May 3, 2011


Bhujangasana ~ Cobra

Bhujanga: Serpent, Snake

Bhujangasana increases body heat and destroys disease; no doubt a pose that supports 'Tapas', click for more!

Bhujangasana awakens kundalini. A Kundalini awakening is when energy flows upward freely through the chakras and creates a heightened state of awareness. 
According to Tantra, kundalini energy rests like acoiled serpent at the base of the spine. When this dormant energy flows freely upward through the seven chakras (energy centers) and leads to an expanded state of consciousness, it's known as a kundalini awakening.
For some, the experience can be blissful and filled with feelings of love and a sense of the interconnectedness of all things. For others, it can feel more like a bad drug trip, or even a psychotic break, where practitioners go through altered sleep cycles, changes in identity, or depression. This discrepancy has led many Westerners to fear the coiled serpent resting in their spine, ready to strike.
Kundalini awakenings are rare in Western students because hatha yoga is practiced in a less spontaneous way today. "People are trying to hold the poses in a certain way, as opposed to doing poses that release energy blocks specific to their body." Kundalini reminds us that consciousness is far vaster than most of us have ever imagined, which can seem overwhelming and disorienting. ––

I just returned from my honeymoon in Maui (hence the 8-day break in posting,) which was blissful and filled with feelings of love and a sense of interconnectedness of all things. No, my kudalini did not rise on our island getaway, but I do feel lucky in love and marriage, which I will take over a bad drug trip or psychotic break any day. (Although I look forward to those inevitable parts of holy matrimony as well.)

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