Whether we realise it or not we are creating the world we see in front of us moment by moment. Recognising this provides us with the opportunity to create a different life. The first step is to know what we truly want, and then learn to use the tools yoga gives us to achieve our dreams.
KUNDALINI, THE CREATIVE FORCE
Thinking about what we want takes effort, once we know we can use the creative force of kundalini to shape world rather than be a perpetual victim. Kundalini is matter in its potential state and as humans we can take control of our thoughts and actions to shape matter to our dreams.
CAREFUL WITH THOSE THOUGHTS
The world we see around us is a manifestation of our inner world, everything we see “out there” begins with a thought, so be careful what you wish for. Creating a vision in the mind’s eye and sticking with it, will eventually see that vision manifest into our world.
Being earful of our thoughts is particularly important, so take a few moments each day to examine them, and you may be surprised how much you focus on the things that appear to go wrong. How many times do you find yourself regretting decisions? Remember you have created the world you see in front of you, so change the script in your head.
KUNDALINI, IT JUST IS!
Kundalini doesn’t discriminate and is not interested in right, wrong, good or bad, it just is! Thoughts and actions create the world collectively and individually, anger creates anger and so on.
Yoga describes the five kleshas as obstacles to the truth, which binds us to our prejudices, neurosis, anger, greed and ego. Before we decide on what we want to manifest it is best to understand where our obstacles are, otherwise, we may well get what we asked for!
Train yourself to observe your thoughts rather than reacting to them, otherwise you will always be the victim of the untrained mind. Yoga meditation is an excellent method to achieve this.
Yoga meditation follows the eight limbs of yoga and provides the steps to take control of our thoughts. .
The Eight Limbs of Yoga
- Yama-universal codes of conduct.
- Niyama-personal codes of conduct (yama & niyama are the universal and personal ethical codes yoga describe to underpin our actions in the world).
- Asana is an excellent method of keeping the body healthy and strong, and with practice it enables the student to sit still for extended periods.
- Pranayama-Yoga says if the breath is agitated the mind is agitated and prescribes pranayama as the method to create a still mind.
- Pratyahara purifies the mind so that the information which is collected through the senses no longer causes attachment.
- Dharana-Once the mind is free from attachment it is ready for dharana, or the ability to hold the mind steady for long periods.
- Dhyana-now the mind can be held perfectly still for a long time and so loses all sense of the self.
- Samadhi-when the meditator or the seer melds with the object of meditation or the seen. Hatha yoga describes this as Shakti rising to unite with Shiva for a state of union.
The seated posture Padadhirasana is recommended for this practice although any seated posture that keeps the spine upright is acceptable.
Padadhirasana means balancing breath and is perfect for the Kundalini meditation practice. The effect is to balance ida and pingala nadi to encourage prana, or shakti to ascend shushmana nadi to unite with shiva.
- Cross the arms over the front of the chest and place with the hands under the opposite armpits The thumbs pointing upward
- The hands wrapping around the ribs under the armpits
- Close the eyes and become aware of the breath
- Now be aware of the breath rising and falling equally up and down the nostrils. Practice for up to 20 minutes depending on experience
Once the breath is balanced begin nadi shodhana
Take the hand to nasagara mudra and breathe evenly for a few minutes, then,
- Close the right nostril and breath through left nostril for a few minutes
- Repeat other side
- Now begin alternate nostril breathing starting with the left nostril and maintain for 20 minutes
- Be very mindful of the practice and stay the fully aware
- Notice how balanced the breath is and both nostrils are open
KUNDALINI MEDITATION PRACTICE
Now place the hands palms crossed and open in the lap. Once more observe the breath flowing freely up and down the nostrils, the begin to,
- Be aware of the breath rising and falling up and down the spine for few minutes
- Then direct the breath to rise from the tailbone all the way to the middle of the back of the head and down again
- Repeat for 5 minutes
- Now visualise a microscopic channel running the length of the spine with the breath rising and falling and practice for 5 minutes
- Begin to see the breath as the colour red and watch it rising and falling, just like a thermometer and practice for 5 minutes
- Finally see the breath rising to the back of the head and running through the centre of the head and out through the eyebrow centre. With the exhale watch the breath descending back to and out of the tailbone
- Repeat for 10 minutes or until the practice naturally ends