Kundalini Yoga Training
© 2003 - Guru Rattana, Ph.D.
Activating the Kundalini
Each of us in our own way is charming, creative and alive. We
are each born with the innate capacity to able to both master
and accept our circumstances. If we use our gifts wisely we can
accomplish much and achieve happiness. The human path is about
learning to connect with our soul essence, tap our vital energy
and discover our gifts so that we can successfully navigate our
Kundalini is this dormant potential in each of use. The Kundalini
is the internal fire that ignites our Soul. Raising the Kundalini
is about activating our internal flame, unleashing our passion
for life and taming our fiery emotions so that we can use our
energy to live an exciting and fulfilling life.
spirit of our soul is always available to us. Kundalini yoga was
created to help us
Tap the magical powers of the Divine within
Cultivate our internal fire
our charismatic presence
our will to act and create
Transmute fear into prana and vitality
Enliven ourselves with the breath of life
our Kundalini - the power of your Soul
How do we tap the fire, the passion, the magnetic presence and
the unlimited energy that the Kundalini represents?
The Awakening Process
Kundalini is the boundless energy of our Soul. it lies dormant,
ready and waiting to be awakened. The awakening process involves
3 complementary principles.
Activation is the conscious effort or the masculine aspect.
Activation is associated with practicing a discipline involving
techniques designed to shift energy. Activation involves some
form of action or "doing."
Allowing is the conscious acceptance of what is occurring.
Allowing is the feminine aspect. Allowing involves simply being,
doing nothing, but at the same time being very aware of what is
Alignment is the integration or the result of activation
and allowing. The goal is two fold (1) to align our energy with
universal energy, so that universal energy effortlessly flows
through us and (2) to align our body, mind and emotions so our
infinite potential is unleashed within us.
practice of Kundalini yoga incorporates these 3 principles.
Activation takes place with the practice of asanas or yoga
exercises. When it is properly functioning, the release of the
energy of the Kundalini is facilitated. The power of the exercises
is enhanced with the breath and the internal recitation of mantras.
The exercises strengthen the nervous system, stimulate the glands
to secrete, loosen up the muscles and align the skeleton. The
body is the temple of the Soul.
Allowing happens when we relax, let go and stop trying
to make something happen. We are programmed to try to control
ourselves, the events in our lives and our environments. Yet perhaps
90% of what happens within ourselves and in our lives happens
beyond our control. Ideally we would spend equal time simply being
aware of what is happening and tuning into the reality of what
IS. By simply allowing, we not only expand our awareness of what
is transpiring within about outside ourselves, we release the
resistance that prevents our energy from flowing and things from
happening in our lives.
Alignment has both and active and a passive component.
The active component involves "applying the locks" or
performing subtle internal movements in the chakras and along
the spine. The passive component happens naturally when the blocks
in the body have been released. The physical and energy bodies
automatically align when the resistance to the natural state and
flow is gone.
goal is to access, activate and increase the energy flow in our
bodies. There are several ways to do this. The practice of Kundalini
yoga incorporates the following principle techniques.
or exercise which opens channels in the body and causes the
glands to secrete.
the energy contained in the breath
our innate energy to flow by releasing resistance and blocks
ourselves to receive Divine energy by opening our chakras and
or Bhandas create a posture that is maintained while
the breath is held out or in. The slight movements in the muscles
align the body so the energy in the spine can flow upward, not
downward. Lock refers to the action performed by the locks before
a dam, which prevent water, or in this case energy, from being
released in a backward or downward direction. The term locks should
not be interpreted as a forceful constriction. The idea is not
to block the energy but to open up the spine so that the energy
can flow easier and be released upward. A more gentle way to relate
to the locks is to view them as ways to open up the flowers or
the pedals of the lotuses along the spine.
to Apply the Locks
while holding a posture (after the exercise is completed), creates
a dynamic space for movement of energy. In general, the locks
are applied while holding the posture after completing a yoga
exercise. This direction is not always specified. It assumed that
the student will gently apply the appropriate locks to anchor
in the internal effects of the asana.
Rootlock or mulbhand closes the lower three chakras so that the
energy cannot be lost or leaked out through the base of the spine.
As a consequence the energy stays in the body and can flow up
the spine. As with all the locks, rootlock is done either while
holding the breath in or holding the breath out.
complete rootlock is done by slightly contracting the muscles
of the rectum or anal sphincter, and the sex organ and pulling
the navel center in toward the spine. To identify and work with
the muscles of each of the chakras, practice working with them
When the mulbhand is applied while retaining the breath, the two
major energy flows, prana and apana are united. This generates
psychic heat which triggers the release of Kundalini energy.
LOCK OR UDDIYANA BHANDA
Diaphragm lock works with the solar plexus and the heart chakra.
It is actually easier to apply this lock while holding the breath
out. The diaphragm muscles are pulled in and up. Start by sucking
in the solar plexus, pull the muscles toward the spine and then
pull them up. The chest will expand and the spine will straighten.
lock massages the heart muscle and causes the thymus to secrete.
It is also used during chanting. Rhythmically applied, it enhances
the effect of chanting.
LOCK OR JALANDHARA BHANDA
The neck lock involves a very subtle movement. Move the chin down
slightly and pull the head up. The chest will open up. You will
move from a slumped posture and caved in chest to a straighter
posture and open heart center. The shoulders should relax, drop
and release downwards. The tongue and throat should relax.
the cervical vertebrae allows the free flow of prana to the brain
and opens the connection between the head and the heart.
AND EYE LOCK
Yogic texts stop with the neck lock. However, to complete the
stimulation of the 6th and 7th chakras, what we will call the
tongue and eye locks are also applied. The tip of the tongue presses
gently to the roof of the mouth. The eyes look up as though looking
out the top of the head. You may feel the pulse at the crown chakra
(the soft spot on a baby's head.)
Mahabhanda is the application of all the locks at once. When all
the locks are applied, the nerves and glands are rejuvenated.
on the heels with the knees spread wide apart, palms on the
rootlock and relax it
diaphragm lock and relax it
Apply neck, tongue and eye locks and relax them
the locks while holding out the exhale
in rhythmic alternation for 3-11 minutes
very present to the energy movement along the spine
how the slight movements and adjustment to your position effect
the flow of energy
the same concepts as above - ACTIVATE, ALLOW AND ALIGN
make sure to take the time and attention to really enjoy with
is happening in your body!
bhanda exercise is also an excellent preparation for tantric sex.
It allows the sexual energy to move up the spine instead of being
© 2003 - Guru Rattana, Ph.D.