I’d been hearing a lot about Kundalini Yoga through various podcasts that I listen to and had heard that it has massive benefits for creativity and abundance. When I heard Kip Andersen discussing his experience of Kundalini on Russell Brand’s Under the Skin podcast, I decided that I wanted to try it.
What is Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini Yoga uses sound, mantra, exercises and meditations to release trauma from the energetic body (known as the aura). Once this energy is released, and our old wounds are healed, radiance can occur and we can attract abundance into our life, live from our hearts and let our creativity flow.
To start, I committed to 40 days of ‘Sat Kriya’. This is one of the Master Keys of Kundalini Yoga (the other two are Sodarshan Chakra Kriya and Kirtan Kriya). I chose Sat Kriya as it is fundamental to Kundalina Yoga. General physical health is said to improve, the heart gets stronger and it produces waves of energy that circulate, energise and heal the body. Awesome.
Now I realise that that sounds mega woo woo, and I’m definitely not going to claim to understand how this works, but what I will say is that it has worked for me. Since starting to practice Kundalini Yoga daily, I have experienced the following;
I just feel happier. Things that used to get my cortisol rising now just seem funny. That’s not to say that I don’t care; I still put the same amount of effort into resolving these stressful situations as I used to, but the energy that I put into them just feels different. It is lighter and as a result, I am lighter. How do I know that this is due to the Kundalini? Well, I find myself laughing out loud in the middle of the practice and feel my joy rising from my belly through my body. It’s a wonderful feeling.
I go to bed later than I used to and I feel less tired which is great because it means that I have more time to invest in my business and to write and create.
My Meditation Has Improved
I find my focus stays with my breath for longer and I am more committed to my practice than ever before.
I Get Compliments on My Aura
Lots of people have commented on the quality of my energy saying that I bring a level of calm to stressful situations and that helps with resolution. My friends have also commented on my relaxed presence.
I’m More Creative
My creative output has increased and I am more in tune with my feminine energy. As someone who has been rooted in my masculine for many years, this is a great feeling.
I could go on, but if that’s enough to peak your interest and you would like to try it, this is how I started. There are many videos on YouTube about Kundalini but I found this tutorial from Kimilla Grace on Sat Kriya most helpful. I started very small with just 3 minutes of practice and have now built up to 8 minutes per day. My aim is to get to 11 minutes of Sat Kriya. Ideally the relaxation after performing the kriya will be twice the length of time that you practiced the kriya. Relaxation is said to be as important as the kriya itself so must not be skipped.
Now, Kundalini does come with some warnings; it is a powerful energy and some report that their ‘Kundalini Awakening’ has side effects such as vivid dreams, extreme fatigue, unusual feelings in the body and so on. I found that for the third week of practice I was so tired. I couldn’t get through the day without a nap and I was in bed by 8pm most evenings. For me, this energy shifted within a week and after that I felt much more energetic. I found this video very helpful to understand and ease the symptoms.
I have found the shift in my energy and changes to my emotions so beneficial that I will be sticking with my daily practice long term. I hope that you have found this post useful. Please let me know in the comments if you have your own experience of Kundalini Yoga that you would like to share.