Can Kundalini Yoga Be Offered In Yoga Therapy?
In modern days, especially in the west, people have relegated yoga to only exercise classes with mental and spiritual bonus points. However, in other places like India, yoga is still a historical path to higher consciousness. Different parts of this path lead to spiritual, mental, and emotional benefits. They can be both physical and mental like it is the case in Kundalini yoga. What is Kundalini yoga, and can it be offered in yoga therapy?
What is Kundalini yoga?
Kundalini “is the primal creative energy that animates life.” Kundalini yoga is a traditional form of yoga that comprises of specific yoga postures, movements, mantras, and breathing techniques. Every technique included in this type of yoga has profound effects on both your mind and body. Also known as the Yoga of Awareness, the core effects of it may be:
- Balanced nervous system
- Body tension release
- Induce deep relaxation
- Better stress management
As the name (Kundalini) suggests, this type of yoga works only with your Kundalini, also known as Shakti. But you offer Kundalini yoga in yoga therapy for people with mental disorders? The answer is no. Here is a bit of explanation of why the answer is no.
Kundalini yoga dangers
Kundalini pervades the body in its ordinary form. It is the life force. But there is another dormant form of Kundalini based at the base of everyone’s spine, in the sacrum. The dormant Kundalini represents the full potential energy of human awareness, which is unleashed when you awaken Kundalini. It happens in a variety of ways, such as chanting, meditation, and doing yoga asanas. But the awakening can also happen when you experience a near-death experience or when someone comes into contact with your Kundalini master.
When it comes to yoga therapy, especially for people with mental disorders, Kundalini awakening is not without its peril. Too fast awakening of Kundalini energy leads problems. For example, problems like the energy being diverted into spine channels like Ida and Pingala can lead to a spiritual emergency. It can lead to feelings of bliss and ecstasy, which may lead to unpleasant, intense signs such as vibrating, spasms, searing sensations, burning, and jerking.
Also, Kundalini yoga can provoke psychic diseases in different ways. For example, Kundalini energy awakening can lead to uncontrollable emotions, which can resemble a psychotic breakdown. Awakening the energy may also unlock long-represses memories of violations and trauma, which can lead to a nervous breakdown.
Why do you need a guru during Kundalini’s awakening?
Kundalini awakening is a transformation process that involves power energy current awakening that affects your mind, body, and spirit. To avoid the grave danger that comes with Kundalini awakening, you need the guidance of a qualified yoga. Without proper guidance, Kundalini becomes a raw destructive power, which, when loosened, it affects your body and the psyche. The subtle energy is not measured like any other ordinary nerve circulation, but qualified yogis have ways of preventing the danger that comes with kundalini awakening.
In other words, the Kundalini yoga’s objective is to help awaken your full potential and help you become a happy, holy, and healthy person. But in yoga therapy, it can provoke mental diseases due to the uncontrolled sensations, long-repressed memories, and intense sensations. It also rushes high voltage energy to your brain through the spinal cord hollow tube known as the Sushumna. But this high voltage energy can damage your electrical grid. The electrical grid of the body, according to B.K.S. Iyengar Swami Vivekananda, includes the nerves (Wiring), Chakras (circuits), and bandhas (gates or locks). The damage can cause grave danger to the brain, leading to mental diseases.