Kundalini Yoga is also known as the Yoga of Awareness; its focus is on self-awareness and delivering an experience of your highest consciousness. The technology of Kundalini Yoga is a science of the mind and body, to elevate the spirit, which has no boundaries, no discrimination. Therefore it is for everyone, universal and nondenominational.
Have you ever wondered where exactly resilience comes from? Why, for example, some people despite intense anguish, seemingly have the capacity to reach what may seem like a fuller sense of potential?
Something from within that allows them to accentuate their inherent talents; a self-efficacy that holds hope and a motivation toward something grander than the self? Perhaps even it is something that is a transcendence which elevates the mind to higher consciousness, the body to increased self-regulatory complexity, and the heart (soul/spirit) towards an interconnectedness of earth energy that allows for harmonious and coherent balance.
These are pertinent questions that, when investigated by the disheartened, have an abundance of easily accessible information; yet, it cannot be negated that this plethora of knowledge often comes with a consumerist based intention. And without due attention to intention, the search for our own inner potential can be exhausted by “feel good”, egocentric, and sometimes “Pollyanna” perspectives that glaze over the true gift of awakened consciousness.
In saying this, how can we begin to understand what it means to transcend suffering and how to awaken our inner potential?
Beneath the surface of the aforementioned “feel good” perspectives there are rich evidence-based sources that contradict the ideology of the quick fix, instead advancing understanding of the importance of consistent contemplative practices.
These sources and their appreciation for traditional methods (refer to further reading below) direct the disheartened towards processes that enhance attention to intention and the self-regulation required for enhanced executive functioning, ingenuity, resourcefulness, and innovation: this is the outcome of awakened full potential.
What do we actually mean by full potential?
In both traditional and evidence-based terms, potential relates to energy. As we know energy can neither be created nor destroyed, however it can be changed (thank you Einstein), therefore when we speak of our full potential, what we speak of is the power to convert the energy that lays within us into an experience of the infinite and the ability to fulfil personal destiny.
So, what does that really mean for you and me?
What this means is that no matter how disheartened, lost, anxious, stressed, or fearful you are feeling, there is the capacity within you to alleviate this suffering and come back to the awakened place within that opens boundless opportunities.
When we continually come back to presence, to the here and now that recognises and pays attention to intention, we allow a space within us for intuit knowing of the “things” (thoughts, feelings, or behaviours) in our lives that we are clinging to that create the anguish we wish to let go of, and a space for the intuit knowing of the “things” in or lives that will serve us well.
Though there is considerable valuable notability on the effectiveness of yoga and meditation in general as the methodology toward full potential, we rarely see a specificity of practice that has the power to teach us the transcendence of suffering as well as to awaken our inherent capacity. Yet, in understanding the roots of traditional practice we come to understand that there are specific approaches that facilitate the awakening of innate potential and the inherent ability of our bodies and minds to expand self-regulatory complexity. Moreover, there are specific traditional approaches, practised at opportune moments within the earths alignment that facilitate the heart to move towards an interconnectedness of earth energy that allows for harmonious and coherent balance.
One such practise is Kundalini Yoga.
Kundalini yoga is a comprehensive synergistic skill set that, as it combines pose and posture, breath work, mudra, mantra, relaxation, and meditation, facilitates a bi-directional feedback and thus an integration between the heart and the brain (physically and spiritually). These are the processes that sub-serve self-regulation and thus elevating us to a place of higher consciousness (Source).
Traditionally, this is seen and understood as the awakening of the coiled energy (the Kundalini) that lays in wait of the bestowers blessing. With a focus on detailed attention, awareness, and consistent moment to moment mindfulness we have the capacity to no longer be enslaved by the world around us, this then opens the opportunity for the awakening of the Kundalini and thus the full potential within.
Moreover, and as aforementioned, Kundalini yoga when practised with mindfulness of the earths alignment can provide a cleansing of the body, mind, and spirit. Meaning, such a practice at the right time of the year expedites a reconnection of the heart-brain which restores not only the nervous and glandular systems, so too the immune system, thus accelerating the establishment of the foundations for full potential.
The exciting news?
Our amazing teacher Samantha Sirgun Lindsay-German joins us regularly in order to dive deep into Kundalini Yoga.
Samantha has a vast knowledge of Kundalini Yoga, and has been teaching it for “many moons” and lets us know that:
The full moon enhances meditation and prayer. With a total lunar eclipse, the blotting out of the Moon this can represent a resetting of your emotions, clearing away the emotional baggage of the previous six months. Perfect for this midway point in this numerological 11 year. The 11 represents Mastery and so this is the perfect time to re group with ourselves and consider how far we have come already this year.
The eclipse season will increase our sensitivity and bring suppressed emotions to the surface. We can use this as an opportunity to recognise:
~ Clearing any programmed reactions that do not serve us,
~ Noticing feelings that do not nurture us,
~ Observing attachments that we don’t really care about and can finally let go of.
Join us on your quest to find your innate destiny. Our aim is to support you during transformational and fortuitous times guiding you in times of reset that transcend suffering and awakens your inner potential.