Basic Components of Kundalini Yoga Breathing In Kundalini Yoga breathing is considered to be an energy delivery system, a conveyor for the life force (prana or chi). It often uses movement in conjunction with breathing to create a very powerful dynamic. Each Kundalini Yoga exercise has a specific breath associated with it. The most commonly used breaths in this system are Long Deep Breathing, Breath of Fire, Segmented Breathing and Rhythmic Breathing in conjunction with movement. Each of these breaths has specific benefits which deepen and accelerate the effects of each exercise. - Its rhythmic aspect creates a harmonic resonance among all systems and organs which synchronises the internal workings of the body and mind. - It oxygenates the blood and purifies the lungs - It remagnetises the cells thus insulating the practitioner from the effects of electro-magnetic pollution - It creates an optimum brain wave balance - On the energy level it engenders benefits in one minute which would've taken up to an hour with normal breathing. In Kundalini Yoga breathing is also used to work through holding patterns in the muscular structure as well as blocks in the psyche. Mudras The word mudra means position or attitude and relates to hand or body poses held during exercises or meditations. It should be understood that these particular configurations are more than symbolic. They create specific circuits in the nervous system, increase blood flow to, and stimulate certain areas of the brain activating energy flows. Mantra In Kundalini Yoga we want to raise the frequency of the energy we garner, so that the self-healing process can be enhanced. We also seek to clear our minds of deep-seated stress, which lessens our effectiveness and ability to seek and find fulfilment in life. To accomplish these tasks we use what's called a mantra. Mantras are sounds or groupings of sounds with a pre-determined vibratory effect. The Science of Sequence In Kundalini Yoga we garner an effect greater than the sum of the parts. Any exercise or set which fulfils this requirement is called a kriya. The literal meaning of the word kriya is completed action. Each set in Kundalini Yoga works on many levels simultaneously, and has been formulated with the recognition of the working relationship between the various energy systems that comprise us. Kundalini Yoga sees the body/mind as a holographic construct, meaning that each part contains the whole. Chakras Chakras are focuses of energy which correspond to nerve plexi or glands. Each chakra has a specific quality or frequency which relates to aspects of our personality and predilections. Kundalini Yoga transforms us by insuring free flow of energy through our body's main energetic centres and meridian lines. The Process of Kundalini Kundalini is the energy which delivers us to our higher potential. This process is gradual and graceful. There are checks and balances built into this system. Accordingly, we never gain access to more energy than we can accommodate and integrate at any given time in our development. Beginners may experience mild phenomena such as light-headedness, or a slight trembling in some of the postures we do. These are part of an initial cleansing and balancing, as the mental and physical toxins of the past are neutralized. Sometimes people mistake this initial clearing for the experience of Kundalini itself. The true experience of Spirit needs no interpretation. One wakens to the true implications of his/her existence and life becomes a smorgasbord of beautiful and powerful options. So, the ultimate purpose of Kundalini Yoga is to attain and maintain higher consciousness. This is not something you go after once and then rest easy. It's an exercise that lasts a lifetime. Accordingly we place a lot of emphasis on the importance of Sadhana which means daily discipline. In Kundalini Yoga we encourage students to tune in to there bodies and not do more than they're ready for. By the same token, we encourage people to do more than they though they could. Thus the whole philosophic underpinning of this system can be expressed in 2 words: Keep Up!