Kundalini Yoga: Beneficial or Dangerous? Sadhguru speaks about what kundalini is, and looks at the process of Kundalini Yoga. He explores how this powerful spiritual process should be approached with utmost responsibility and reverence. Sadhguru: In the yogic culture, the snake is a symbolism for kundalini – the unmanifest energy within you. Kundalini and perception Heightened states of energy are also heightened states of perception. Kundalini and the Third Eye The third eye does not mean someone’s forehead has cracked and something came out. Kundalini Yoga: Preparation first! Nowadays, a lot of books and yoga studios talk about Kundalini Yoga and its benefits, though they don’t know anything about it. Kundalini Yoga is the most dangerous form Kundalini Yoga in its essence is the most dangerous form of yoga. If the necessary supportive atmosphere is not there, simply attempting to raise kundalini could be very irresponsible and dangerous. This doesn’t mean there is something wrong with Kundalini Yoga. You may also like
Yoga Breathing Exercises - Pranayama Yoga breathing exercises, which are called pranayama in Sanskrit, may be done in association with yoga poses or just while sitting quietly. Here are some of the most common types of yoga breathing exercises and their benefits. Introduction to Pranayama Breathing ExercisesExplanation of pranayama and instruction for calming and invigorating breathing exercises. Alternate Nostril Breathing – Nadi SodhanaCalm yourself with Nadi Sodhana. Equal Breathing - Sama Vritti PranayamaIn sama vritti, you focus on inhaling and exhaling for the same amount of time. Cooling Breath - Shitali PranayamaHow to Practice Cooling Breath - Shitali Pranayama. Ocean Breath – Ujjayi PranayamaOcean Breath – Ujjayi Pranayama is an important part of a vinyasa yoga practice. Skull Shining Breath – Kapalabhati PranayamaWarm up with Kapalabhati Pranayama. Three-Part Breath – Dirga PranayamaLearn to calm yourself with Three-Part Breath. Lion's BreathRoar!
8 Simple Yoga Poses You Should Do Every Day It's not always easy to get to yoga class. Whether it's a late night at work or something else, we get it; sometimes that hour of downward dogging just doesn't happen. There's no reason not to strike a few poses throughout the day, though. In fact, you can reap most of the same benefits of a class by spending a few minutes throughout the day doing a backbend, warrior pose or opening up your hips. Here are 7 yoga poses to do every day -- yes, even at the office. When You Wake Up Cat-Cow (Damon Dahlen/Huffington Post) Cat-cow is the perfect way to wake up the entire spine after it's been resting for a solid seven to eight hours (we hope). Downward Dog Downward dog stretches out the back, legs and arms. Mid-Morning Standing Forward Fold When you've been sitting all morning, a standing forward fold is a great (and not all that noticeable) way too stretch your legs and back. After Lunch Seated Forward Fold Mid-Afternoon Warrior 2 Evening Pigeon Pose Child's Pose
Yoga for Concentration We live in a short attention span world. Between Twitter, Facebook, text messages, and TV, we’re used to getting information and processing it in teensy little bursts. While that’s great for communication, it’s not so great for our overall concentration. It might seem a bit overwhelming to tear ourselves away from the screen and take some time to just breathe and focus, but the benefits are well worth it! This yoga routine focuses on moving slowly, breathing deeply, and sinking into the flow of the poses. Yoga Routine for Concentration Breathe to Find Your Center Start out in easy pose, sitting cross legged, focusing on keeping your back straight. Once you’re relaxed, do a couple of breathing exercises to further focus your mind: Alternate Nostril Breathing. Image Credit: Yoga for Concentration photo via Thinkstock Twist to Improve Concentration It’s important when you’re doing twist poses that you don’t push yourself too hard. Revolved Head to Knee. Downward Dog. Flow with Arm Balances
What is Kundalini and how to Activate it? I can recall in my spiritual journey a time of inner purification, which steadily integrated and unleashed soul through my being. Each step was like a home coming - a remembrance of who I was and where I really came from. But nothing was quite like the power of Kundalini Reactivation: the unification of higher and lower self, which I experienced as the top of my head lifting off and a fountain of light connecting me deep into the cosmos. This truly was like coming home! So what exactly is Kundalini and how do we activate it?... What is Kundalini? To me the soul is a flowing stream of consciousness, out from the source and back again. Most - if not all - have suffered the loss of this inherent condition early in life. We can reactivate this kundalini. How to activate Kundalini? Firstly, it greatly helps to keep reminding yourself of the higher connection through spiritual practice. But this connection to higher self is not the end of the story. Opening the channels for Kundalini
The Art of Meditation – Alan Watts Alan Watts talks about the art of meditation and why it is important to practice it, especially in the civilized world. Yoga Sequences | Yoga Twists for Energy | Twisting Yoga Poses The Practice: This standing twist sequence will open your upper back, leaving you refreshed and energized. Do the sequence on its own or use it to prepare for a longer backbending practice. Mind-Body Benefits: Spending hours at a time sitting at a desk can take a toll on your posture: Your shoulders slump, your head tips forward, and your circulation stagnates. Key Focal Points: In each twist, focus on keeping your pelvis square and stable so that you create the twist from your mid and upper back. Watch: A video of this Home Practice sequence here. Charge Up: Open Your Spine Start seated, crossing your shins in Sukhasana (Easy Pose). Do 3 rounds of traditional Surya Namaskar A (Sun Salutation A) and 3 rounds of Surya Namaskar B. Warm-Up Poses 1. After your third round of Sun Salutation B, end in Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose). 2. Come into Down Dog, pressing the entirety of each palm down. Main Sequence 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Come forward to standing. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.
