THE MAGIC OF KUNDALINI
By Lucy Keaveny (Ramasara Kaur)
There are many types of yoga and all of them have the same goal: to unite and connect through the use of breath and movement, merging the body and mind.
Kundalini yoga is an ancient art and science, which enables us to activate our inner life force and to raise our consciousness. The word ‘Kundalini’ translates as ‘coiled’ and is symbolized as a coiled sleeping serpent lying at the base of the spine. We can awaken this spiritual energy through the use of exercise, chanting and breathing techniques to calm the mind. This all sounds very complicated but the uniting of these elements allows the flow of energy through the seven power points in the body, known as Chakras. ‘Chakra’ translates as ‘wheel’ and an easy way to imagine them is as spinning wheels of light situated along the spine. Each wheel carries its own energy vibration connecting to elements in the body. Kundalini opens and balances these elements, allowing a free flow of energy within the body and mind. When we have this flow within us we are able to connect within. This allows our true being to fly, unlocks our potential and happiness and to build strength and focus.
For centuries, the ancient science and technology of Kundalini was a closely guarded secret in India, passed on from master to student over years of study. In 1969, a devout Sikh called Yogi Bhajan decided to break that secrecy, feeling that it was a much needed tool for coping with the increasing pressures of life. He went to California with the intention of training teachers and spreading it across the west.
‘Happiness is your birthright – live it’ – Yogi Bhajan
I have practiced yoga for over 20 years and very nearly came to Kundalini in my 20’s. I wonder if my life would have turned out differently if I had. I was a busy presenter and rushing around soho doing voice overs. In fact, my whole life felt like one big rush. I loved yoga but it had to be intense and hard work. I wanted a strong body but I was pushing myself into positions I couldn’t do with ease and grace and my back was beginning to suffer. I was drawn to anything that involved that great sense of achievement after class, however I wasn’t feeling that connected to myself. I was working and partying hard whilst madly fitting in dynamic yoga and running. When a good friend suggested Kundalini to me I laughed at her, I couldn’t possibly slow down and neither did I want to.
It took the break up of my marriage and some good luck to finally find the wonder of Kundalini. I was desolate and desperate after splitting up with my husband. We had two young boys aged 2 and 4 at the time and I was trying to keep the ship afloat as life came crashing down around us all. My body had seized up, I was having panic attacks, crying daily whilst still trying to put on a brave face. Amazingly, whilst seeing an osteopath I mentioned how I would love just 3 days away somewhere doing yoga…coincidentally he was hosting a retreat a few months away and I managed to book the time off. I knew nothing else, just that I needed to get away.
The very first day at the retreat our teacher walked out wearing a turban, I stalled and internally freaked - what the hell had I come on? At the very first yoga session, I felt rage bubbling up inside me. Why wasn’t I doing a downward dog? Where’s the vinyasa for god’s sake?! On a deeper level I knew I was in the right place but my addiction to feel like I was pushing myself was overwhelming. I said nothing and slowly as the class developed I felt this internal rage dissolve into a mass of tears. My body was finally allowing itself to flow with my mind. The repetition of the movements released so much locked in coiled energy. My heart was open and my grief was coming in waves. The next three days brought about a very radical change for me. Hard lessons were learnt and I came home feeling great shifts on a physical and emotional level.
“Love is the ultimate state of human behaviour, where compassion prevails and kindness rules’ – Yogi Bhajan
Not long after I returned from the retreat I signed on to the Karam Kriya School and began my teacher training course. Once qualified, I started to grow my practice and now hold weekly classes, privates and retreat days. I was also fascinated by the sound of the gong and decided to start my sound therapy journey. I now play the gong regularly around London and hold monthly gong and mantra nights. I will continue to study this incredible practice for my lifetime, there is so much to learn.
‘This body, mind and spirit is yours. Enjoy it or waste it. It is your choice’ – Yogi Bhajan
Kundalini is the mother of all yogas in my opinion. It cuts straight through to the core of you, so you can find your TRUE spirit. It is described as a house-holders yoga as it allows us to cope with the overwhelming pressures we now face on a day to day basis. We are overloaded with information and we spend less and less time just being. Our mind gives us 1,000 thoughts per blink of the eye, many of these thoughts paralyse us with fear, doubt and insecurity, causing stress related ailments. Kundalini helps us master our minds and to become aware both physically and mentally. We all have the capacity to let go of our “ego’, awaken our spirit and soul and just be.
This quote really sums it up for me:
“BE YOURSELF, BE TO BE. EXIST TO MANIFEST YOUR CREATED SELF. SLOW DOWN, THERE IS NOWHERE TO GO. YOU CAN RUN ALL OVER THIS EARTH AND STILL SOME DAY YOU WILL HAVE TO LEAVE. YOU CAN SEEK ALL MANNER OF PEOPLE TO TELL YOU WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW BUT IN THE END, YOU ONLY ANSWER TO YOUR OWN CONSCIENCE. AND THE ONLY QUESTION YOU WILL ASK OF WORTH IS, KNOWING MY TRUTH – DID I LISTEN, DID I ACT ACCORDINGLY?’ – YOGI BHAJAN
Lucy Keaveny is a qualified Kundalini and meditation teacher. She trained with the Karam Kriya school in London and Portugal and she is now embarking on her Level 2 with them. Lucy has also completed training in Mastering the Addicitve Personality with Carolyn Cowan. She’s also a qualified gong player and is the proud owner of an Earth Gong. She holds regular events at her studio and around London, collaborating with other gong players. Lucy is also a qualified starchild yoga teacher and teaches kids from 3-18 years old.
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