What You Need to Know About Kundalini Yoga Before You Begin
Kundalini Yoga: Breath of Fire
Breath of Fire is a rapid, rhythmic, tonifying breath frequently used in Kundalini Yoga practice.
The breath should be equal on the inhale and exhale, done through the nose unless otherwise stated, and it is powered by the navel point and solar plexus. On the exhale the navel and solar plexus contract towards the spine, on the inhale the belly releases.
This breath is not recommended for women on their cycle or during pregnancy, or for anyone with health concerns including high blood pressure. If dizziness or lightheadedness occurs, it is recommended to stop and breath deeply.
Kundalini Yoga: Bandhas or Body Locks
The bandhas are locks or contractions held in the body to direct the flow of the prana and apana in Kundalini Yoga. In this short video I will explain the Jalandhar Bandha or Neck Lock, the Mulbandh or Root Lock, and the Uddiyana Bandh or Diaphragm Lock. Most often applied in Kundalini Yoga is the Jalandhar Bandha which elongates the spine allowing energy to flow vertically up the body.
Kundalini Yoga: Hand Mudras
Each finger has a specific representation and focus in Kundalini Yoga. Connecting the thumb with a finger seals the effect of the mudra in consciousness.
- Buddhi Mudra uses Pinky Finger- mercury, water, communication.
- Surya Mudra uses Ring Finger- sun/venus, fire, physical health and radiance.
- Shuni Mudra uses Center Finger- saturn, air, emotion to devotion.
- Gyan Mudra uses Index Finger- jupiter, ether, open space for change and wisdom.
- Thumb- earth, positive ego.
- Palms placed together at the heart center is called Pranam Mudra or Prayer Pose.
A Kundalini Yoga Meditation for Women
Kundalini Yoga: Grace of God Meditation
It is said that if this mediation is practiced twice a day for 1,000 days, the aura will become tipped in silver or gold. And that all women should practice it for 40 days at some point in their lives.
I love this simple, easy Kundalini Yoga Mediation to help get in touch with your own inner grace, so that you might approach all of life from your place of peace, of center, of grace.
My hope is that this might become a useful addition to your toolbox in helping you to connect to the peace and core of your being, so that your brightest light might shine and help in illuminating all the world.
An Advanced Kundalini Yoga Kriya to Strengthen the Navel Point
Navel Adjustment Kriya
Kundalini Yoga exercise of The Navel Adjustment Kriya is a great workout for the entire body and requires less than 10 minutes to complete.
For the practice we we come into four key poses, hold the pose, and perform Breath of Fire.
- Stretch Pose lying on the back with the head and feet 6″ off the floor.
- Bow Pose lying on the stomach with the hands wrapped around the ankles.
- Wheel Pose or a backbend. Modify to Bridge Pose raising only the hips and keeping shoulders on the floor if needed.
- Fish Pose lying back with legs in Lotus Pose.
This practice is for a more advanced yoga practice. And if dizziness or lightheadedness occurs, the poses should be stopped and breathings should deepen and relax.