‘Yoga is a journey of the self. Through the self, to the self’ – Bhagwad Gita
But most people do not know how to embark on such a journey. They want to, but they just don’t know how.
This article will guide you through the process how to do kundalini meditation and go into deep meditation state to discover yourself. We will help you on this journey to meditate deeply.
What is Kundalini?
Kundalini is the latent energy believed to reside at the base of the spine. It can be unleashed by meaningful meditation.
In yogic culture, Kundalini is symbolized by a snake—the unmanifested energy within you. The very nature of kundalini is such that, when it is dormant, you are unaware of its existence. Only when it is awakened, do you realize the immense power within you?
What is Kundalini Yoga?
In a way, all life forms are inclined to Kundalini Yoga. If people aspire to experience life more intensely, then they are doing it right now.
We resort to singing, dancing, inebriation, and even prayer for an in-depth experience of life. Everyone around us, including ourselves, is trying to raise the kundalini.
But we are going about it haphazardly. Only when we approach it in a systematic and methodical manner can we call it meditation.
Only when you approach it scientifically, with a proper method and system, can you call it yoga?
The miracles of awakening your Kundalini
- If your kundalini is aroused through deep meditation, wondrous things, which you would have thought impossible, will start happening around you.
- Whole new levels of energy within you will be unleashed, and you will gain a substantial control over your body and mind.
- These heightened states of energy will result in elevated states of perception.
- It is the best way to make your spine flexible and make a backache
The dangers of doing it wrong
Many sites and guides will flaunt the benefits of Kundalini Yoga when they don’t know the first thing about it.
Even the utterance of the word ‘Kundalini’ is to be revered because it is so enormous in itself. You need to be prepared to release such intense energy into the body, mind, and emotions.
Many people lose their mental equilibrium and physical capabilities if they try to attempt Kundalini Meditation wrongly. Mystic, and yogi, Sadhguru has explained in detail the potentials and dangers of kundalini.
We will steer you into practicing Kundalini Meditation in a responsible and holistic manner.
How to go into deep meditation with Kundalini Yoga
Patience is the key
If you have never spent much time in meditation before, then it will take some time and patience to begin. Even two minutes may seem like a lifetime to you.
But the mind, like any other muscle, must be taught to do your bidding. This will be a slow course. But do not give up.
You cannot start deep meditation like that of Buddhist monks from Day 1. But we assure you, that with consistent sadhana and effort, you will reach there.
The following tips will help your body settle and strengthen your mind to delve into deep meditation.
Things you need for entering a deep stage of meditation
- Yoga Mattress
- Comfortable cushions
- Comfortable clothing
- Shawl/ Headcover
- Bottle of water
Step 1: Get into the correct posture
Sit straight. Support the natural curve of your spine by sitting on a raised pillow. Sitting in a natural position will help you strengthen your core muscles and do deep meditation for longer periods easier. Do not slouch. Do not overexert yourself.
Support your limbs. Do not leave them hanging. A comfortable pose is sitting cross-legged with pillows under your knees or a back jack to support your back. This will help alleviate back problems and take the strain off your hips.
If sitting in a chair, ensure that both your feet are firmly on the ground. Use a meditation cushion to sit comfortably.
Close your eyes slightly.
Step 2: Practice simple breathing exercises
Inhale. Start by inhaling deeply. Break your inhalation in 4 parts so that air can fill your lungs completely. (The inhalation will be like four breaths with slight pauses, without any exhalations in between.)
Exhale. Once your lungs are filled, exhale gently. Like inhaling, this can be done in 4 parts with slight pauses.
Heave your belly button. While inhaling and exhaling, pull your belly button area in towards the spine.
Repeat for up to 3 minutes. Each breathing cycle (inhale & exhale) should take around 7-8 seconds.
End the exercise. After doing the breathing exercise, stop by taking in a deep breath. Push the palm of your hands together and hold them in position for 10-15 seconds. Relax and exhale.
Step 3: Warm up the body
The very purpose of yoga is to lead the body into meditation. Ancient yogis have developed various kriyas and asanas to go into deep meditation.
