Yoga

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifzRKFxaaB8 - The Only 6 Stretches You Need to Become Flexible
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_PhU-jMPRM - Yoga to release the hips & hamstrings (15min)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyaBxj_vG6g - 10min Yoga stretch & release
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynN4jtASYC0 - Hips & Hamstring Stretches - Beginner Yoga Poses & Exercises For Hip Mobility
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDLad2vOHkU - 7-Minute Yoga Workout for Older Adults
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtVdCsyKrpI - Movement medicine I feet I hips I spine (20min)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsPUAppdfqs - Seated Hip Opener Yoga Sequence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7I4cKIK29O4 - 7 Tight Hip Stretches - Ask Doctor Jo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBa1sQmcKjA - BÀI TẬP ĐIỀU TRỊ THOÁI HÓA, GAI, THOÁT VỊ ĐĨA ĐỆM CỘT SỐNG, ĐAU THẦN KINH TỌA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CujvBLqTwjI - 9 Common Flexibility Mistakes | How To Stretch Properly
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxKq84cF6Eg - Hip-opening yoga stretches

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSyXpxQOcyY - The Miracle Exercise - Cell Power
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzAriIFh-ek - HOW TO TRAIN MIDDLE SPLITS | kinkysweat
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n78PS4zq3D8 - The Proper Technique for the Seated Hamstring Stretch: 3D Animation of Muscles in Motion
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWhcaEs843Y - MY FLEXIBILITY STORY | kinkysweat
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tivJ8gM3X3M - How To Do A Press To Handstand Tutorial
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PvhiVkJjHg - How to get a higher leg hold
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZNU6NKe5EY - Hip Stretch - Unlock the hidden fire!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KXSjQ21o54 - Face Yoga 101 with Celebrity Facial Yoga Trainer Koko Hayashi

Yin Yoga - YOGI:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSdljpMJ_OY - Yin Yoga for Happy Kidneys
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VC14729xQQ - YOQI Yin Yoga for a Happy Liver
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k400GCKsx2I - Yin Yoga for Happy Lungs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp_wI2cIavk - YIN YOGA FOR A HAPPY HEART

Yoga - David Procyshyn:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDQNqZMv1V0 - Yoga For Hips, Hamstrings and Lower Back with David Procyshyn | DoYogaWithMe.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtt-nJacnw8 - Hatha Yoga with David Procyshyn: Deep Release for the Shoulders and Neck
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAGPNsFMOYE - Hatha Yoga with David Procyshyn: Sciatica Relief
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK7iPuDbf-M - Hatha Yoga with David Procyshyn: A Seated, Whole Body Flow
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFSYYTMzemY - Yoga for the Hands, Arms and Shoulders with David Procyshyn | DoYogaWithMe.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzzp1gxZd0U - Yoga for Stress Relief with David Procyshyn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ_7iCK6zRs - Yoga for Runners with David Procyshyn: A Stretch for the IT Band with David Procyshyn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02obbWZk5jg - Hatha Yoga with David Procyshyn: Yoga for the Upper Back
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWuQ7v7xAOs - Hatha Yoga with David Procyshyn: Release the Neck
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK7iPuDbf-M - Hatha Yoga with David Procyshyn: A Seated, Whole Body Flow
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrvr-cHh6G0 - Hatha Yoga for David Procyshyn: Establishing Core Strength II
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5Es6vC8nb4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3ICiNpIaDc - Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga with David Procyshyn: An Evening Flow: From Vinyasa to Deep Relaxation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxza_hIrwpA - Hatha Yoga Therapy for the Lower Back with David Procyshyn

Yoga - Travis Eliot:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iOgE_2uvj0 - Yin Yoga FULL Class with Travis Eliot Courtesy of Bighead Marketing Online.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOKbSqm-crc - Yin Yoga "Healthy Hips" (FULL Class) with Travis Eliot
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVkXRhDsGTU - FULL Power Yoga "Detox" Class (60min.) with Travis Eliot - Level Up 108 Program
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riSgNOcuxAw - FULL Yin Yoga "Foundations" Class (45min.) with Travis Eliot - Flexibility & Beyond Program

