Prana: Sanskrit for life force. Prana is the universal principle of energy or force, responsible for the body’s life, heat and maintenance. This force is dynamic and flowing; when this flow is blocked or slowed, disease and dysfunction occur.
Week five of Yoga Tree Teacher Training: Kundalini Yoga, Chakras and Alignment.
“Kundalini Yoga consists of active and passive asana-based kriyas, pranayama, and meditations which target the whole body system (nervous system, glands, mental faculties, chakras) to develop awareness, consciousness and spiritual strength.” —Yogi Bhajan.
Kundalini Yoga is also known as the Yoga of Awareness. It is a dynamic, powerful tool that is designed to give you an experience of your soul. It combines breath, mudra, eye-focus, mantra, body locks, and postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, and purify the blood. It brings balance to the body, mind, and soul.
Chakras: Sanskrit for wheel; a spinning energy vortex in the subtle body. Although the human body has many of these energy centers, there are seven major chakras that are located along the spine. Each one is responsible for various physical, emotional and mental aspects of life.
Kundalini Shakti: the coil of energy that lies at the base of the spine when in a dormant state and climbs up the spinal column during a kundalini experience. Kundalini Yoga is the practice of awakening this energy to help clear samskaras (imprints left on the subconscious mind by experience, which then color all of life, one’s nature, responses, states of mind, etc). Kundalini ascends only as high as the lowest open chakra. Balance in each of the seven chakras is key to opening up this path to allow the flow of this powerful energy.
My experience with alopecia has left some definite samskaras. I do my very best to stay positive, but it would be dishonest to say that I am completely at peace with living with alopecia. Each day takes some work to feel ‘ok’ about it. Personally, yoga and meditation have been THE very best medicine and I feel way more at peace than I did just a couple of weeks ago! I signed up for yoga teacher training last minute and I am so glad I just went for it. I hope that you turn to yoga and meditation as a way to calm your body and mind from the challenges of dealing with alopecia. Here is a free two week meditation guide that begins today: Secrets of Meditation. Take good care. XO