They help your mind to settle down to begin meditation. These exercises help to increase body circulation and longevity in meditation.
The following Pilates exercises may be tried out for better meditation.
A Root Lock is performed by contracting your anal sphincter and slowly pulling your belly button towards your spine. This should be done by holding your breath.
Sit with your back straight and your legs bent (without crossing your ankles). Place your hands on the knees and gently rotate your pelvis. Complete 26 rotations each in both directions.
It takes 1-2 minutes for each cycle. Relax when you are trying to do this.
Sit with your head straight and shoulders in a relaxed position.
- Inhale and flex your spine forward while arching your back.
- Exhale slowly and bring your spine back to resting position.
- Repeat this for 1-2 minutes.
- End by performing a root lock. Try to keep your head in position throughout this exercise.
- Complete the spinal flex while on your heels. To do this, start by sitting on your heels, on a flat surface. Place both your hands on your thighs. As you inhale, arch your spine forwards. Relax your spine back into a resting position while exhaling.
Sit with your back straight and spine relaxed. Adjust the head by moving it slightly towards the back and bringing down the chin.
- Then, roll your neck slowly in one direction first, and then in the other. Do not try to force your head.
- Focus on the tight spots in your nape and try to release pent-up energy there. Continue the neck rolls for about two minutes.
- Gently sit on your heels. Place both hands on your shoulders with your thumb towards the back.
- While inhaling, twist your body to the left.
- While exhaling, bend your body to the right.
- Twist the head along with the body. Elbows should remain parallel to the ground. Repeat this exercise for 2 minutes.
- Perform a mulbandh/root lock at the end.
Cat Cow stretch:
- Come down on all fours on a yoga mattress. Your knees should be around shoulder-width apart.
- While inhaling, inhale, flex your spine upwards.
- While exhaling, flex your spine downwards.
- Do not bend your arms during the exercise. Repeat for 2-3 minutes.
- Begin by lying flat on your stomach on the floor yoga mattress. Keep both hands on the ground, palm facing downwards.
- While inhaling, flex your spine slowly upwards. Lead with the nose, followed by your chin, then thrust off with your hands.
- Come back into original position while exhaling. Repeat for 2-3 minutes. Finish with a root lock.
Best time to practice these exercises
These kriyas can be done in the morning to boost your energy for the day. They can also be done during the evening to revitalize yourself after a stressful day at work.
Step 4: Finding the right music or mantra
Most Kundalini deep meditations require a music or mantra. There are many variations of these chants. You should find a version that inspires and uplifts you.
Finding the right mantra can make all the difference in your meditation. You can try the following chants to find one that resonates within you:
- The Shakti Mantra to call upon the divine mother
- The Adi Mantra. The Adi Mantra is performed after reaching a calm stage.
- The Panj Shabd Mantra
- The Hari Mantra
Step 5: Saying a prayer of thanks
With your hands folded and eyes closed, gently recite a prayer as a sign of resignation and reverence.
10 Things to do to awaken your Kundalini easily
- Be determined and focused.
- Try, try, and try again.
- Respect and serve others.
- Keep away from all negativity. Embrace a positive
- Believe in the power of profound meditation.
- Maintaining a correct posture is important.
- Evade getting into a dull or sleepy state while meditating.
- Perform gentle breathing exercises and yogic exercises.
- Repeat a devotional mantra while meditating.
- Draw the Kundalini from above, rather than forcing it. Say ‘yes’ to the energy of life.
Kundalini Meditation has miraculous benefits. It results in greater sensitivity and higher energy levels. It increases the internal peace.
Kundalini yoga can increase the flexibility of your spine. It reduces lower back pains and shoulder stress.
But you should not attempt it without the necessary preparation, without constant, expert guidance and observation.
Always start at the beginning and take it one step at a time. With persistence and sadhana, you will be able to explore the magical world of Kundalini Meditation.
We hope that this article on how to meditate deeply has been helpful to you, and will guide you in raising your Kundalini!