Yoga is a fantastic way to release stress, get fit, enrich bodily wellness,and make you feel more in touch with yourself and the world around you. Yoga is flexible and can be modified for people of different ages and fitness levels. That being said, yoga exercise comes in a variety of types, and depending on what you are looking to get out of yoga practice will determine which type of yoga you might the type of yoga you practice. In this discussion, we take a closer look at the type of yoga called Kundalini yoga; and point out all that is central as a comprehensive introduction to this exercise.
Kundalini Yoga History
One of the first things that a novice should know about Kundalini yoga is that though its basic place among other breath and movement traditions of yoga exists it has not been as widely practiced as some of the other forms in the West. It wasn’t until really 1969 that its existence was known for those living in this side of the hemisphere, and started to become practiced. A man named, Yogi Bhajan, decided that in this year, the art of Kundalini yoga should be known about and accessible to those looking for a comprehensive look at yoga-and so he founded and organization the “Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization” or 3HO to basically teach the public Kundalini yoga on a widespread level.
What is Kundalini Yoga?
With all this discussion about how it is Kundalini Yoga so different from other forms of yoga and how a special organization was created for the sole purpose of making it more accessible; you probably are wondering what is it, and how does it differ from other forms of yoga? Basically, Kundalini yoga-like other forms of yoga uses breath and movement together, but for the purpose of aligning all of the seven chakras. Whereas other yogas focus on a lengthening of the body and harmonizing of its properties through proper breath and movement technique; Kundalini is the reaching into the spine for “untapped energy” –otherwise known as the Kundalini and releasing it through the body to “awaken the chakras”. In following with the belief of chakras in the body, it is believed that once all chakras have been awakened, that the person has reached enlightenment.
The actual practice of Kundalini yoga consists of a series of poses which work in conjunction with strategic breathing. This practice is characterized by quick and repetitive movements that are done while holding one’s breath or inhaling/exhaling in a rhythmic way. It is very similar in function as isometrics. While isometrics is a commonly accepted term in exercise, Kundalini is much more involved than this and is one of the more spiritual and meditative yogas. Aside from the focus on certain areas of the body for freeing of energy, chanting, and meditating it is not uncommon for a class in Kundalini to actually perform the poses in yoga robes.
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