In the practice of yoga, Kundalini is believed to be an invisible, latent form of energy thought to resemble a coiled serpent that lies at the very base of your spine. According to the Institute for Consciousness Research, activating or raising Kundalini imay help bring about heightened states of consciousness and mental functioning, including potentially enhancing creativity, inspiration, revelation, mystical experience and paranormal faculties of mind. You can raise your Kundalini through the practice of meditation and focused visualization.
Sit in a cross-legged position with your buttocks resting on a cushion specifically designed for meditation, or on a folded blanket. Rest your hands on your knees, palms facing up, with your thumbs and index fingers touching. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing, imagining each breath stemming from the very base of your spine, filling your entire body and ending at the top of your head. On the exhale, imagine the process occurring in reverse, emptying your head, then your chest and finally, the base of your spine, of air. Practice breathing like this for several minutes.
Place your right hand in front of your lower abdomen, palm facing up. Rest your left hand on top of your right, palm also facing up. Lower your head slightly to gaze inwardly at your heart center.
Direct your attention to the base of your spine, near your coccyx. Imagine a tightly coiled serpent waiting to spring up the entire length of your spine. Tighten your buttocks and then release. Squeeze your pelvic floor muscles to build Kundalini energy in this area, allowing the energy to accumulate for a few minutes.
Raise your left hand up slowly in front of your body while rotating your right hand slowly in a clockwise direction around your left hand. Mentally instruct your Kundalini to rise up to your head. Keep raising your left hand up until you reach the top of your head, imagining that you're pulling the Kundalini energy up through your body.
Picture the energy filling your head to the brim. Tie an imaginary knot over your head when your hands reach the top of your head, visualizing that you're tying the ends of a long rope, ending with your hands spread out wide above your head. Perform this action three times.
- Practice this meditation at least once a day for one month for optimal results.
Ashley Miller is a licensed social worker, psychotherapist, certified Reiki practitioner, yoga enthusiast and aromatherapist. She has also worked as an employee assistance program counselor and a substance-abuse professional. Miller holds a Master of Social Work and has extensive training in mental health diagnosis, as well as child and adolescent psychotherapy. She also has a bachelor's degree in music.