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By Akash Shukla

Meaning is paramount to everything we do! Not only in pursuit of material things but a desire to understand is evident in everything that an individual ventures for. Yoga is one such endeavour that opens covert doors to countless multiple secrets.

The topmost among the lot is Kundalini. In the contemporary context, Kundalini is understood and believed to be unconscious, instinctive or libidinal force. It is also considered to be the ‘mother energy or intelligence of complete maturation’. 

How is Kundalini yoga different from its various other counterparts?

While Ananda Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Integral Yoga, Ishta Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Jivamukti Yoga, Kali Ray TriYoga, Kripalu Yoga, Power Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Sivananda Yoga, Svaroopa Yoga, Viniyoga, Vinyasa, White Lotus Yoga, and Yin Yoga share common strands of wellness and well being, Kundalini Yoga gallops beyond–  it focuses on awakening the energy dormant in spine.

Though individuals foray into Kundalini yoga for different reasons, yet the most prominent among all those is the activation of chakras for all and sundry.

Believed to be inherent in spine, these chakras are Mooladhara chakra, Swadishthan chakra, Nabhi chakra, The Void, Anahat chakra (Heart chakra), Vishuddhi chakra, Agnya chakra, and Sahasrara chakra.

Mooladhara chakra

Symbolic of Innocence and Purity, the first chakra is situated below the sacrum bone in which resides the Kundalini. The activation of this chakra leads to experience of pure, childlike joy sans prejudices. Also known as the chakra of simplicity, it brings along inner wisdom inherent in little children. Normally, this quality is shrouded by modern lifestyle. However, this quality has a permanent manifestation in us and it rekindles with the rise of Kundalini.      

Swadishthan chakra

Speaking of Creativity and Pure Attention, the second chakra is symbolic of pure knowledge. Through yogic feat, this chakra connects us to inspiration within and opens us to beauteous experience around us.

On the physical level, this chakra’s energy protects our liver, kidneys, and the lower abdomen. Every time we brood over something, the energy from this center is depleted and the body becomes vulnerable to diseases like diabetes or blood cancer. Thankfully, Kundalini yoga strikes a balance and smoothes all odds.

Nabhi chakra

Bringing along a sense of generosity and contentment, the third chakra’s energy revolves around peace and its activation through yogic moves eases stress to a large extent.

The Void

Besieging the second and the third chakras is ‘the Void’ and it speaks of self-mastery. Several traditions call it ‘ocean of illusions’ and crossing it requires a mentor. When the yogic feat in Kundalini achieves this state, this spiritual guide is established within. The craving for an extrtenal mentor or guide is neutralised as you become your own guru and here is the spot in yoga when you gain power to cure your problems through Kundalini. This chakra neutralizes laxity and gross attachments.

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Anahat chakra

Anahat or the Heart chakra is the ‘seat of spirit’. This fourth chakra, is so pure that it is unaffected by anything. It is barely a beholder or a diamond within that has witnessed all deeds and actions. The yogic feat at this level takes the practitioner to a point in self where misidentification is snubbed and ego is neutralised. The sense of true nature and self comes to the fore.

Spirituality and tantra apart, when an individual targets this chakra in yogic manoeuvres, he/she steps up heart and lung protection.

Vishuddhi chakra

Underpinning Diplomacy and Playful Detachment, Vishuddhi chakra highlights diplomacy and playful detachment. Practicing yoga at this precipice frees an individual of remorse and removes guilt. Most importantly, the tendencies to dominate others and the sense of inferiority and superiority go out when Kundalini yog feeds Vishuddhi chakra.

Agnya chakra

Highlighting Forgiveness and Compassion, the sixth chakra brings about forgiveness and compassion. It triggers the emotion to release and eject anger and resentment in order to discover the spirit’s humility, generosity and nobility.

Roving eyes and succumbing to impurity dents this chakra and apart from Kundalini yoga, it can be provided with a second booster through sky watching and nature relishing.

Sahasrara chakra

Symbolic of Integration, this seventh chakra intertwines and integrates all chakras and brings together their respective qualities as a whole. In Kundalini yog, it is the last milestone of human awareness. This chakra enables us to witness direct and absolute perception of Reality on our central nervous system.

The chakra decoding is too complex for a single discourse. However, a powerful practitioner of Kundalini yog is aware that it is not a practice at mental level but it is essentially a part of experiential learning about the material world and striking an unmatched relation with its help.

The practice continues to grow beyond 75 countries and decoding Kundalini’s mysticism continues to rule the roost.

Following are the links to dive deeper into spirituality:

http://www.newsgram.com/kshetra-jna-working-of-nature-and-consciousness-as-per-vedic-thought/

http://www.newsgram.com/bhagavad-gita-from-despondency-to-yoga/

http://www.newsgram.com/gorakshanatha-the-siddha-yogi-who-spread-yoga-in-all-four-directions/

http://www.newsgram.com/karma-yoga-the-concept-of-work-and-duty-as-defined-by-swami-vivekananda/

http://www.newsgram.com/rajan-zed-criticizes-ban-on-yoga-in-los-angeles-parks-and-beaches/

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Bollywood Celebs Shares Their Views: International Yoga Day

Here's what the celebrities had to say

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Bollywood Celebs Shares Their Views: International Yoga Day
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From veterans like Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini to mothers Shilpa Shetty Kundra and Soha Ali Khan — Bollywood celebrities, for whom fitness is a way of life — posted yoga poses and spoke about its benefits on the occasion of International Yoga Day on Thursday.

While Amitabh Bachchan shared an old image of himself performing a yogasana on Twitter, Hema took the opportunity to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for spreading awareness about it “not only in India but in all the countries he has visited in the world”.

Here’s what the celebrities had to say:

Amitabh Bachchan: Greetings… but the attire for yoga is not ideal, that was a still from the Gujarat Tourism campaign.

Amitabh Bacchan
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Hema Malini: Today is International Yoga Day — a celebration of the world wide interest in our own yogasanas. Thanks to our PM who has spread awareness not only in India but in all the countries he hs visited in the world! I request all of you to spend a little time on your bodies to keep fit. I do!

Shilpa Shetty: Pranayama: Prana means life (no life without breath), Ayama means practice or control. So, when you practice control over breath you will have control over your life and mind. It not only cleanses 72000 nadis or channels, your mind and blood, but that cleansing process translates into energy..

Shakti. This power helps you positively manifest your Aura, relationships, self awareness and goals. This International Yoga day start with Pranayama. Welcome the new you. Inhale the future, exhale the past. Enjoy the present. A big thank you to Narendra Modiji who leads and inspires by example and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore for keeping the momentum going so passionately ‘hum fit toh India fit’.

Sandhya Mridul: Smile. Everyday. Best asana of all! Happy Yoga Day people.

Rajeev Khandelwal: The world follows it… we created it.. let’s own it!

Milind Soman: My contribution to the 1,00,000 Suryanamaskaaras that the people at Be Cure Fit are targeting today on International Yoga Day. I feel stronger and more flexible with yoga and it’s never too late to start.

Soha Ali Khan
Soha Ali Khan, flickr

Soha Ali Khan: Why I’ll always pick yoga over the latest fitness fad.

Nimrat Kaur: Place we shall ever have to live in. Keep it safe and beaming! Way of life. Born again.

Also read: Yoga a Boon for Breast Cancer Survivors

Mugdha Veira Godse: Union of body and mind! Happy International Yoga Day. Today is the day to start a brand new fitness routine. (IANS)