Moving right along in the different types of yoga we come to another favorite study of mine, Kundalini Yoga. Kundalini yoga dates back over 5,000 years, in short, Kundalini yoga is the “yoga of awareness”.
The Upanishads or “the sacred scriptures” of Hinduism date back to the fifth century B.C. and they mention a description of Kundalini but there are conversations of this type of yoga dating back even further.Kundalini was observed by psychiatrist Carl Jung in 1932 and later brought into the US in 1968 by Yogi Bhajan who founded the “Healthy, Happy, Holy Orgainization,(3HO)” as a teaching organization.
When we endeavor upon Kundalini we first learn that the sole purpose of this type of practice is to awaken your higher self. The masters believed that Kundalini is an energy center for your creative awareness.
Kundalini was first practiced in what is now India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran. The early practitioners taught that if you cultivate your inner stillness you will prosper in life.
Perhaps one of the most interestingly named styles pulled from Sanskrit Kundalini literally means “coiled snake”. The belief is that your divine energy is stored deeply at the base of your spine and by practicing this yoga you will awaken your higher self and turn all of that energy into kinetic energy.
When we previously studied the Chakras at JYL we were, in fact, practicing Kundalini. There are Mantras also which correlate directly to Kundalini. One of my favorite Mantras is “Adi Shakti Mantra”. This mantra is practiced mainly in the morning but of course, depending on your set schedule you can do it at any time, there are no set rules in practicing.
Recently we encountered Hurricane Matthew here in Florida. We happen to own a house in Volusia County, Florida where we sat through the storm. Volusia county although not hurt nearly as bad as the Carolina’s was one of the hardest hit parts of Florida in terms of damages. It is 3 weeks today since that hurricane has passed and we are still picking up the pieces of everything. When one goes through the storms of life they can choose to deal with the experience in one of two ways. They can either rely on their inner strength to overcome and continue onward, or they can wallow in self-pity and irritability because life tossed them a hardball.
When one goes through the storms of life they can choose to deal with the experience in one of two ways. They can either rely on their inner strength to overcome and continue onward, or they can wallow in self-pity and irritability because life tossed them a hard ball. If there is one thing I took away from going through this storm locally it is that my training both in my Christian belief system and my yoga studies has come to hold my hand during the tossing of the hardball. I have also observed as I interact and see others in the community and listened to them. I heard a lot of negativity and blame and frustration. Unfortunately, these people are really are lost, confused and angry on both the inside and the outside when things don’t go as planned. I wanted to say “Hey people, we did not get the worst of it, what are you complaining about?” but I just listened and observed because sometimes that is the best course of action. Later as the weeks went on that is when I realized that my work is a life journey as I have to continue to get the message out and help others. For me the ups and downs that I witnessed and experienced surely gave me more of a purpose, isn’t that awesome?
Kundalini can calm irritability and offer an inner awareness and peace unlike nothing else on such a physical and spiritual level. I welcome everyone to try this Mantra as part of learning on your journey.
Adi Shakti Mantra
Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Namo Namo
Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Namo Namo
Pritham Bhagvati, Pritham Bhagvati, Pritham Bhagvati, Namo Namo
Kundalini Mata Shakti, Mata Shakti, Namo Namo
I bow to the primal power.
I bow to the all-encompassing power and energy.
I bow to that through which God creates.
I bow to the creative power of
the Kundalini, the Divine Mother Power.
First force of all creation, to You I bow
Divine force, everywhere, to You I bow
Creative force, primal force, to You I bow
Rising up, Divine Mother, to You I bow
Here is a great video to follow do 11 minutes to start and go from there: