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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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New Study Shows Link Between Meditation And Greater Focus

Supplementation, a healthy diet, and daily exercise are key, with recent studies showing that aerobic exercise also increases brain size.

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Pranayamic breathing is just one way to improve brain health.

Pranayamic breathing – an important part of yoga and meditation – has a unique ability to strengthen our focus and a new study by Trinity College Dublin has unlocked its secret. The researchers note that pranayamic breathing affects the levels of a natural chemical in the brain called noradrenaline. The latter is released when we are challenged, curious, focused, or emotionally excited. When present at the right levels, noradrenaline helps the brain grow new connections and helps us concentrate better on important tasks.

The old masters were on the right track

The researchers noted: “Practitioners of yoga have claimed for some 2,500 years, that respiration influences the mind. We looked for a neurophysiological link that could help explain these claims.” The researchers did so by measuring breathing, reaction time, and brain activity in a small area in the brainstem called the locus coeruleus, where noradrenaline is made. Noradrenaline is affected by stress; when we are worried or anxious we produce too much, and cannot concentrate. When we feel lazy, on the other hand, we produce too little and once again, focus is lost. One way to boost levels is through yoga; another method which can complement the latter is the consumption of medical grade focus supplements, which contain compounds such as octopamine (which has a similar effect to noradrenaline).

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Conversely, those with lower mindfulness ratings had greater activation of this part of the brain and also felt more pain. Pixabay

Pranayamic breathing aces the right balance

In the above study, researchers noted that brain activity in the part of the brain where noradrenaline is produced raises slightly when we inhale and drops slightly as we exhale. Thus, balance is achieved and we can focus on what we have set out to do. Pranayama not only boosts concentration but also produces “changes in arousal, attention, and emotional control that can be of great benefit to the meditator.”

What is Pranayamic breathing?

Pranayamic breathing involves controlling and extending breath, with a view to manipulating your vital energy, battling stress, and improving your mood. It is often used in meditation and yoga and interestingly, many yoga experts rank pranayama as even more important than asanas (the postures performed in a yoga session). In yogic tradition, breath is said to carry a person’s life force. Interestingly, scientific studies back this assertion to the extent that pranayamic breathing is able to boost brain function and change the actual structure of the brain. In recent studies, pranayamic breathing has been found to lower or stabilize blood pressure, lower stress, and reduce anxiety and depression.

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In order to comprehend better the Indian seers constructed the special “BOAT” – named Yoga/Meditation.

Implications of the study for aging

The researchers are excited that their findings could signal a way to prevent brain aging. They stated that if brains typically lose mass as we age, practices such as pranayamic breathing greatly reduce the rate of brain shrinkage, thus potentially helping keep dementia and related diseases at bay. Because keeping noradrenaline levels at an optimal level can help the brain grow new connections, meditation is an ideal activity to pursue.

Pranayamic breathing is just one way to improve brain health. Supplementation, a healthy diet, and daily exercise are key, with recent studies showing that aerobic exercise also increases brain size. To make the most of the effect of breathing on focus, consider joining a yoga class or learning the essence of pranayamic breathing online or through an app like Prana Breath or Universal Breathing.