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Yoga opens doors to mystique in Kundalini


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.


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.

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Yoga Face-toning May Compete With Fillers, Face-lifts

"The jury is still out on whether or not facial yoga is effective in reversing the signs of aging," he said in an email.

Yoga face toning is an effective way of reducing the signs of ageing. VOA
  • Yoga face toning may take over botox and face lifting procedures.
  • 27 participants noted changes in their faces after weeks of this experiment.
  • It is still a matter of discussion if this method can reverse ageing or not.

In his toolbox of Botox, fillers and plastic surgery, cosmetic dermatologist Dr Murad Alam has added a new, low-cost, noninvasive anti-ageing treatment: facial yoga.

Dermatologists measured improvements in the appearance of the faces of a small group of middle-aged women after they did half an hour of daily face-toning exercises for eight weeks, followed by alternate-day exercises for another 12 weeks.

Facial exercises are healthier than surgeries. Pixabay
Facial exercises are healthier than surgeries. Pixabay

The results surprised lead author Alam, vice chair and professor of dermatology at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

“In fact, the results were stronger than I expected,” he said in a phone interview. “It’s really a win-win for patients.”

Participants included 27 women between 40 and 65, though only 16 completed the full course. It began with two 90-minute muscle-resistant facial exercise-training sessions led by co-author Gary Sikorski of Happy Face Yoga in Providence, Rhode Island.

Participants learned to perform cheek pushups and eye-bag removers, among other exercises. Then they practised at home.

Improvements noted

Dermatologists looking at unmarked before-and-after photos saw improvements in upper cheek and lower cheek fullness, and they estimated the average age of women who stuck with the program as significantly younger at the end than at the start.

Face yoga is a healthier substitute to surgical procedures. Pixabay
Face yoga is a healthier substitute for surgical procedures. Pixabay

The average estimated age dropped almost three years, from nearly 51 years to 48 years.

Participants also rated themselves as more satisfied with the appearance of their faces at the study’s end, Alam and colleagues reported in JAMA Dermatology.

“Now there is some evidence that facial exercises may improve facial appearance and reduce some visible signs of ageing,” Alam said. “Assuming the findings are confirmed in a larger study, individuals now have a low-cost, non-toxic way of looking younger or augmenting other cosmetic or anti-ageing treatments they may be seeking.”

The exercises enlarge and strengthen facial muscles to firm and tone the face, giving it a younger appearance, he said.

Happy Face sells instructional worksheets — promising smoother skin, firmed cheeks and raised eyelids — for $19.95. DVDs cost $24.95.

Some skepticism

But not all dermatologists are rushing to promote the videos or the exercises.

Dr John Chi, a plastic surgeon and professor at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, said the study raises more questions than it answers.

“The jury is still out on whether or not facial yoga is effective in reversing the signs of ageing,” he said in an email.

Chi, who was not involved with the study, said he would recommend facial yoga to patients who found it relaxing and enjoyable but not for the purpose of facial rejuvenation.

“While the premise of facial exercises to improve the facial appearance or reverse signs of ageing is an appealing one, there is little evidence to suggest that there is any benefit in this regard,” he said.

Chi said facial yoga had not been rigorously examined in peer-reviewed scientific studies. Asked whether procedures such as face-lifts, Botox and fillers had been rigorously examined in peer-reviewed studies, he replied: “Great question. Attempts to do so have been made in the scientific literature with variable levels of scientific rigour.”

Alam agrees that his study raises additional research questions, such as whether the exercises would work for men and how much time people need to commit to doing the exercises for them to be optimally effective. He would like to see a larger study. VOA