine. It deals with Truth and is blocked by Lies.
6. ‘Ajna’ or ‘Light Chakra’ located directly behind the centre of the forehead. It deals with Insight and is blocked by Illusion.
7. ‘Sahasrara’ or ‘Crown Chakra’ located slightly above the top of the head. It deals with Cosmic Energy and is blocked by Earthly Attachment.
The Chakra Points are experiential in nature and are dependent upon gaining a certain level of spiritual insight before one can see them. For this, Dr. Kaur mentions that, ‘A Guru is especially important while understanding the intricacies of Kundalini Yoga. Books, superficial explanations and online tutorials are not at all advisable since this branch of Yoga requires a more personal interaction between a Guru and his/her disciple.’
Kundalini Yoga doesn’t turn oneself into a superhuman as one might believe but as one is naturally programmed to be. As part of cultivating a strong body, Kundalini Yoga requires the practitioner to be away from smoking and drugs since they are an obstacle to the natural flow of energy. Exercise in the form of ‘Asanas’ is important to prepare the body to receive the flow of energy. ‘Padmasana’ or Lotus Position & ‘Vajrasana’ or Diamond Position are beneficial in this regard. Dr. Kaur mentions that, ‘Kundalini Yoga can be practised even by a 3-5 year old child under proper guidance.’
Ultimately, as a way to experience the ‘Divinity already present in Human beings’, Kundalini seems a good way to begin the journey towards enjoying the divinity.