She-serpent rising … sounds like a Doors song, right? That’s not my imagination, is it? I’m keeping it as the headline for that reason.
Now, what am I talking about when I say she-serpent rising? I’m referencing Kundalini which, in the yoga world, means a spiritual energy located at the base of the spine, represented by a coiled serpent.
Why am I referencing it? Because it’s friggin’ awesome, that’s why. The first couple of times I tried it, I thought, “This ain’t yoga.” It’s not calming, per se. It’s not quiet and relaxed all the time. Not chill like most yoga is chill. Frogs will make your legs burn. Check ’em out.
It definitely has its purpose, though. I mentioned a few posts back that I was laid off from my job. I was cool with it the first few weeks, but now I’m in unemployment for a month and it’s kind of sucking. I hate interviewing. Hate it.
I know, look at it as an opportunity to grow. I do. Growth isn’t always fun, though.
Anyway, I digress. Kundalini yoga. It’s good stuff. Here’s a good little article to help explain it in proper terms.
“The purpose of Kundalini Yoga is to provide a modality by which people can achieve their maximum creative potential, free themselves from Karma (the lasting effects of past actions) and realize their life purpose.”
This stuff works. I mean, all yoga works. It does. It just works. If you get in the habit of doing it every day, you’ll see. These past few weeks, though, when I do Kundalini Yoga, it has helped in multiple ways.
This is when I first noticed the impact. I’ve been doing yoga every morning for a while. I wanted to try something new, so I found a Kundalini class to try it. It wore my butt out.
Here’s the difference, though. I had an interview that day. In-person, real-deal kind of interview. Normally, I fret a little over those … especially now with unemployment and all. I had been on a few interviews, and nothing was panning out. I felt a little depleted, you might say.
I did a Kundalini class and noticed the difference immediately upon the class ending. I felt calm but energized and confident. Something about the breathing and moving and sometimes chanting just pulled it all together for me. It focused me in a different way than yoga normally focuses me.
I read somewhere that Yoga Bhojan, the person who introduced Kundalini Yoga to the U.S., said this type of yoga helps people deal with the everyday — work and stuff we don’t always enjoy. It’s considered a practical form of yoga, by some. It blends physical activity, breathing, mantras and meditation into one big, wonderful practice.
It made me feel superhuman in some ways. OK, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but not entirely. I’m a fairly laid back, quiet kind of person. Something about that practice fired something up in me.
Now every time I do a Kundalini practice, I feel a little stronger. A little braver. A little better about myself.
Lesson 1: If you’re feeling down or depleted, try Kundalini Yoga to build fire and confidence.
There’s something else I have noticed, too. Kundalini is said to clear blockages in your chakras — if you’re into that sort of thing and don’t just do yoga for stress relief and strengthening. I’m totally into that kind of stuff.
Prior to being laid off, I had been moving toward changing my life. I started ironing out steps to get where I wanted to be. A few weeks of constant interviews and rejection, my dreams took a back seat. You know when dreams take a back seat, the mood sinks a bit.
So, for several days, I focused on Kundalini practices. I did one recently that was spectacular. It was called Manifestations: Kundalini Chakra Series with Gloria Latham. I’m told I can share this link with as many people as I want, so I’ll share it here.
This was the most active routine I’ve done to date. There are some that you do seated almost the entire time, but the kriyas — I don’t know how to explain it. The rapid breathing, pumping your stomach in and out just works. Plus, I noticed my skin looked pretty awesome after oxygenating myself like that.
Sometimes you twist back and forth really fast. You may get a little dizzy — I do anyway. When you stop, though, you really feel a difference.
Back to my point, Kundalini helps remove obstacles or blockages in your chakras. You may not believe in that sort of thing, but I think if you give this a try, you may start. I’m sure there is some scientific what-not that explains it all, but I don’t really care about that. What I care about is how it made me feel, and I want others to feel that same way.
After this practice, in particular, but doing other Kundalini practices over the past couple of weeks, my dreams are coming back to me. I’m opening myself up to other possibilities career-wise that may give me more opportunity to pursue what I want to pursue.
I’ve started teaching myself piano. I just happen to buy a piano before losing my job, along with a brand new car — thus my worries about being a month into unemployment. Real piano lessons will commence once I have income again.
Still, this practice is helping with all of that — the uncertainty, the confidence, everything. It’s giving me the will and the strength to consider other roles that I wouldn’t have necessarily considered if I was employed and occasionally looking for a job.
Lesson 2: Kundalini Yoga does what it says it will do. It can help remove blocks in your energy and re-focus your drive to “create your reality.”
It’s changing my entire perspective. It really is. I’m not just feeding you a line of bs. Even writing this blog, I feel more empowered just talking about it. It’s kind of weird — I’ll just say it, but it’s true.
Try the Manifestations practice I shared earlier. See how you feel afterward. I’m interested to hear what you think. Give it a go, and drop me a note in the comments. Tell me if you feel the she-serpent rising. I hope you do.