Is Kriya Yoga good for you

Activate the energy of the coiled snake with Kundalini Yoga: This is how yoga helps you to awaken hidden potential

While the well-known Hatha Yoga mainly consists of physical exercises, Kundalini Yoga allows you to go deeper. It is not without reason that this type of yoga is also known as “yoga of awareness”. Kundalini Yoga should help you to live more mindfully and to develop unused potential. For this you use the Kundalini energy, a life force dormant in you, which is activated by certain sequences of exercises, the so-called Kriyas.

With Kundalini Yoga you initiate a process that enables you to deal with yourself more consciously. Those who practice this form of yoga for a long time will experience a harmonious coexistence of body and mind and will also approach their fellow human beings with greater acceptance and tolerance.

Kundalini Yoga awakens the hidden serpentine power

Kundalini Yoga is shaped by the Sikh religion from India. Influences from Hinduism and the Tantric tradition can also be found in the form of this type of yoga that is widespread today.

According to ancient Indian teachings, the power of Kundalini resides in every person. She rests curled up like a snake at the bottom of her spine. If the Kundalini energy is activated through certain exercises, it rises and in this way penetrates several energy centers, the so-called chakras. If the Kundalini reaches the uppermost chakra, this should give the person a great feeling of happiness. One speaks of a state of enlightenment.

Kundalini Yoga came to the West at the end of the sixties and is now enjoying great popularity in Germany as well. Yogi Bhajan was responsible for the worldwide distribution, who first made the originally secret teaching known in the USA. According to him, it is the basic right of every human being to be happy, healthy and holy or holistic and to reach his highest potential. Today around one million people practice Kundalini Yoga, and the number is rising.

The difference between Kundalini Yoga and Hatha Yoga

If you also want to try Kundalini Yoga, you will notice some differences to classic Hatha Yoga. Kundalini Yoga is less about individual, delimited exercises - instead the focus is on flowing, dynamic sequences of movements in a fixed sequence. The breath is guided very consciously during all exercises. There are also meditation and concentration exercises - Kundalini Yoga cannot be practiced “just like that” between the door and the hinge, you have to get involved in this yoga style holistically.

Nevertheless, even as a beginner you can dare to do Kundalini Yoga without any problems. In contrast to Hatha Yoga, you will not go into extreme positions such as the head or shoulder stand. Aids such as pillows, ribbons or chairs in Iyengar Yoga are also not used here. Because it is physically not as extreme as with some other types of yoga, Kundalini Yoga is also suitable for pregnant women.

This is how a Kundalini session works

For Kundalini Yoga you have to have patience and time, because a session can take two hours. In return, the duration of a Kundalini session allows you to completely withdraw from everyday life and to focus entirely on yourself.

A typical session can look like this: First you get into the mood together, for example by chanting the mantra “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo” (translated as “I greet the cosmic, creative energy and the sublime path to light”). Then, under the careful guidance of the yoga teacher, a series of exercises, a so-called kriya, is carried out.

A kriya also contains asanas, the postures known from hatha yoga. In addition, Kundalini Yoga also includes breathing exercises (pranayama), sung mantras and so-called mudras (certain hand postures). These elements continue the asanas on a different, non-physical level. At the end of the Kundalini hour there is a phase of deep relaxation and finally a short meditation.

Why is Kundalini Yoga good for you?

It is not for nothing that Kundalini Yoga is enjoying increasing popularity worldwide. This type of yoga helps you to live more consciously and mindfully. Kundalini Yoga can make you feel more alert and alive. You are able to concentrate on being in the moment and face everyday life with a more relaxed and strong nerves.

Once the Kundalini life energy dormant in you is activated, undreamt-of potentials can unfold. Many people report not only of a generally improved mood, but also that their posture, stamina and concentration have also been strengthened through Kundalini Yoga.