Kundalini yoga is not as well-known as other forms of yoga such as Hatha, nor as old, but there is a growing interest in it because of the interest in it as not just a good workout, but a way of transforming body, mind and spirit.
Yoga has been used as part of traditional Indian medicine for more than 5,000 years. Kundalini has been used for more than 1,200. It was developed in India with a specific goal in mind, to tap into the latent energy within us all. This is known as Kundalini, which means coiled. The energy is pictured as being coiled around the base of the spine. The coil also refers to your restrained potential, which Kundalini yoga can help unleash so you can live your best life.
The question of whether or not it works depends on your definition. In reference to being a great form of physical health, everyone in the yoga community would agree it can make you incredibly strong in a short period of time.
The word yoga means union, a union of body, mind and spirit. Ancient wisdom tells us that a healthy mind produces a healthy body, and vice versa. Kundalini is used to heal by balancing the energy centers in the body, the 7 chakras. Chakra means wheel. The energy spins like flat plates from the front of our bodies to the back. The poses, movement, meditation and chanting are designed to move the coiled energy up the central channel that connects the chakras to one another.
The lower chakras are all about physical needs, the higher chakras about improving our self and relationships with others, and tapping into greater wisdom so we can live our best life.
This may sound kind of spaced-out and New Age, but the sets of poses, or kriyas, have been shown to help with breathing problems, depression, anxiety, and more, enhancing mood, reducing stress, and helping people transform their lives in only a few short weeks.
Kundalini yoga works if you set your goal and then track it. For example, if you wish to lose weight, practice a kriya for weight loss every day for 41 days and check your weight again at the end of that time to see how many pounds you’ve lost. If you want to improve your relationships with your loved ones, try a kriya for opening the heart and see how much smoother your live becomes.
If you’ve been feeling stuck in your life, set a goal, try Kundalini yoga, and see what a difference it makes in your life.