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Kundalini Yoga Saved Me

How Kundalini Yoga Saved Me

I’ve tried all kinds of yoga in all kinds of places; flow yoga, hot yoga, yoga outside, Iyengar, Hatha, Ashtanga, Arco. But there’s only one type of yoga experience that’s opened my heart allowing me to hear what it says…

Kundalini Yoga.

What is Kundalini Yoga?

Here is a great definition I found at Kundalini Yoga:

The Fundamentals of Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga is an ancient art and science dealing with the transformation and expansion of consciousness, the awakening and raising of Kundalini Energy up the spine through energy centers called Chakras. The activation and balancing of the chakras is accomplished by the mixing and uniting of Prana (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 (postures), Mudras (gestures), and Mantras (sacred sounds).

Kundalini Yoga sets also use Visualization, Projection and Focused Attention to attain specific effects.

Through the practice of Kundalini Yoga, an individual can unite his/her 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/her body, and consciously begins to direct its flow to stimulate and awaken the chakras, for healing himself/herself and others, and becomes a co-creator with universal energies.

Here’s another great resource I read. You know, as I’m writing his, I’m learning more too.

My First Kundalini Yoga Experience

My first Kundalini Yoga experience was in San Francisco. A friend invited me to see Mastin Kipp. He is a self-help guru that went viral after a Kardashian retweeted one of his quotes. He’s been on Oprah. A Wayne Dyer or Tony Robbins for a new generation. His name was on the lips of my self-help community.

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Mastin’s called his event “spiritual entertainment.” Someday, I’ll go into all the details. But for this post, it’s about the Kundalini Yoga.

His spiritual entertainment was a well-choreographed Kundalini Yoga session interchanged with speeches and music that lasted well past my bed time.

The repeated motions of Kundalini along with the calculated breath stirred repressed emotions. Did you know a body can hold emotions from old incidents? Some people believe that’s literally what the dis-ease of cancer is.

In the moment in that place, I experienced something I never felt. It was a welling up of stored emotions coming out of my body. I shook. Mastin invited me to be his healing guinea pig for the night.

By the end, all the men in the room lined up to give me a hug. And in their own words, tell me I was worthy. The Kundalini Yoga was a catalyst for the evening and a start to my awakening.

Kundalini Yoga Now

When a healer in Hawaii told me, I needed to decide to stay on the planet, I looked at her clueless. She explicitly said,

“You can’t stay for your daughter.”

“You can’t stay for your husband.”

“You have to learn to stay for you.”

Big stuff.

Her premise was, make a decision about living or dying. And if you choose to live, choose it for yourself and no one else.

I needed space to find my reason. Then, just like that, an email from my yoga studio invited me to Kundalini Yoga with Amanda May.

The morning was bright and bitter cold. The class was packed. I scootched my mat close to Amanda’s.

I don’t know what Kriya we did, that’s Kundalini lingo for a set of exercises. But whatever it was had the same effect as it did with Mastin.

About mid-way through the movements, a quiet voice rose up inside me. It repeated the same thing over and over. So much so I looked around the room to see if others heard it. The voice said,

“I’m staying on this planet.”

“I’m staying on this planet.”

“I’m staying on this planet.”

Clear. Strong. Precise.

My energy surged. My decision made. For the rest of the class, I said “Thank You” to the most important person in the room.


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