Uncoiling the serpent: A beginner’s guide to Kundalini Meditation

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Kundalini Meditation may sound mysterious but it is a simple concept that focus on the mind-body connection. Contrary to what some may believe, it is neither a form of magic nor a religious belief. The word Kundalini means ‘coiled snake’, which stands for our potential. This form of meditation is based on the belief that every single human is born with divine energy that resides within the root of their spine. Kundalini Meditation uncoils and harness that latent energy through patience, practice and perseverance.

Today we’ll talk about the basics of Kundalini Meditation so you can decide if it is right for you.

What is the difference between Kundalini Meditation and Kundalini Yoga Meditation?

Kundalini Meditation is a part of Kundalini Yoga. You could try both activities or focus on only one. Ultimately both are concerned with releasing the kundalini energy at the base of the spine. Kundalini Yoga is claimed to be one of the more influential and transformative styles of yoga and can be practiced by all individuals. It involves exercises that focus on certain areas of the body in order to strengthen them and help release suppressed toxins.

Each set of exercises is known as a kriya. Every Kundalini Yoga class is different but the focus is always on yoga poses that work on specific areas of the body, mind, and spirit. Like all other forms of yoga, it is more science than art and is based on the belief that our true strength comes from within. Kundalini Meditation follows the same belief system but focuses on strengthening the mind and the spirit through meditation tools and guides.

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How is Kundalini Meditation different from other forms of meditation?

All forms of meditation involve exercises to help you gain control over your thoughts and emotions. This begins with learning how to narrow your focus and direct it towards one object. This could be your breath, a mantra, your chakras, specific sounds or in the case of Kundalini Meditation, the energy that lies within.

Kundalini Meditation aims to harness the divine energy residing within the body. It believes that this latent energy lies coiled at the base of your spine (the root chakra) and can be made to flow through the seven chakras of your body. The goal of Kundalini Meditation is to channel and unleash this energy through the seventh chakra at the top of your head.

This form of meditation is practiced by narrowing your consciousness to the body’s limitless energy and syncing it with your breath. It allows you to become increasingly present and brings about total awareness of mind-body. The unleashing of energy is said to reestablish communication between mind and body, which can resolve deep-seated mental, spiritual and physical issues.

What are the benefits of Kundalini Meditation?

Research has indicated that meditation in general has profound physiological and psychological benefits. As you develop a regular practice, you will experience improved respiration, a lowering of heart rate, positive brain wave patterns, and higher stress adaptability.

Kundalini yoga invigorates the glandular and nervous systems offering benefits like increased creativity and boosted vitality. It is believed that this form of yoga helps you realize your full potential as you release the latent divine energy that lies dormant within. While this advanced state may be harder for a beginner to achieve, you can expect to see the following benefits once you start practicing Kundalini Yoga:

  • Improved concentration
  • A more mindful approach to life
  • A feeling of balance between mind, body and spirit
  • Enhanced creative energy to tackle obstacles
  • Better awareness of the mind-body connection
  • Enhanced brain-wave patterns resulting in balanced emotions and cognitive functioning
  • Reduced anxiety and stress
  • Deeper sleep and reduction in sleep-related issues

How do I get started with kundalini meditation?

When starting with anything new, it is always better to start small. It is advised that you join a class or consult a trainer when starting out especially with kundalini yoga meditation. However with a multitude of meditation apps like Headspace and videos on Youtube, you might like to start at home before you decide to commit to a schedule.

Do not attempt too much too soon because you might feel overwhelmed and quickly lose motivation. Set aside a specific time for a daily practice at home. Even if you can do 5 minutes of meditation, you will find it helpful. Here’s how to get started and release the coiled serpent at the base of your spine:

Preparation for Kundalini Meditation:
Choose a quiet location and a suitable time of the day. Wear something comfortable and relax your mind and body.

Correct posture:
You should sit in a comfortable position with your back straight but relaxed. You might choose to sit on a chair if you prefer the support or sit with your back against the wall.

Focus on your breath:
The focus of this meditation is simple and does not require any tools. You can choose to start by focusing on your breath. Observe the feeling of your breath as you inhale and feel it flowing through your body before you exhale. For a beginner, it might be enough of a challenge to remain focused on your breath for a few minutes.

Exercises for better meditation:
As you progress and are able to focus on your breathing, you might choose to add a few exercises to bring awareness to mind and body. An instructor or a guided meditation app will help.

Give it time

Do not fall into the trap of expecting too much from meditation if you are just starting off. Meditation is not the panacea for mental health or a short-term fix for your health. It is part of a self-care routine that strengthens the mind, body and spirit. It takes patience and perseverance to inculcate a habit that can positively impact your health and well-being.

Kundalini Meditation believes that the primal energy coiled within you is powerful beyond measure. If it can be awakened and unleashed, it can lead to fundamental positive changes in your consciousness. However it is not easy to guide this divine energy through your many chakras and you must expect to spend time and energy on it before you can experience the health benefits of kundalini energy and realize your limitless potential.

If you would like to sign up for a meditation class near you, Avaana can help you find one.

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Mishana Khot is a fiction author and co-founder of The Great Next, an adventure travel company. She has been featured in National Geographic, Forbes magazine, and other publications, and has over 15 years of experience with health, travel, and lifestyle brands.

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