When Are You Ready to Practice Kundalini Yoga?

When Are You Ready to Practice Kundalini Yoga?

Is practicing Kundalini Yoga dangerous?

Kundalini Yoga is in fact a very powerful path within the spiritual system of Tantra that can catapult a practitioner to the next realm of their evolution and spiritual development. It is the crème de la crème  in terms of powerful techniques and practices that are both obscure and secret to non-initiates.

However, it is fair to say that practicing Kundalini Yoga before a practitioner is ready and has taken the necessary steps to prepare their mind, bodies (yes plural) and spirit can be quite dangerous.

But how can it be dangerous if so many people are doing it?

An important distinction needs to be made here between modern Kundalini Yoga and that of the ancient and classical order. What is taught in more mainstream yoga establishments throughout the world is not reflective of the traditional Kundalini Yoga that is described in the original tantric texts. The texts themselves are written in a codified language and the practices that encompass the Kundalini path are encrypted in such a way that only initiates or spiritual masters possess the key to unlock their meaning and execution.

This modernized version of Kundalini Yoga is a blend of several practices stemming from different spiritual principles and ideologies, and therefore do not carry the same potency and efficacy as the ancient original art. Nevertheless, many people still gain some nice and subtle effects even from the new age approach.

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What is Kundalini exactly?

Kundalini comes from the Sanskrit language and translates to the word “coiled” in English, like a coiled snake or serpent. Kundalini shakti, or energy, is a cosmic potential that is located in the root chakra of every human being but lies dormant and asleep for most. It is the means for deepening our connection to our ultimate spiritual purpose and for reuniting us with the Divine Source itself, our true nature.

In her contained state, Kundalini shakti is a tightly coiled static power with an incredible amount of potentiality. This is where Kundalini Yoga can serve a great purpose. The techniques and practices contained within this secret science can slowly awaken the latent potential of this divine spiritual power and drive it upwards through subtle channels of the spine.

What ensues is nothing short of magical and mysterious. A practitioner of authentic Kundalini Yoga can experience an entire remodeling of their being – physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically – as well as a spiritual illumination of a great magnitude.

An on/off switch?

Kundalini shakti does not act like an on/off switch, as though today it is off and tomorrow it will be fully turned on and activated with the flip of a switch. This supreme power echoes more so the functionality of a dimmer light switch, whereby the cosmic force is incrementally turned on and activated slowly to allow for harmonious integration and assimilation into the infantile energetic system and subtle bodies of the practitioner.

At advanced stages a state of enlightenment may be reached – technically called Samadhi in yoga. In this pivotal moment a practitioner becomes one with all of creation, transcends duality and the clutches of karma as well as emerges as their own guru.


Herein lies the dangerous part

Now that the power and potential of Kundalini shakti are better understood the dangers that can ensue become more clear when a premature arising occurs in a neophyte practitioner. In order for Kundalini to seamlessly rise through the proper energetic channels the pathway must be clear, pure and unencumbered.

Such purity is rare to find in modern people of today. Our lifestyles are such that we accumulate unwanted toxins and impurities through the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, toxic substances such as alcohol and tobacco, ill health, past surgeries, medications, stress, poor posture, inactive lifestyles, negative emotions, traumas and mental discord.

These various sources of pollutants soil our physical body, the subtle bodies and our interwoven energetic substructure beyond that. To try and push Kundalini shakti through such a system would be the equivalent of trying to push 10,000V of electricity through an old, faulty wire that is only designed to sustain 120V. A burnout is inevitable and negative and damaging effects can result.

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How to properly prepare?

On our Yogic Path the Kundalini program is introduced at Level 15 within our curriculum. This gives spiritual aspirants 14 levels to properly cleanse, prepare and develop their fragile infrastructure into a refined and powerful system capable of receiving and managing the force of Kundalini shakti.

This may sound like a long and arduous road to a beginner, but rest assured the journey to the Kundalini program is both exhilarating and mesmerizing in and of itself.

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Tantra Yoga:

Ancient Tantra Hatha Yoga is not a stretchy type of yoga but rather a meditative practice that is energetically based. The yoga poses that make up this system help to purify the body while enlivening important energy channels and centers. Tantra Yoga is a crucial step in preparing the energetic body for the Kundalini program.

1. Kriya Yoga:

Different than the Kriya Yoga of the Yogananda lineage, this Kriya Yoga system is derived from the Shatkarma Kriyas. It is a classification of purification techniques that help to restore the body to a natural and healthy state and internally cleanse the mind, the body and the emotions for spiritual beautification and preparation. Kriya Yoga is a crucial step for preparing the physical body for the Kundalini program.

2. Tantra Yoga:

Ancient Tantra Hatha Yoga is not a stretchy type of yoga but rather a meditative practice that is energetically based. The yoga poses that make up this system help to purify the body while enlivening important energy channels and centers. Tantra Yoga is a crucial step in preparing the energetic body for the Kundalini program.

3. Tantric Meditation:

The mind plays an important role in the awakening and raising of Kundalini shakti. Ultimately energy flows where the mind goes. If the mind is very chaotic in nature the energy will flow chaotically as well. Therefore a disciplined and commanding mind is essential and of the utmost importance in preparing for the Kundalini program and Tantric Meditation is the ultimate tool for mastering the mind.

4. Pranayama:

Likened to breathing gymnastics and hyperventilation techniques nowadays, pranayama, in actual fact, is the controlling of the prana, or life force energy. Once a practitioner has sufficiently purified through Kriya Yoga and opened vital energy channels through Tantra Yoga they are ready to practice pranayama. This technique is the driving force behind rising Kundalini Shakti along the spine.

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Are all these steps really necessary?

The readiness of a practitioner is not a new age concept but rather an age-old tradition that is documented in many spiritual texts.

Take the “Autobiography of a Yogi” for example. Yogananda was a motivated spiritual aspirant and deeply desired to reach enlightenment. After only 6 months under the supervision of his guru, Sri Yukteswar, Yogananda asked that he be granted this higher state of consciousness. His great guru denied him, which provoked Yogananda to embark on a journey to the Himalayas in search for a guru who would fulfill his wish. After many challenges and misdirection Yogananda finally reached Ram Gopal, the sleepless saint.

Upon prostrating before him the young yogi asked, “Sir, why don’t you grant me a samadhi”?

And the great saint replied, “Dear one, I would be glad to convey the divine contact, but it is not my place to do so. Your master will bestow that experience shortly. Your body is not tuned just yet. As a small lamp cannot withstand excessive electrical voltage, so your nerves are unready for the cosmic current. If I gave you the infinite ecstasy right now, you would burn as if every cell were on fire”.

This short story is just one small, yet poignant example of the seriousness of preparedness when it comes to Kundalini Yoga. Yogananda was a very pure and innocent young man, who was not only ascetic his entire life, but lived at a time where the living conditions were much more pristine than today. Even he had to accomplish years of practice and purification and succumb to the grace and discernment of his guru before he was ready for the all-pervading, all-encompassing Kundalini rising.

A path well paved

Just as there are steps in learning how to play the violin or becoming an accomplished athlete or a master chef, there are also stages and phases for studying and practicing authentic spirituality safely and successfully.

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Somananda is the founder and head teacher of Somananda Tantra School - a spiritual school of Meditation, Yoga and Tantra. He has been practicing and teaching these ancient treasures across the globe for two decades.
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