Kundalini Yoga Exercises

(August 17, 2008)

I've started practicing kundalini yoga for reducing my body weight. I came to know about kundalini syndrome. I'm scared. Shall I continue doing kundalini yoga exercise for better health?

Kundalini in English means serpent power. It is a part of the body along with the chakras called as energy centers and the nadis called the channels. Kundalini yoga involves physical and meditative disciplines that use the mind, senses and the body to create communication between the mind and the body.It involves growth of psychological and spiritual aspects and considers the spine and the endrocrine system for understanding yogic awakening. Kundalini is the concentrated form of prana or life force that lay dormant in the chakras of the body.

Kundalini yoga is necessary for awakening the chakras in the body that are present in unlimited forms in the body. This energy or chakra can be enhanced by performing certain methods like austerities, breathing, chanting and visualization. This energy can rise unto the channels at the spine to the head thus leading to psychological illumination. There are seven chakras that are considered the energy centers from the base of the spine to top of the head. Kundalini yoga involves movement of energy through the chakra system and stimulates energy from the lower chakra to the next chakra. The eight chakra is called an aura. The aura needs to be strengthened due to Kundalini yoga.

Kundalini yoga consists of angle and triangle poses that can cause glandular secretion. Breathing exercise and the use of locks to direct the flow of energy to higher centers, hand postures, mantras or chanting and concentration of the mind are the practices carried out in Kundalini yoga.

Kundalini syndrome is a set of motor, sensory and mental symptoms that occur when the person have approaching the death experience or are involved in intensive meditation or yoga. The symptoms involve rushing of heat in the body, rapid heart beat, tickling sensation in the lower back, heat and cold sensation in the body, experience of inner lights or sounds, slowing and speeding of thoughts, fear, anxiety and feeling of being larger than the body. It also involves headache, depression, gastrointestinal problems, depersonalization and frequent arousal of sex syndrome. This syndrome is said to occur due to prolonged and intensive practice, meditation and yoga. This syndrome does not occur instantly. It takes time for the symptoms to grow. Hence intensive practice of Kundalini needs to be checked. The duration and the period of the Kundalini yoga that needs to be done is not ascertained. However the practice of Kundalini yoga needs to be done with the help of an expert.

Submitted by R J on August 17, 2008 at 11:09

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