Yoga is an ancient art and science dealing with the alteration
and expansion of consciousness, the awakening and raising of Kundalini
Energy up the spine through energy centers called Chakras,
activating them. This is accomplished by the mixing and uniting
(cosmic energy) with Apana
(eliminating energy) which generates pressure to force Kundalini
to rise, by means of Pranayama
(breathing exercises), Bhandas
(body locks), in Kriyas
(exercise sets), using Asanas
(gestures), and Mantras
Yoga sets and Meditations
also use Visualization,
Projection and Focused Attention to attain specific effects.
the practice of Kundalini Yoga, an individual can unite his consciousness
with Cosmic Consciousness on a regular basis by carefully performing
the exercises and meditations in specific sequence and combination.
A student soon becomes adept at perceiving the movement of energy
within and outside of his body, and consciously begins to direct
its flow to stimulate and awaken the chakras, for healing himself
and others, and clearly becomes a co-creator with God.
to a Heart Centered World - Guru Rattana, Ph.D.)
powerful storehouse of psychic energy, sometimes called Shakti,
symbolized as a coiled, sleeping serpent at the base of the spine
("Kundal" means 'curl'). Once awakened it uncoils and
ascends through the spinal column (in the psychic channel, Sushumana)
to the Sahasrara (the masculine Crown
Chakra) at the top of the head, and triggers a transcendent
spiritual state. Repeated experiences produce enlightenment.
is the basic life force of consciousness in the air we breathe
and the food we eat, assimilated effortlessly, and Kundalini yoga
practice enhances its absorption. Apana is the elimating
energy stored in the lower chakras. When it is raised and united
with Prana (by breath retention & body contractions or locks),
psychic heat is generated which raises Kundalini through the chakras.
A series of one
or more exercises or postures in combination with pranayama, locks,
chanting, visualization, projection, etc., in specific sequence
designed to produce specific effects. Kundalini Yoga kriyas
are centuries old. The total effect of a kriya is greater than
the sum of its parts. 'Kriya' literally means 'work' or 'action'.
A pose or posture
designed to stimulate glands, organs or body awareness, and to
quiet the mind for meditation. Asanas often apply pressure on
nerves or accupressure points, reflexing to the brain and body
for certain effects.
A gesture or
position, usually of the hands, that locks and guides energy flow
and reflexes to the brain. By curling, crossing, stretching and
touching the fingers and hands, we can talk to the body and mind,
as each area of the hand reflexes to a certain part of the mind
Body locks or
muscular contractions applied for the retention and channelling
In the body,
centers of exchange between the psychic and physical dimensions.
Like transformers, then change subtle prana into physical energy
flowing through a system of 'nadis' (psychic channels like the
meridian system of Oriental medicine). Chakras are energy vortexes
perceived as spinning discs of light ('chakra' means wheel) situated
along the spine.
A mantra is a
syllable, word or phrase in one of the sacred languages (like
Sanskrit & Gurmukhi) or sometimes in English, which elevates
or modifies consciousness through its meaning, the sound itself,
rhythm, tone, and even the reflexology or the tongue on the palate.
Mantra is "The Yoga of the Mind".
channel and direct the flow of prana and alter consciousness.
of the rational, reasoning, dualistic egotistical mind to allow
the neutral mind to focus awareness on inner reality beyond intellectual
concepts, and on outer reality beyond physical, earthly objects.
Meditation uses many techniques to achieve this purpose, and produces
a calm, sensitiveless emotional, alert, intuitive, effective,
efficient and self-controlled personality, and an enhanced sense
of being and consciousness. Consistent meditation promotes inner
peace, happiness and life in higher consciousness.
in the practice of Kundalini Yoga are Focus (we may be
asked to gaze at the nose, focus on the spine, a chakra, the breath,
a mantra, physical functions or on something outside of the body),
Visualization (of energy movement, magnetic fields, thought
forms, astral bodies, ether, light, color, etc.,) and Projections
of Consciousness out into the Universe. These practices develop
awareness of the mobility of consciousness, the ability to hold
several things in the mind at once and to direct energy movements
empowering our sense of dominion and potential impact on the world.