Advanced Kundalini Yoga Technique
Kundalini Awakening Technique
An important aspect of dealing with Kundalini Shakti (energy) is to concentrate your efforts on the purification and strengthening of your systems and nadis (energy channels), and not prematurely use direct methods to awaken Kundalini. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Kundalini Shakti and Kundalini Yoga, you may want to first read the following 2 articles: Introduction to the Science of Kundalini Yoga & Kundalini Yoga’s Seven Chakra System Overview.
Having said the above, there are techniques, of course, that allow you to stir and awaken Kundalini directly, and rise up from the state of pure potentiality in which she resides at the base of the spine. In this article I will present such a technique, but it should not be used in isolation. It is though a valuable technique to learn and employ as part of a complete Kundalini Yoga practice. Especially if your practice has matured to a certain degree, and you have developed a strong body and nervous system as a result of it.
It has been some time since I acknowledged on the website the sources of my Kundalini Yoga knowledge, so before I proceed I would like to mention that these techniques were taught to me by Ravi Singh, who was a student of Yogi Bhajan. My deepest gratitude to both of them for sharing this priceless wisdom with all of us.
This particular exercise will be part of the following 3 free e-books here on Mastery of Meditation, as it is a Kundalini Yoga exercise, a type of meditation, as well as a yoga breathing technique: Online Kundalini Yoga Exercises, Free Yoga Breathing Exercises E-book & Free Online Guided Meditation Techniques E-book.
This kundalini yoga technique is actually a form of advanced pranayama (yogic science of breath control), and to perform it successfully, requires an understanding of prana (life-force) and how it functions within your body.
Within the energetic body (aka: psychic body/astral body/pranamaya kosha), 5 distinct types of prana are at work; prana, apana, samana, udana and vyana. Of these 5 types, the 2 most important are prana and apana. Please note that by prana here (and going forward) I am referring to the subtype and not the overall life force, which is also called prana.
Prana works in the region from the neck down to the diaphragm and is an upward moving force, while apana works form the navel down and is a downward moving force. This pranayama is designed to reverse the direction of apana and move it upwards to the level of the solar plexus, while at the same time move prana down, such that they both mix in the stomach region. This mixing then creates the spark which ignites kundalini and causes her to awaken and rise up the shushumna (central psychic channel).
More specifically, those familiar with the chakra system, will note that we are moving apana into the region of the manipura chakra, which is governed by fire. This elongates the flame, so to speak, which is then stoked by the now downward moving prana. Creating the necessary heat to awaken kundalini.
Advanced Yoga Technique to Awaken Kundalini
Illustration #1 Advanced Kundalini Awakening Technique
Illustration #2 Advanced Kundalini Awakening Technique
Advanced Yoga Technique to Awaken Kundalini:
a. Instructions for practicing Yoga Technique to Awaken Kundalini:
- Sit in any comfortable cross legged posture. You can sit on a chair if necessary. Keep your back and spine straight, and chin pulled back and tucked in slightly like a soldier at attention (variation of Jalandhara Bandha or neck lock)
- As illustrated above, raise your arms up to shoulder level. Bend the elbows up at 90 degrees and then have the palms facing backwards, again making a ninety degree angle with your wrists. The fingers are all extended.
- Inhale deeply and hold your breath in (Antar Kumbhaka). Keep the breath held in and relax your stomach. Now visualize prana vayu (wind) moving downward towards the solar plexus, while apana vayu moving up towards the solar plexus. Visualize them mixing in that region, while keeping your breath held in during this time. Do not over strain, and release your breath when required.
- After exhaling, inhale again and repeat the visualization. Continue this process for 3 rounds. Each round being one breath cycle (inhale – hold – visualize – exhale).
- After you complete your last cycle. Inhale, then exhale completely and with your breath held out apply root lock (mulabandha) for as long as you can. Root lock is the pulling up and in of the rectum, sex organ and lower abdominal muscles all at the same time.
b. Duration for Yoga Technique to Awaken Kundalini:
- Start with 3 rounds and build up from there. You can build upto 11 rounds or more.
c. Benefits of Yoga Technique to Awaken Kundalini:
- Creates the energy necessary to stimulate and awaken Kundalini Shakti. Leading her to rise up the shushumna.
- Develops your lung capacity and respiratory systems.
- Strengthens and opens up your shoulders and arms.
- Builds willpower and concentration.
d. Practice Tips for Yoga Technique to Awaken Kundalini:
- This meditation technique requires you to be familiar with the prana and apana vayus. Attending to your inhalation can help you understand prana vayu and attending to the bodily forces that push downwards (excretion, etc) can help familiarize you with apana vayu.
- You can also adopt the practice of the following variation of Mula Bandha, where you only contact and release the rectum muscle. In this case you are learning to turn apana vayu upwards and gain familiarity with it. You can practice applying and releasing mula bandha at any time during your sadhana or otherwise.
- You can practice with your hands down as well initially to develop other aspects of this meditative technique.
Online Kundalini Yoga Kriyas Using Kundaini Awakening Technique:
- This powerful kundalini yoga pranayama can be added to the beginning of any Kundalini Yoga Kriya. It is a good way to get your sadhana (spiritual practice) started.