Yoga - Rodney Yee:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip2L5oOJZP0 - Flexibility Yoga for Beginners with Rodney Yee - Hip Openers | Yoga | Gaiam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQZcQQaZQLw - Back Care Yoga with Rodney Yee | Yoga | Gaiam

Yoga - Yoga Journal & Jason Crandell:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25H3cWIMXwY - Beginner's Yoga: 15-minute Relaxing Practice from Yoga Journal & Jason Crandell
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyqHraoVSDA - Beginner's Yoga: 15-Minute Awakening Practice from Yoga Journal & Jason Crandell

Yoga - Clayton Horton:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIFZtO4WC9Y - Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series with Clayton Horton

Yoga - Laruga Glaser:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehNvZ1tKRI0 - Ashtanga Fundamentals | 20 minutes class | Laruga Glaser

Yoga - Yoga Dose:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0cLgFg4Zsw - Morning Total Body Yoga Burn Workout - Vinyasa Flow | Yoga Dose

Yoga - Sri Sri:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2W3nwYifLs - Sri Sri Yoga

Yoga - Fiji McAlpine:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-y4-bY6vyI - Vinyasa Yoga with Fiji McAlpine: Chakra Flow Yoga Class
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6fvsKNbA44 - Vinyasa Yoga with Fiji McAlpine: Self Esteem Flow
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKdQcuzNO2o - Vinyasa Yoga w/ Fiji McAlpine: Rhythm & Routine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQmXJsuFJ-w - Power Yoga with Fiji McAlpine: Chakra One Flow
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkhEXPwRRrY - Power for Deep Release Yoga Class with Fiji McAlpine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MArFYWcP_ns

Hatha Yoga with Melissa Krieger:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nj6r1-AncjA - Hatha Yoga with Melissa Krieger: Bend and Stretch

Yoga with Tracey Noseworthy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7SMMmIdgS4 - Power Yoga with Tracey Noseworthy: Working with Transition and Change (Advanced Class)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCk5ob6nuBI - Yoga with Tracey Noseworthy: In the Moment