Yoga for Energy Feeling a little run down? Try some yoga for energy to get your heart pumping and your blood flowing. We think of yoga as being soothing and relaxing, but it can be incredibly energizing, too. Strenuous postures get your heart pumping and can help improve energy levels. Others help your body process those strenuous postures so you finish your practice feeling refreshed, not pooped. Related Reading: Yoga for Concentration You can do this yoga series all in a row, transitioning from pose to pose. Want to get in on the action? 1. Start in a standing position with your feet just hip-width apart. Once you’re feeling calm and centered raise your hands — still in prayer position — over your head. 2. Release your hands from prayer position, rotating your palms to face forward, then bring your arms parallel to the floor and swan dive forward, until you are in a full standing forward bend.
Why Awaken Kundalini? Everybody should know something about kundalini as it represents the coming consciousness of mankind. Kundalini is the name of a sleeping dormant potential force in the human organism and it is situated at the root of the spinal column. In the masculine body it is in the perineum, between the urinary and excretory organs. In the female body its location is at the root of the uterus, in the cervix. This center is known as mooladhara chakra and it is actually a physical structure. It is a small gland which you can even take out and press. To awaken kundalini you must prepare yourself through yogic techniques. Although kundalini is said to reside in mooladhara chakra, we are all at different stages of evolution, and in some of us kundalini may have already reached swadhisthana, manipura or anahata chakra. Once the multipetalled lotus of sahasrara blossoms, a new consciousness dawns. Whatever happens in spiritual life, it is related to the awakening of kundalini. Who can awaken Kundalini?
Yoga and Chakras The chakras are seven energy centers in the body, that are powered by the life force called prana. In most people, these chakras are blocked. Kundalini yoga helps us unblock these chakras to enable energy to rise up our spine, uplifting and invigorating our body and mind. Kundalini Yoga and Chakras For each chakra, there is a specific Kundalini yoga pose that can help clear the chakra and open the flow of life force. Muladhara (Root Chakra) Asana: Crow PoseSvadisthana (Sacral Chakra) Asana: Frog PoseManipura (Solar Plexus) Asana: Stretch PoseAnahata (Heart Chakra) Asana: Camel PoseVishuddha (Throat Chakra) Asana: Cobra PoseAjna (the Third Eye) Asana: Guru PranamSahasrara (Crown Chakra) Equanimity of the Seven Chakras Begin to allow your mind to visualize the color red. Begin to visualize the color orange, it’s vibrancy and energy. Allow your mind to visualize the color yellow. Next, The Throat Chakras. Last, visualize the pure color of purple.
6 yogaposes die depressie en angst verminderen | Goed Nieuws Yoga dient niet alleen om fitter en leninger te worden, het kan ook kalmeren en ontspannen door de specifieke opvolging van bewegingen en de nadruk op ademhaling. Sommige poses zijn fysiek heel intens, andere zijn traag en kunnen depressies en angsten verlichten. Elena Brower gaf deze zes poses mee: 1) Foetushouding (balasana) De foetushouding is een heel simpele en rustige houding: je gaat op je knieën zitten, billen op de onderbenen, bovenlichaam op de bovenbenen. 2) Voorwaartse buiging (uttasana) Je staat met de voeten plat op de grond, de benen zijn gestrekt en je buigt je lichaam voorover tot je handen de grond raken (of toch zo goed als mogelijk) en je hoofd dichtbij je knieën komt. 3) Benen tegen de muur (viparita karani) Deze is gemakkelijk: je gaat plat op je rug liggen, benen vertikaal tegen de muur laten rusten. 4) Katpositie (marjariasana) Deze positie doet een beetje denken aan het strekken van een kat. 6) Hoofdstand Tot slot: eentje voor gevorderden, de hoofdstand.
10 Yoga Poses to Improve Circulation Poor circulation can cause all sorts of problems in your body like fluid retention and swelling in the lower extremeties. Often the causes of poor circulation are out of our control, but one way to improve your body’s circulation is with exercise. Check out these yoga poses to help get your heart pumping and your blood flowing! Swelling is more than a cosmetic concern – it can be very uncomfortable. Related Reading: Yoga for Concentration For example, my pregnancy is causing some swelling in my feet and ankles, and practicing yoga helps bring that swelling down visibly. Ready to get moving and give the ol’ circulatory system a boost?
Breathing: Three Exercises "Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing and can even help with stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders." Andrew Weil, M.D. Since breathing is something we can control and regulate, it is a useful tool for achieving a relaxed and clear state of mind. I recommend three breathing exercises to help relax and reduce stress: The Stimulating Breath, The 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise (also called the Relaxing Breath), and Breath Counting. Try each of these breathing teachniques and see how they affect your stress and anxiety levels. Exercise 1: The Stimulating Breath (also called the Bellows Breath) The Stimulating Breath is adapted from yogic breathing techniques. Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed but relaxed. If done properly, you may feel invigorated, comparable to the heightened awareness you feel after a good workout. Watch a video of Dr. Exercise 2: The 4-7-8 (or Relaxing Breath) Exercise