A practical and inspiring introduction to the key components of Kundalini Yoga, giving you all the tools you need for a calm, happy and radiant life.
In this fully illustrated introduction to the wonders of Kundalini, yoga teacher Kathryn McCusker teaches us how to activate the infinite power present in us all. Lying dormant at the base of the spine, Kundalini energy can be awakened by a range of techniques, from yoga poses, meditation and breathing exercises to mantras, mudras, body locks called bandhas and more. Moving through the spine, this energy re-balances each of the body’s seven major chakras (energy centres), calming our nervous system, balancing the mind and re-energising our entire being. Stage by stage, this insightful book shows how to make Kundalini practice a part of even the busiest life, no matter how much or little yoga or meditation you’ve done in the past. It begins with an easy-to-follow account of the subtle body, the energetic part of you that includes the chakras and Kundalini itself. There is advice on all aspects of preparation, from motivation and setting up a practice space to using diet and ritual to purify your body and mind. Step-by-step exercises then illustrate the key stretches and yoga poses, there is a chapter on the vital art of pranayama (breath control) and another explains how to deepen your practice through the use of mantras (sacred sounds), mudras (hand gestures) and yantras (sacred diagrams). Finally, the twelve guided meditations in the last chapter, each one an effective combination of the techniques already explained, empower you to address specific issues you may like to enhance in your life, whether balance, creativity, love, anxiety, anger or fatigue. Designed to be easily integrated into daily life, the nurturing guidance in this book allows absolutely anyone to draw on the Kundalini power already present in their body to achieve lasting health and happiness.
About Everyday Kundalini
This book explains, in guided stages, how to awaken kundalini, the powerful life force present in us all, allowing you to experience insights and creativity through meditation as well as incredible levels of energy.
First you must become aware of the energy channels running along the spinal cord – the nadis – and the chakras or energy centres which are strung along the nadis like jewels in a necklace. Next, by practising purification rituals, breathing exercises called pranayama, meditation, yoga poses and mudras (hand positions), you can ensure that kundalini is drawn up through the spine, opening each chakra in turn and causing it to ‘bloom like a flower’.
A special feature of the book is the guided meditations targeting common problems and issues – for example, releasing anger, lifting depression, promoting healing and inviting love into your life. This beautiful, inspiring yet practical book will bring you to a whole new level of awareness, inner peace and insight.