Seekers of enlightenment and fellow Global Souls! Are you ready to embark on a journey that will not only stretch your body but also elevate your mind and spirit? Say helloooo to Kundalini Yoga – the ancient practice that’s like a spiritual espresso shot, awakening your inner energies and setting your soul afloat. Once I found this practice – I totally geeked out. Now, I not only practice it daily, but I teach it online in my home-based practice through a 40-Day Sadhana system. I also loooove educating people on the powerful benefits of this thousands of years old lineage.
I’ll be honest, from the outside looking in, it certainly looks strange – ok, maybe even downright weird lol, but once you dive into the incredible physical, physiological, energetic, emotional, mental, and spiritual benefits of Kundalini Yoga, you will understand why it is the cornerstone practice for so many people. This is just a glimpse at what an illuminating ride Kundalini Yoga is:
PHYSICAL BENEFITS: A YOGA WORKOUT LIKE NO OTHER
Kundalini Yoga isn’t what you might imagine as a typical yoga class, but we still use asana – postures – to access the transformative yogic experience. The postures used are intended to stimulate, stretch, pressurize, strengthen and awaken your entire system. Some postures feel deeply relaxing – stimulating a parasympathetic (rest and digest) response, while others will challenge you to your core and make you dig for your endurance and perseverance (that’s one of the parts I looove). Beware because these sneaky little postures sometimes appear to be quite simple and easy – until you are holding them for an extended period of time – and then BAM your perseverance and inner strength must kick in! As a result you’ll experience increased flexibility and mobility, toned muscles, strength, endurance and improved posture…and that is just the surface level stuff.
PHYSIOLOGICAL BLISS: BOOSTING YOUR INNER CHEMISTRY
As you progress through Kundalini Yoga postures and pranayama breathing exercises, you’ll ignite a biochemical orchestra within your body. You are a product of your glandular system – that is, the powerful and teeny endocrine organs positioned throughout your head, neck, chest and abdomen. These super organs work in response with the hypothalamus to determine how to regulate the nervous system, emotions, stress, rest, growth – you name it. As you exercise in this particular way it’s basically like asking them to work efficiently and release hormones that bring your physiology back into balance. Feel those endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin? They’re like your body’s very own cheerleaders, giving you a blissful boost and celebrating your journey to joy and wellbeing!
EMOTIONAL MASTERY: MOOD MAKEOVER IN MINUTES
If your emotions are a rollercoaster ride, Kundalini Yoga is the control panel you’ve been looking for. Not only due to the amazing hormonal balance you’ll receive (which is a huge contributor) – but also due to the way the practice is designed to poke at you – provoke you – and create a safe space to hold and observe your emotions. You will inevitably grow on a psycho-emotional level. As you gain awareness, practice patience, observe to understand and integrate compassion for what it is your emotional body is trying to teach you – you’ll learn to navigate through life’s ups and downs with more grace and resilience.
ENERGETIC SUPERCHARGE: UNLEASH THE SERPENT
Yoga aims to awaken the dormant “serpent” energy – Kundalini – coiled at the base of your spine. The positive pressure and stress applied to the physical body creates an electrical charge in the subtle energy body. Kundalini is an energy that, when awakened, will radiate the highest potential within you. This radiant light will rise or “slither” up your spine to unleash the purest version of YOU. Think of it as your inner superhero, unleashing a torrent of vitality and creativity…you’ll be buzzing with life!
MENTAL CLARITY: QUITE THE CHAOTIC MIND
One of the things I hear the most about yoga is “Oh, I can’t meditate…my mind won’t be still.” *insert Kundalini meditations here please* These specific postural practices prepare us for multi-faceted mediation techniques. The meditative tools of chanting, breathwork, mudras (hand gestures), movement and visualization tend to give both beginners and busy-minders something intentional on which to concentrate. In return, it actually helps you focus more deeply and reign in the incessant mental modifications. You will clear the mental clutter and sharpen your focus.
SPIRITUAL AWAKENING: NOURISH YOUR SOUL
Kundalini Yoga is one of the express elevators to your spiritual awakening. It is a tool to rekindle a weak or long-lost connection with God. You are a cosmic spirit on an earthly adventure. You will be deeply reminded that you are not alone – oh no, in fact, you are a part of a very big universe that wants to see you thrive. It helps us look at life from a higher perspective – one that aids us to see that we are a part of a big ole beautiful whole.
PURPOSE BOOST: REMEMBER YOUR UNIQUE CONTRIBUTION
While this practice in particular gives a really cool focus on being a part of a whole, not separate from, but ever connected to all of life; it simultaneously empowers us to own our uniqueness with total authority. As you heal past traumas and transform, you start to embody your dharma – soul’s purpose. Suddenly, you find yourself feeling more bold and determined to use your unique skills and talents to contribute selflessly to the world. Become more confident and willing to take leaps of faith based on fulfilling your unique purpose.