Yoga - Beginners:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgvz9Uza4d8 - Yin Yoga Class ~ Surrender
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nw-TAMUWP3g - 5 Minute Yoga | Morning Yoga for Beginners | Yoga With Bird
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8uDl0_T5QI - 5-minute daily routine: Super Brain Yoga + a Donna Eden short version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujoD1l4fnP4 - Improve your Balance in 5 minutes!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDLad2vOHkU - 7-Minute Yoga Workout for Older Adults
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt6J4Cy9d9U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTxDMbECApM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiUi9LGZBQE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UQunFRrdCc - Full Body Morning Mobility Routine (Follow Along)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ch38DWb7pW0 - Yoga to let go and unwind (hips & glutes) 25min
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8LOhZmuVaE - Developing Lotus Flexibility - Preparing Yoga Padmasana Sitting Position
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC-izZtwjDY - 30 minute free relaxing Hatha Yoga class, with Esther Ekhart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4xF9693GXo - Hum Log: Yoga a cure for everything?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l59RmHmQcGc - Beginner Yin Yoga - 45 min Full Body Stretch: Episode 366
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOFnH1bVWmQ - Mindful Yin Yoga Practice
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjJjq8R2c88 - Top 6 Advanced Yoga Poses
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vTJHUDB5ak - Yoga for neck, shoulders and upper back 15min
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RoGG98K7K4 - Vin to Yin Yoga for Stress Relief - All Levels Yoga
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UR469yFLX2w - Stretch the day’s tension away with this yin yoga sequence (35-minute practice) | Rituals
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppToA1N0CgE - Yoga for Opening the Shoulders
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6WnaFpUkBQ - Most Effective Shoulder Opener for Yoga and Backbends
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEwH3R2Pjzs - Backbends for Beginners
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoMjpzkPuPM - Backbend Yoga Pose Series | Basic Yoga for Beginners by @Yoga Guru Dheeraj
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooWPm9vsGTE - Pilates for Older Women
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgQaILIiyO0 - Yoga twists to release tension in the back
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsPUAppdfqs - Seated Hip Opener Yoga Sequence
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6IFkfSj4Jo - Yoga Routine For Strength & Flexibility | ALL LEVELS (Follow Along)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELHvg9XaQK4 - 25 Minutes Deep Hip Opening sequence yoga for beginner / Intermediate/ Master Ajay / jai yoga / xinh
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUYG35s8ivo - Power Yoga with Tracey Noseworthy: Flying Pigeon Pose Preparation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_OxT6NqEa0 - Indian Yoga performed by 80 year old of ashtanga asanas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRKvszxpSSs - 3 of the best exercises to switch on lazy glutes | Feat. Tim Keeley | No. 21 | Physio REHAB
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oPHrX_oALk - Sciatic Nerve Pain Stretches & Exercises - Ask Doctor Jo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTynO-cZDXg - The BEST Stretches to OPEN up TIGHT HIPS (Improve HIP Mobility)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ho9em79_0qg - Yoga For Hips & Lower Back Release | Yoga With Adriene
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BuCbhg_feE - ashtanga yoga with ajay tokas (full sequence)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjuV7tpp44k - Teaching, Practising, Assisting Ashtanga Asana (with Philippa Asher)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No2u_Dq_9ho - 30 min Beginner Yoga - Full Body Yoga for Strength and Flexibility
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g13nVd7OLYs - Gentle Yoga Flow - 30-Minute All Levels Yoga Class
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnlHd5xTts4 - Yoga For Beginners - Gentle Full Body Stretches For Flexibility & Relaxation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SZ2xVnbcxY - Full Body Stretch Yoga - 30 Minute Flexibility & Deep Stretch Workout
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQyX48NtDrQ - Intro to Yin - Yin Yoga
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFhG-ZzLNN4 - Yoga For Seniors | Slow and Gentle Yoga
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfwsGu6seCA - Yoga for Seniors with Michelle Rubin: Gentle Yoga For The Whole Body
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o8ZWkKZfiE - Adriene's Yogi Tea Recipe - How to Make Yogi Tea - Yoga With Adriene
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZFJpaOD3Cc - How To Stretch for Beginners, Safe Stretches for Full Body Yoga, Back & Leg Pain Relief, Sciatica
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfYRSxAVBx4 - Perfect Full Body Yoga ♥ Detox & Digestion Flow
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2hkO5olZAg - Yin Yoga: Deep Stretches for flexibility, meditation and a peaceful mind with Yogi Nora
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Krp4W0TlAU - Ashtanga Yoga for Beginners - Half Primary Series
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzWctoBI-6g - Yin Yoga For Upper Body | Release ALL Your Stress In 20 Minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTxC3J3gQEU - Total Body Stretching Warm-Up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N37Y47B2FTo - Daily Full Body Flexibility Routine | Yoga Flow for Beginners (Follow Along)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OqltbuuQig - Yoga for Strong Arms and Upper Body
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Hyj3DZBgVM - Yoga exercises to stretch the Neck and Shoulders
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rhx0jIh1nkU - Yoga Full Body Stretch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ODbQt29yVA - Yin Yoga Pose for the Shoulders, 1/4 Dog Pose
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6baVS5cCxQ - Yoga For Neck Pain, Neck Tension, Headaches & Shoulder Pain Relief
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWmRX5nbhPM - Yoga for neck and shoulder relief
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ODbQt29yVA - Yin Yoga Pose for the Shoulders, 1/4 Dog Pose
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvCiVsER-Cs - Heart Opening 30min Yoga class
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsXphic3iDk - Yoga for the Lower Back with Esther Ekhart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbItEmN16jw - Yoga for TMJ, painful Jaw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5OU8-K7uTY - Handstand with Carrie Owerko (Iyengar Yoga Principles)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ez6NYcasyhs - Yi Jin Jing (1-12 · Full Explanations) · ИЦзиньЦзин +Subtitles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ete0HXY2yYs - The Dragon Yogis, An Uncommon Path
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB4lXUhRfMU - Finger Fitness 1 :Be a Genius!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zErb6KNN6HU - How to Handstand: The Basics⎢Practice Yoga with Briohny Smyth
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6d7_oJGzKQ - *Breathing Techniques* (Yoga, Meditation, Relaxation, Stress, Cancer, Blood Pressure) Kapalbhati
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgFm2I3lnRU - THE Mountain YOGI | Pooye Lama Gomchen Milarepa | Documentry on Gobind lama
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvtx62lUho0 - Most Powerful Yoga Breathing Exercise (Pranayama)

