In a period of time where uncertainty and stress seem to rule our nervous system, most of us are seeking a vessel that allows us to turn inward and find a sense of calm. Enter Kundalini Yoga. Kundalini was first introduced to the Western world in the 70s by Yogi Bhajan. The practice is a perfect harmony of Bhakti yoga (a practice of devotion and chanting), Raja yoga (a practice of mediation/mental and physical control) and Shakti yoga (an expression of power and energy).
Derived from the Sanskrit word “kundal”, Kundalini focuses on “coiled energy.” The concept is that there is congested energy at the base of the spine. In the Kundalini practice, energy rises through the seven chakras and escapes through the crown of the head. As Yogi Bhajan states, “like a snake, you will need to shed old skins to be more of who you are.” Ultimately, Kundalini is a beautiful practice to unblock your chakras and let your vital energy run free.
In case you are looking for specifics, let’s discuss some of our favorite Kundalini benefits:
- Reduces stress by strengthening your nervous system and giving the feeling of total relaxation (yes please!)
- Develops an inner guidance. Kundalini helps enhance your conscious mind and find alignment with your thoughts and feelings. Through this, your intuition speaks up.
- Lowers blood pressure & heart rate with Kundalini’s long and slow breaths to calm your autonomic nervous system
- Builds strength through the practice’s long holds in postures and shapes. Even in the intense breathing techniques (like Breath of Fire), you are required to engage the abdominal muscles through exhalation, ultimately building core strength.
I hope this gives you the encouragement you need to try this special practice. We hope to see you at ESO’s NEW Kundalini offerings.
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Thanks Abbie! Can’t wait to take the intro class with Maria this week!