What is Kundalini?

“She is beautiful, like a chain of lightening

Night, Lightening, Landscape, Light, Sky

and fine like a lotus fibre,

Fresh, Plant, Flowers And Plantsand shines

Light, Glass, Lotus, Flames, Burning

in the mind of the sages.

Meditation, Spiritual, Yoga, Meditating

She is extremely subtle; the awakener of pure knowledge; the embodiment of all Bliss, whose true nature is pure Consciousness”.


Sat Cakra Nirupana.


Many people know ‘Kundalini Yoga’ as a physical practice involving postures and breath work. And it’s a very fine practice.

And more than that: Kundalini  is the energy that creates this whole universe, that which brings everything into being. In the human form, having been brought into being, Kundalini rests and becomes ‘dormant’.

The practices of all the forms of yoga, physical and otherwise, gradually, bit-by-bit, very gently, help to awaken the latent creative energy of Kundalini within.   And in so doing, there is a chance of loosening the chains of thoughts, beliefs and life experiences, which can elevate from survival level to finer qualities of life and experience.

The Kundalini System is expressed diagrammatically through the Cakras, Aura, Chakra, Meditation, Contemplation

each one holding key concepts, an element, and a sense and symbolizes a ‘level of consciousness’ that applies to the human condition.


Through working through the issues and the signature concepts that are represented by each level of consciousness, there is an opportunity to begin to let go of the blockages that prevent us from knowing our true being and reaching our full Human potential.

It’s worth mentioning that it’s possible that through engaging in very strong mechanical Kundalini awakening practices, these blockages may be forcibly removed before the aspirant is ready, and this can cause trauma. Some of the danger stories of arousing Kundalini energy come from this too early, forced arousal through mechanical means. Swami Sivananda Radha says in Kundalini for The West,  ” The warnings about the practice of Kundalini Yoga, particularly without the help of an experienced teacher, are well-founded”… However, “There is no need to be fearful about the path of Kundalini when it is practiced with the help of an experienced teacher”.

By looking at the issues that we experience as human beings one at a time, and seeing what we think about them, how we stand by them, it’s possible to come to a deeper qualites of  seeing, feeling, experiencing and knowing how we want to live our lives in the world.

These ideas and concepts can be explored through  practices that by-step the intellect, allowing inspiration and information to arise from the intuitive mind, creating the possibility for new insights to arise.

“In the course of spiritual growth,  all of our concepts, ideas and beliefs have to be investigated and re-evaluated over and over again. What you are thinking now may hold no value in three months or three years. You will have grown, your awareness will have increased and your level of understanding will have risen. From being a sleepwalker a hypnotised or conditioned person, you gradually become a person who is aware. The process of waking up from ignorance and delusion, of becoming free from as many limitations as possible, and eventually of reaching the goal of Cosmic Consciousness – this is the purpose of the path of Kundalini”. Swami Sivananda Radha, Kundalini for The West.

‘The Kundalini system is a very straightforward and direct path that expresses eternal truth; it is alive now. Cakra means “wheel’ and wheel implies movement. So you want to move from the position where you are now in your personal development to something more elevated and intense. You can do this by reflecting on how you have learned in the past and what you could do differently. Where do you want to go? What do you want to achieve?” Swami Sivananda Radha ‘Yoga. A Path To Awareness’,

“The yogic path is the pursuit of liberation from all limitations. We have to begin where we are… The path of Kundalini is precise in its minute development; it is a good and safe guide”.  Kundalini For The West, Swami Sivananda Radha

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The Alchemy of Hatha Yoga

This morning I am looking at working with Asanas that move my energy from the third Cakra at the navel, Manipura, City of Jewels, to the fourth cakra at the heart, Anahata, the place of Unstruck Sound.

I’m considering the relationship between the psoas muscle and the crura of the diaphragm, the ligaments that attach the diaphragm to the lumbar vertebrae.

Their attachments to the spine are both located in the area of Manipura cakra, and today I am considering how looking at the relationship between them can inform my practice.Their relationship and functions bring to mind the downward triangle of Manipura cakra, and the balance of the downward and upward triangles at Anahata cakra. This speaks to me of the potential for me to take my energy either upwards or downwards, and harmonizing it at the heart. By working consciously with the energy of Manipura Cakra, I can engage my will and apply it to my enquiry.

Physically, the diaphragm is the boundary between the lower and upper chakras, and the fire cakra, Manipura, a place of potential transformation.

The psoas connects to the lumbar and even the 12th thoracic vertebra at the level of the 12th rib so has a role to play in the mechanism of breathing, exerting an influence of the quality of experience at the level of the chest.

And, the psoas connects the Manipura cakra to the legs via its insertion at the lesser trochanter at the top of the inner thigh.

It occurs to me that my legs carry me forward. By being conscious of the location of the psoas I can choose what action I want to take forward with this enquiry.

If I can free up and lengthen through my psoas, I create freedom for my energy to move upwards, which is my chosen desire, to move the energy from my third to my fourth Cakra.

The ligaments of the diaphragm, the crura, connect to the lumbar vertebrae at L3 and 4, also in the area of Manipura Cakra.

Consciously working with the breath in my practice with this enquiry can bring my awareness up to the light and expansive quality of air in the chest at Anahata, the Heart Cakra.

This helps me to consider how I can raise my awareness from the egoism and will of Manipura Cakra to the freedom and expansiveness of altruism, qualities I associate with the Heart Cakra.

Within just the physical practice alone, I ask myself how I can move from imposing my will on my body, to altruism and practicing in a way that is best for the overall wellbeing of my entire being, not just the physical.

I am struck by the gift of transformation available through the alchemical practice of Hatha Yoga, and how working at one level of enquiry ripples through every level of my consciousness.