What is Shakti Path/Kundalini Yoga
Shakti/Kundalini is a reservoir of energy or prana residing at the base of the spine, mythically symbolized as a coiled snake or serpent, which is dormant in most people. Through the practice of Kundalini Yoga this source can be activated and drawn up through the spinal cord, energizing each of the seven energy centers or chakras.
During this process, blocks and resistances are overcome, and your energy is raised to higher frequencies, opening your awareness to expanded realities.
The goal of Kundalini yoga is to create a conscious connection with the Divine – a union between physical reality and god-consciousness, universal energies and the soul, the finite and the infinite, which can be achieved when this energy reaches the crown chakra at the top of the head.
Kundalini Yoga is dynamic in its practice, expansive in practical information and powerful in its experience. It incorporates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of yoga into a understandable and integrated system. It focuses on breathing, meditation, hand positions or mudras, chanting or mantra, and spirituality.
It is based on kriyas, which are systematic or specially formulated sets of movemnts, mostly angular, not just mechanical poses. The benefits of kriyas are considerably greater than doing random postures - Kriya's are much more precise, and allows you to target specific benefits and work on exactly those aspects of yourself that need work at the current time. Some of the sequences can be very intense and physically demanding. However there are many less-demanding but equally effective exercises suitable both for beginners and for others who, by reason of physiology, age or disability may need to follow a more moderate and less intense form of practice.
It is the ideal form of yoga for people who want both an immediate feel good effect and also the long term benefits of enjoying a relaxed and uplifted consciousness. It is both safe and effective and can be practiced by almost anyone, no matter their age, fitness level, occupation and experience. Regular practice can greatly reduce the time to spiritual awakening.
Regular Practice and Its Rewards
Practice can be addictive – once the effects and benefits are experienced, then the student wants more, so the practice becomes largely self-sustaining. The key is to do it gradually, listen to your body, stop when it tells you, but above all, persevere. The student of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation soon becomes adept at perceiving the movement of energy within and outside of his/her body, and with this awareness, consciously begins to direct and optimize its flow.
Many new students report immediate benefits – some find they have a more comfortable back and spine – some feel more relaxed and better able to handle stress – some find they have a more positive sense of self and well being. Some report all three and more. The rewards from regular practice can be profound: mind, body, emotions and spirit are positively affected and uplifted. Kundalini Yoga is not a religion, but it provides a firm inner foundation for a spiritual life, no matter which religion, if any, you may choose to practice.
You will discover how to unleash and strengthen the mental, physical self.
To understand the practice of Kundalini Yoga better, we have put together some basic's that you will come to know and love. Explore and learn more about the benefits and the fundamentals. Also for video tutorials visit the Video section on the tool bar