One of the ways in which Kundalini Yoga is unique, is that, for the most part, the practice is done with the eyes closed, with a deep, internal focus. It’s a definite bonus for anyone who feels a bit embarrassed that they can’t touch their toes! Although striving for the correct posture does matter, it’s much less important to the Kundalini Yoga than developing awareness. We practice yoga to learn how to be present to what we’re doing, how we’re feeling in the posture and what we’re thinking. The only person who can know or be the judge of that, is the individual themselves.

Kundalini Yoga often includes asanas (physical postures) that involve a rhythmic, repetitive movement of the spine, which is coordinated with the breath and practiced for specific and often extended periods of time. These postures have a self hypnotic quality and have the capacity to significantly alter perception and the focus of the mind. This experience is well known to anyone who has dived deep into the practice. There is also a growing body of scientific evidence that supports this lived experience.

In a study by Neil Goodman PhD, at California University, Davis, it was found that the practice of the posture known as Spinal Flex (a favourite of many Kundalini Yogis) significantly altered the proportion and strength of Alpha, Theta and Delta brain waves, in proportion to Beta waves, in the individuals practising it. Beta brain wave patterns are the state of awareness that most individuals experience for most of the time, it is the experience of the “thinking mind”. Alpha, Theta and Delta waves are experienced during the relaxation response and are associated with states of deep meditation, deep sleep and peak experiences.

Meditation is also a huge part of the practice. There are dozens of different breath work practices used in Kundalini Yoga, all of them given as a prescription for a specific condition. There are breath practices to control compulsive eating, reduce anxiety, develop intuition, enhance immunity and increase longevity, as well as many, many more. Some of the meditations also include a mantra and it is often an experience of those who love the practice that chanting in a group, although challenging to begin with, becomes a deeply meaningful and sacred part of their yoga journey.

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