Yoga - Longer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lUqo5Qceh0 - 45 minute Hip Opening Yoga Class
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPL49XK8vEw - Pilates, Build Lean Muscle Tone + Burn Fat, 40 Mins
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMqMrDLBYro - 60 minutes Yin Yoga for the Spine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiYU2sFw0qo - Hatha Yoga Traditional Class in Mysore India - One hour Full
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZRvdbG54H4 - 60 Minute Yoga Class - Vinyasa 1 Beginner Flow
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rBWqdhZ2vY - 1 Hour Yoga for Tight Hips & Lower Body Flexibility
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMqMrDLBYro - 60 minutes Yin Yoga for the Spine.

Yoga - Chakra:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxLXRLOUPnw - Chakra Balance Yoga Sequence
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HrsfEdwcRU - Yoga Class for Chakra Awakening - for Intermediate Students
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pbuvhbg7po - Grounding Into Gratitude - Root Chakra Yoga - Yoga With Adriene
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrCi44RR4IY - 7 Day Chakra Series || Root Chakra - Self Esteem. Day 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYn77mcVD9k - Kundalini Yoga with Dawn Rabey: Kundalini Yoga for the Third Eye and Crown Chakra

Yoga - Pain relieve:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl474z1bhnk - How To Relieve Hip, Lower Back and Buttock Pain: Piriformis Myofascial Release Technique
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91ViRjiDOO8 - The Best Psoas Release
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxsDfXBDZec - Stretches for the Piriformis to relieve hips and low back pain with Justine Shelton, C-IAYT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0tjFIjygig - 9 Hip Stretches to Alleviate Piriformis Syndrome, and Lower Back Pain

Yoga - Bedtime:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdMdqZ6slpM - 30 min Bedtime Yoga For A Good Night's Rest - Beginner Evening Yoga
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOTGz-1vizY - Bedtime Yoga Sequence
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgcW_4vssvM - Bedtime Yoga
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JnleAjgV9I - Yoga, an Evening Practice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pfzj96VVVM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM7xNjKSRHg - done watching, A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1BcThuMWGc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIfwbEvXtwo - The Science Of Yogic Breathing - done watching, good
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ar9vsmFhJU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DUA3UaLdhE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ODfwJBDgBs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8mZU9pu0Po
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xA42Eu6Fds
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_fqcruPL30
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oe1HU4GiF90
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycJ0SaNhRH4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixu4Kd5R1DI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1cDkMaZMis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgFm2I3lnRU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhxdKX2uFMg

Kundalini Yoga

Our true nature is divine — it is eternal, limitless, and untouched by worldly affliction. If that is so, why are we still subject to suffering? The problem is that the inner divinity is covered by a veil of ignorance that obscures it and prevents us from recognizing its nature.

The goal of spiritual practice, then, is to remove that ignorance and discover the innate, ever-present divinity within.

Suffering is due to ignorance. Spiritual knowledge frees you from suffering. And that knowledge is to discover the true, divine nature of our own consciousness. Enlightenment is the personal discovery of your innate divinity. This discovery takes place when the veil of ignorance is removed. And removing that ignorance requires spiritual knowledge, because knowledge alone destroys ignorance.

This inner pilgrimage is a meditation practice in which you deliberately imagine particular deities and sacred places within your body. The Darshana Upanishad says, The Himalayas are the top of our head, Lord Shiva dwells on your forehead. The sacred city of Varanasi is between your eyebrows. Prayaga, where sacred Ganga and Yamuna rivers meet, is in your heart.

Kundalini is a kind of inner pilgrimage. It begins at the muladhara chakra at the base of your spine, and concludes at the sahaswrara chakra at the crown of your head. During this pilgrimage, you are to meditate on the deity residing in each chakra and receive the blessing needed for your onward journey.

