The term kundalini is used to refer to the vital force or energy that we all hold within us. Often called the “sleeping goddess” or “serpent power”, it is represented as a serpent coiled around the first chakra or root chakra at the base of the spine.
How does Kundalini energy connect with your chakras?
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 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. Learn more about kundalini and the chakras
What happens when Kundalini awakens?
Considered a form of spiritual energy, raising Kundalini requires one be firmly disciplined in both mind and body in order to be properly prepared to embrace the responsibility that comes with Kundalini awakening. The phrase “Kundalini awakening” essentially refers to the discovery and “awakening” of inner knowledge. More about Kundalini awakening
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What are the symptoms of a kundalini awakening?
Awakening Kundalini shakti can thrust you into a whirlwind of attempting to make sense of what you’re experiencing. Some people are unable to cope. Find out more about the symptoms of a rise in this raw energy, also called “kundalini syndrome“.
Using Yoga to activate kundalini
When one or more of the chakras become blocked, physical and mental ailments can arise. Enters Kundalini yoga, a yoga practice that is specifically designed to activate and balance your energy.
Why is Kundalini called the “serpent power”?
Traditionally, the image of the kundalini serpent is used to represent this source of raw energy. The “serpent power” is cultivated through different types of yoga and meditations that wrap an aura of secret and esoterism around this natural phenomenon.
The Kundalini experience: From ancient wisdom to today’s lifestyle
Put simply, the energy of kundalini is known for its transformative power in the process of self development and spiritual development. In the Hindu tradition where these concepts as we currently know them come from, kundalini awakening is both a process and an objective for spiritual development. It leads to the union of personal consciousness and cosmic and divine consciousness.
The notion of Kundalini is thus often described differently from one text or tradition to another and appears opaque for the beginners and advanced practioners alike. Let’s add the content lost in translation from ancient texts, as well as cultural differences and we end up with an idea wrapped in mystery and personal stories as fascinating as sometimes frightening.
Nevertheless, it’s important to bear in mind that this vital force is a natural phenomenon participating in our development in various degrees depending on our predispositions at birth, preparatory work and practices, as well as our life circumstances.
Kundalini energy and the nervous system
When kundalini energy is activating, it propagates along the spine through a central channel called “sushumna nadi”. Sushumna is described as a channel located along the spine though which the energy climbs from chakra to chakra, all the way up to the crown or top of the head. There are a lot of parallels between our physiology and the way kundalini energy works.
We can compare the sushumna channel with the central nervous system. The function of this channel is to connect the flow of energy from the first to the last chakra. Similarly, the function of the central nervous system, located in big part along the spine, is to transmit the signal between the brain and the rest of the body.
Lizzy is editor in chief of Chakra Magazine and chakras.info. She is trained in several energy healing modalities including Reiki and Healing Touch. In addition she has spent many years studying ancient traditions such as the chakra system and Tibetan spirituality. She merges this knowledge with her passion for sharing information through journalism. Her mission is to offer accurate, up-to-date, reliable resources about topics that matter to readers with regards to the chakra systems.
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