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How Does Yoga Help (Part-10)

Updated on January 25, 2013

This hub is an answer to Josiah's & RDIndia's request.

It gives me immense pleasure to see the overwhelming response I’ve had in respect of my earlier series on Chakras and Kundalini Shakti. I keep getting e-mails / feedback regularly from my visitors / readers seeking clarification on several issues which do come up as one progresses to the highest level of Yoga, the ‘Kundalini awakening’. I realized that most of them were somewhat confused as to the nexus between basic Yoga (Hatha Yoga) and Kundalini Yoga; they were treating both as the same which is not completely true. Hence, I thought of putting a hub together for addressing their concerns and mitigating their doubts, instead of replying to all those e-mails separately.


Yoga, Yogasana and Kundalini

Whether we call it Yoga or Hatha Yoga, both these terms deal with actual physical exercises in which we make use of our limbs and muscles in certain designated ways as stated in ‘Yoga Shashtra’ (Science of Yoga). The objective here is to release the knots and tense points in the body. Yoga helps in treating the body ailments / diseases on a physical level which ultimately benefits the mental aspect also. Yogic exercises help to combat certain common forms of body ‘dis-ease’ which manifest in our daily lives in the form of tightness or stiffness in the neck region, chronic headaches, cervical spondylitis, muscle pains, breathing difficulties, asthma etc. It has been considered by far the best alternate therapy for diseases like asthma, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, digestive disorders and other chronic ailments. A direct benefit of Yoga is the release of dormant energy as a result of which body becomes full of vitality and strength and the mind becomes light, creative, blissful and balanced. It puts some stress on the body in a beneficial manner which goes a long way in making the bones and muscles strong and helps the body in absorbing more oxygen.

Hatha Yoga
Hatha Yoga

The difference between Yoga and Yogasana is that while the former deals with rigorous physical exercises, the latter constitutes techniques which place the body in positions that cultivate awareness, relaxation and concentration. The word ‘Asana’ means to sit in a particular posture and as such ‘Yogasana’ means yogic postures. During Yogasanas, respiration and metabolism rate slows down whereas the converse is true for Yoga. Yogasana arrests catabolism whereas Yoga promotes it.

Whether it is Yoga or Yogasana, the purpose of both is the same; both make the body strong and stable so as to make it ready for handling enormous changes in energy levels, experienced during Kundalini awakening ,which in itself is the highest level of Yoga. Therefore, it is advisable to start the spiritual advancement process with basic yoga (Hatha yoga and yogasanas) in order to make the body strong enough to withstand meditation posture up to 2-3 hours.

Yogasanas are classified into three groups:

1.      Beginners group---which should be performed by first timers / novices, weak, sick or those who are in any way unable to perform the difficult forms of Yoga. This group consists of elementary techniques designed to prepare the body and mind for higher forms of meditation asanas.

2.      Intermediate group---consists of asanas which are relatively difficult and are recommended for those who master the first category with considerable ease. These asanas require a great deal of steadiness, stability, concentration and coordination with breath.

  3. Advanced Group----consists of asanas designed for people who have extensive control over their muscles and nervous system and have already mastered the first two levels. These asanas, in particular, should be necessarily practiced under the supervision of a master / guide, at least for first few months.

Kundalini awakening

It is quite common (during the process of Kundalini awakening) that the practitioner sees things or has visions which might scare him a bit first. However, as the psychic network gets free from blockages and the mind opens its doors for the new (unseen) world, the experiences which might have seemed unusual in the beginning, gradually become a valuable resource of knowledge and emancipation. One just needs to show a lot of perseverance and consistence. Just like anything else, spiritual awakening does not come easily; one needs to work for that. Even for those, who are graced with awakened kundalini since birth (as a result of accumulated Karma), also have to work for developing their abilities and taking it to the advanced stage; the only difference being that in their case, the journey might not take that long.

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      anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

      chubatemjen: It surely does act as an immediate remedy with long lasting results. Thx for your kind comments.

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      chubatemjen 7 years ago

      Today in a world where one is pre-occupied with various task, yoga asna provides a immediate remedy for stress control and induces relaxation of the have made a wonderful describtion...nice reading ..@

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      anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

      myawn: I'm sure you'll never regret it. All the best! Thx for reading this hub and liking it too.

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      myawn 7 years ago from Florida

      I enjoyed the hub I would be a beginner at yoga. It is worth a try. Thanks!

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      anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

      yoga business: You're welcome. :)Yes, its better to be prepared lest it results in unpleasant experiences.

      Thx for stopping by.

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      yoga business 7 years ago

      Hi Anjali, thanks for putting this hub together. Its important for yoga practitioners to know about the kundalini phenomenon so that when it happens they are prepared. Namaste.

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      anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York

      my-success-guru: Yes I've tried this. Thx for your kind words (as usual).

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      my-success-guru 8 years ago from Upstate NY

      Hi Anjali,

      Really insightful Hub. Thanks for informing me about the nexus between basic Yoga (Hatha Yoga) and Kundalini Yoga. Plus, I really needed this reminder of all the powerful health benifits of yoga. The Kundalini awakening sounds very intriguing. Have you tried this?

      Bye :)

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      anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York

      Laila: Wow! That's lovely. You always make me feel great. Yoga is indeed the only harmless and effective way to stay healthy and young. So, best of luck to you and keep going. Thx very much for stopping by.

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      Laila Rajaratnam 8 years ago from India

      Thanks for this hub Anjali..I used to do yoga and felt so very good!Then I got a lilttle lazy,when I started sitting too much in front of the comp.I'm certainly motivated into starting it all over agian!Thanks for the motivation...I'll start from today and mail you that I have started!:)