Prana: life force

There are five kinds of prana:

prana: in the heart
apana: in the trunk of the body
vyana: pervading the body
adana: in the throat
samana: in the stomach

These five pranas circulate throughout the body following specific routes called nadis. Nadis are often translated as nerves, but they are actually not nerves or tubes. The nadis and pranks are not material in nature. They are subtle, non-tangible. Your brain is tangible. It weights about two pounds, but your mind is not tangible. It has no size or weight. In the same way, the nadis and pranas are non-tangible, subtile, unlike the nerves and blood vessels in your body.

There are 3 main nadis, the sushumna which rises inside your spine from its base to the crown of our head, the ida, which terminates at your left nostril, and the pingala, which terminates at your right nostril.

There are many other nadis in your body. They're said to number 72,000 altogether. The sushumna nadi links together all 7 chakras. Chakra means wheels, but they are usually described as lotus flowers.

According to the Yoga Cudamani Upanishad, the muladhara chakra at the base of the spine has four petals. The svadhishtana chakra above it has six petals. The manipura chakra (naval) has ten petals. The anahata chakra (heart) has 12 petals. The Vishuddha chakra (throat) has 16 petals. The Ajna chakra (between the eyes) has two petals. The Sahasrara chakra (crown of the head) has 1000 petals.

Since the chakras are like flowers, they're actually turned upward, not outward.

Lotus flowers symbolize purity, even though they're rooted in the slimy, stinking muck at the bottom of a pond, their pristine beauty remains untained. And even though chakras are located inside an impure human vessel, their sanctity remains untainted.

Chakras are not involved in channeling prana throughout the body. Nadis direct the flow of prana, not chakras, which serve a very different purpose.

The word kundalini means coiled and shakti means power or energy.

If the power is dormant, sleeping at the base of the spine, then how is it to be awaken? The Yoga Kundali Upanishad says: The sleeping kundalini is awakened by agitating it, like hitting a snake with a stick. It then stands erect and enters the sushumna nadi, like a snake entering its burrow. To awaken kundalini shakti, the yoga upanishads prescribe a variety of asanas, pranayamas, and muscle contractions known as bandhas.

It's interesting that a method known as shaktipaat is not discussed anywhere in the upanishads. Shaktipaat is a special blessing from a guru like a mantra, or even a mere touch or glance that is said to immediately awaken your kundalini. The uses of shaktipaat is widely accepted by modern teachers, even though the rishis never mentioned it. Once kundalini shakti has been awakened and starts its ascent, some practioners, like Gopi Krishna, report having amazing experiences, mystical visions, celestial sounds, ecstasy.

All forms of yoga, including kundalini yoga, are secondary causes for enlightenment. To get enlightened through kundalini yoga alone is like making rotis with a pan and stove, but no fire. The primary cause for enlightenment is spiritual knowledge, which removes the veil of ignorance and reveals your true nature. Kundalini yoga helps you gain that knowledge by leading you to a state of meditative absorption known as samadhi. Samadhi is the goal of many meditation techniques, and for good reason. In that state of absorption, all distracting mental activities are removed, and all that remains is you, your true nature, stripped of everything that's not you. After emerging from samadhi, you have an opportunity to grasp a life-changing lesson from that unique experience, that your true nature is pure consciousness, utterly independent of your body, mind, and the world around you. In this way, the state of samadhi produced by kundalini yoga can be a gateway to enlightenment.

I usually start with prayer and devotional meditation, which help balance the lofty vedantic meditations I practice next. Starting tomorrow, I'm going to set aside this routine and focus exclusively on the the practice of kundalini yoga.

Our inner pilgrimage begins with the muladhara chakra at the base of the spine. Mulad mean root. Each of the lowest five chakras represent one of the five elements known in ancient time (earth, water, fire, air, and space) from the most gross, earth, to the most subtle, space. Inside the muladhara chakra, the element earth is represented by a yellow square. The yoga upanishads do specify mantras, not for the chakras, but for the five elements.

Lam is the mantra for the element earth.

Each chakra is the abode of a particular deity to be meditated upon during one's inner pilgrimage. For the muladhara chakra, the deity is Brahma, God in its aspect as creator of the universe. So, the muladhara or root chakra is associated both with the element earth, the root of all matter and with Brahma, the root of existence itself. In meditation, Brahma is to be visualized as seated on a lotus.

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