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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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