Monday, May 17, 2010

Questions about Kundalini Yoga

What can I accomplish with Kundalini?

With Kundalini Yoga you can build a healthy body, develop a balanced mind, and experience your innate inner wisdom. With a committed practice you gain the vitality and health to be radiant, peaceful and strong so that you can meet life's challenges with grace. It is a potent and effective system of self-transformation and personal development.

What if I get tired or can’t keep up?

Kundalini Yoga is non-competitive. Do what you can, rest when you need and simply imagine you are doing the exercise.
If you can’t keep up come back to these concepts:-
• Keep your eyes closed
• Keep your pelvis tucked under, chin tucked slightly in and elongate your spine
• Breath in and out through your nose unless otherwise instructed
• Focus on your third eye point (between your eyebrows)
• Mentally chant Sat (on the inhale) and Nam (on the exhale) – meaning "I am Truth".

What is meditation?

Just as we get up in the morning and take a shower to wash and cleanse our bodies, we meditate to refresh and cleanse our mind. Our minds release 1000 thoughts in a wink of an eye. Some of these thoughts get lost in the unconscious and some get stuck in the subconscious and affect the conscious mind. These thoughts become feelings, emotions, desires, fantasies or multi-realities. Instead of mastering our mind, often our mind rules us.

Meditation allows your mind to release negative thoughts from the subconscious, freeing you from unhelpful patterns. This results in clarity and sharpness of mind, enabling you to function more effectively on all levels.

Is chanting necessary?

When you chant you hit the tongue against the roof of the mouth, stimulating the 84 meridian points located on the palate. These are connected to the hypothalamus and pituitary gland in the brain. The hypothalamus controls many body processes including temperature, thyroid function, hunger and thirst response and sleep. The pituitary gland is known as the master gland and regulates mood and emotional behaviour. Therefore chanting can really change the way you feel.

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