Meditation is a way to help you increase your awareness and intention, release stress and better your own life. But, there are a lot of different practices to follow. Today, we’re going to answer “what is Kundalini meditation,” how to do it and tips on practicing.
You might find that this form of meditation is perfect for you, but if not, don’t worry.
There are a lot of other forms that you can follow, including sound meditation, cord cutting meditation and so many others. We also just wrote a guide on chakra meditation, which we’re sure you’ll love.
What Is Kundalini Meditation?
Kundalini meditation’s origins are somewhat of a mystery, but we do have records of the practice in 500 – 1000 BC. However, the Western world can thank Yogi Bhajan for bringing this practice to a wider audience in the 1970s.
Where things get a bit confusing is that Bhajan states that the practice dates back to 26,000 BC.
But, while we may never know the origins of this practice, we do know that it:
- Remains part of Kundalini yoga
- Revolves around the concept of the base of energy being in the spine’s base
- Includes chakras, starting with the root chakra, or the one in the base of the spine, and releasing energy through the remaining chakras and out of the head, or crown chakra
When you practice this form of yoga, you’re going to purposely release energy in the body to create a sort of communication system between the:
- Mental state
- Physical state
Once you create this communication system through meditation, it will empower you to form a new, internal rhythm, which allows you to experience a higher version of you.
Note: Kundalini meditation is not a religion or set of beliefs.
Many people are under the impression that this meditation is religious-based, but it’s simply a practice that helps you develop mind-body awareness centered around the energy centers inside of you.
How to Do Kundalini Meditation
First, before you do anything else, you need to set your space up properly. Every form of meditation will require this setup, which includes:
- Creating a comfortable space that you can sit in without discomfort for your entire session.
- Removing all distractions from the space, including kids, animals, smartphones and anything else.
- Choosing a mantra that you’ll say during your practice.
- Deciding on how long you’ll practice and when. Many people practice right before bed as a way to wind down for the night.
Finally, you can now begin your practice. I do want to mention that putting meditation practices into words is always a little difficult for me.
Are you more of a visual learner or rather have someone to follow when starting your meditation? We’ve listed quite a few YouTube videos below that can guide you through your first Kundalini meditation practice.
Sit Down and Get Into You Meditation Pose
Sit down with your spine straight and upright. Close your eyes almost 100% but just short of it. Then, you can begin:
- Focus on the present
- Envision energy blocks releasing
Begin Saying the Mantra You Chose Earlier
Mantras help you focus, and you can say one or many throughout your meditation. For example, you may say “sat nam” routinely and then “sat” when inhaling or “nam” when exhaling.
What does this mean?
- Sat nam = trust in my essence
Focusing on Your Breathing
Breathing is one of the most important parts of meditation, and it’s one of the most difficult aspects for people just starting their practice. Focusing on your breath is how many people bring themselves back to the present when their mind begins to wander.
A good way to breathe is 4-7-8 breathing:
- Breathe in for four seconds
- Hold for seven seconds
- Exhale for eight seconds
Focusing on your breath will help you master this form of meditation.
Finish Your Practice Strong
Come out of your meditation slowly. A lot of people are on a time schedule, so they’ll set a timer to alert them when their session is done. You’ll want to take it slow coming out of your practice, by:
- Opening your eyes
- Inhaling slowly
- Exhaling slowly
- Raising your arms in the air
- Getting up
I personally like to spend a few minutes tidying up at the end of meditation to further help clear my mind.
And, that’s really it. Meditation sounds easy when reading and writing about it, but it demands a high level of practice and intention for it to benefit you. Over time, as you progress, slowly increase your meditation practice
Kundalini Meditation YouTube Videos to Follow
10 Min Kundalini Kriya For Awakening For Beginners
If you have a quick 10 minutes, this is a great resource that will help you through your first meditation. The guided video will help you energize your day and clear your mind while filling your body with prana.
Kundalini Awakening – Guided Meditation – Kundalini Meditation
If you would like to go through a longer, guided meditation practice, this video is a good choice. In total, the video lasts for over 30 minutes and will help many people reach a heightened state of awareness for weeks.
Bonus: Kundalini Yoga: Awakening the Shakti Within
Sadhguru is someone that I follow personally and find solace in his teachings. In this video, he does an amazing job at explaining Kundalini meditation in ways that I cannot.
P.S. We’ve also just written a great guide on YouTube sleep meditation that you might enjoy reading.
5 Tips on How to Practice Kundalini Meditation
- Start by following guided meditation practices.
- Heed Sadhguru’s advice that this is a dangerous form of meditation due to its potency and needs the necessary support when attempting it.
- Avoid focusing on perfection and focus on practice and consistency.
- Start meditation with comfortable clothes and in a comfortable space.
- Begin your practice slowly, dedicating just 10 minutes to it per session before increasing.
If you don’t find that Kundalini meditation works for you or it’s just not something you have fun with, read our article Why Doesn’t Meditation Work for Me?
What Is Kundalini Yoga Meditation?
Kundalini yoga meditation uses yoga to improve the flow of energy through the use of breathing exercises, asanas and meditation. Unlike the seated meditation discussed above, this practice is more physically intensive and works to reshape your:
What Is Kundalini Chakra Meditation?
This is a general type of meditation that was discussed throughout this article. Your meditation will move energy through the body and help open up the many chakras that are blocked.
What is Osho Kundalini Meditation?
Osho Kundalini meditation is an in-depth practice that truly warrants its own guide to fully understand. However, the ideas are easy enough to put into words and are listed below:
- Shake and dance meditation
- Four-stage process
- Performed in the late afternoon or at sunset
- Works to improve energy flow
- Brings joy and bliss
The concept is based on dancing and shaking, which is thought to allow liquid to flow into areas where energy is blocked. The entire first two stages of Osho revolve around liquids, while the last two work to push the energy upward.
What Is The Difference Between Kundalini Yoga And Meditation
While Kundalini yoga and meditation are fundamentally different, they do try to bring the same benefits to their practitioners. A few key points to remember are:
- Yoga uses breathing exercises, mantras, poses and meditation.
- Meditation is a consistent practice and an ancient practice that trains just your mind.
And, you can try both yoga and meditation to see which one works best for you. There’s truly no wrong or right answer on which to practice. Some people find yoga tires the body and mind so that they can train the mind, while others may have mobility issues that stop them from doing yoga and would rather focus on meditation.
What is Kundalini meditation?
It’s a way to open your chakras, allow positive energy to flow and helps you reach your fullest potential.
Spiritual practice, or “bettering yourself,” is something that I’ve been trying to focus more on in life. Active meditation seems to help me a lot by allowing positive energy to flow in while helping me release some of the negative energy that seems to creep in from time-to-time.
If you’re looking to open up one of the many chakras you have and expand your awakening of consciousness, give Kundalini meditation a try.
Mike’s an obsessive gnome, always worried about bettering himself, overcoming physical limitations and trying to grow his homestead. He’s a former computer programmer, turned researcher/writer with a focus on health and wellness.