If there's one thing that has helped me clear my energy blocks, get un-stuck and generally transform my life, it's Kundalini yoga
. Have I done a certified training in this practice, dedicated two-and-a-half-hours a day to it, chant, worn a white turban and long flowing clothing? Gosh, no.
And nor do you need to, to unlock your flow, tap into your infinite potential and start feeling the lightness-of-being benefits of this particular type of yoga.
So what exactly is Kundalini yoga?
Kundalini yoga has been practiced for thousands of years in the East and was brought to the West in 1969 by Yogi Bhajan. It began gaining visibility in the 1990s when Bhajan began teaching the Aquarian Sādhanā, “to help us householders thrive and remain balanced in a world with ever-increasing information, technology, and sources of stress and pressure,” Original Light, The Morning Practice of Kundalini Yoga
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Kundalini is said to be the energy of our soul, and refers to the creative and spiritual energy that sits coiled at the base of our spine. Believe it or not, we all have it. Imagine it as a coiled serpent lying asleep at the base of your spine, waiting to be tapped into. Kundalini yoga is what will do it.
How does Kundalini yoga work?
Kundalini Yoga is a practice of different “kriyas” which are a specific sets of exercises that work through our chakras to strengthen the nervous system, activate the glandular system, purify the body, and calm the mind. When the energies of our glandular and nervous system combine in this way it is said to create a movement or flow in the spinal fluid that we can feel “rising” up through our bodies.
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Ok, I know, this is still sounding a little out there
. So let me try to describe what goes down for me in just one less-than-30 minutes online class with one of my favorite Kundalini teachers: Gloria Latham
, who is a Lululemon Global Ambassador, and founder of Semperviva Yoga Studios.
Here's what you can expect in a Kundalini yoga class:
In between short chants, breath-work and sets of physical exercises that have the knack of swinging, swaying and shaking what I refer to as the “oo-ghies” (any pent-up crapola I’m currently feeling) right out of my system, Latham gently but consistently asks questions like, “What are your dreams and goals? Who do you want to be?” She directs you to drop your stories of why you can’t, to breathe the fear right out of your body, and to move towards trusting that you have everything you need inside you. She encourages you to be doing something every day to move you toward your dreams, while declaring that the trembling and burning you feel in the pit of your belly while raising your legs, arms, head and shoulders off the floor for what feels like forever, is the same fire in your belly that will have you take action on your dreams.
During her classes I feel tension evaporate, stuck-ness dissipate and a lightness and clarity of mind descend. My intuition awakens and I feel a peaceful yet kick-butt energy of possibility and in flow with what is.
Want to feel into your own version of this bliss and the opportunity to rapidly transform your life too?
You can find Gloria Latham’s streaming Kundalini videos on Gaia.com
“When you go out and live your dream you give permission to others to go out and live theirs.”
~ Gloria Latham
So what are you waiting for?
Emma Bathie is a Soul Happiness Coach. Learn more about her work and how to create more of life's meaning and magic here.
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