Kundalini and the Chakras
According to eastern religious and spiritual practices, Kundalini is the energy of the soul and resides within one of seven chakras, or energy centers, that stretch from the base of the spine to the top of one’s head. Depicted as a coiled serpent, Kundalini energy is located at the base of the spine.
Chakras in the Human Body
Stretching from the base of the spine to the top of the head are seven chakras, or energy centers. Depicted as “wheels” of energy that are constantly in motion, the chakras govern the overall functions of the human body, from our organs to our emotions.
The root chakra plays an important role when dealing with Kundalini energy. Kundalini is the raw energy that resides within the root chakra, also known as the Muladhara chakra. Frequently depicted as a serpent, Kundalini is associated with the maternal/feminine energy known as Shakti.
As you initially raise Kundalini energy through life experience, meditation, and yoga, you become more sensitive to vibrational energy. With this increased perception, your overall understanding about life deepens. Gaining experience and knowledge feeds Kundalini Shakti, or maternal energy. It’s a progressive relationship that takes time and patience.
Think about a subject that really caught your interest when you were young. Maybe it was science or history. Whatever the case, remember how you simply couldn’t get enough? Once you learned a little about it, you wanted to know everything about the topic? The same type of seemingly insatiable curiosity applies to clarity here.
With knowledge comes clarity, and with clarity comes awakening. When kundalini energy rises and activates the all the energy centers, it results in what is called a kundalini awakening.
Kundalini and the Chakras
Anytime you build energy, it needs a direction or release. For Kundalini, the direction is up.
Imagine the chakra system as existing on a single electrical circuit that runs lengthwise up the spine with lights at the location of each of the chakras. As Kundalini Shakti rises and travels up the spinal column, it passes through each of the chakras on its way giving each a boost, so to speak, and making it light up.
- aches and pains
- intense (sometimes unpredictable) emotional release
- excited, uncontrollable vocalization
- sensations of heat and burning from within
These manifestations are simply the body’s way of purging all the energetic “junk” that it has collected over the years.
When Kundalini energy reaches the crown chakra, also known as the Sahasrara chakra — home of masculine energy (Shiva) and pure consciousness — the energy circuit is complete. It is the unification of the Kundalini Shakti and Shiva energies that initiates the union of one’s consciousness with that of the Divine — achieving Enlightenment.
Kundalini Yoga and the Chakras
So what does energy and chakras have to do with Kundalini Yoga? It is about balance. When each of the body’s chakras are aligned (or in harmony) the body is able to function at its highest potential. However, when one or more of the chakras become blocked, physical and mental ailments can arise. Enter Kundalini meditation and yoga.
In order for Kundalini to rise, the chakra path must be clear of debris — meaning there can be no imbalance of energy whatsoever.
To clear blockages and promote chakra healing ahead of raising Kundalini, consider incorporating Kundalini yoga poses that promote chakra cleansing, including crow, frog, camel, and cobra.
Just remember that yoga poses for chakra healing are not independent. When you work on one chakra, you affect all chakras because, after all, they’re connected.