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What is Kundalini? How to make it rise? Kundalini yoga is dangerous if not done properly

Synopsis: Sadhguru explains that the fundamental life force in the existence is referred as 'kundalini'. However, most people interpret it is the latent energy within the system. This dormant or latent energy is way bigger than what has manifested. Sadhguru explains to live a complete life, you only need to activate 21 out of the 112 chakras. Before activating the other dimensions, you must make sure that you...

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... are ready for it. Kundalini Yoga in its essence is the most potent. If improperly handled it is also the most dangerous form of yoga.

Synopsis: Sadhguru explains that the fundamental life force in the existence is referred as 'kundalini'. However,...

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... most people interpret it is the latent energy within the system. This dormant or latent energy is way bigger than what has manifested. Sadhguru explains to live a complete life, you only need to activate 21 out of the 112 chakras. Before activating the other dimensions, you must make sure that you are ready for it. Kundalini Yoga in its essence is the most potent. If improperly handled it is also the most dangerous form of yoga.

August 2, 2020

8:22

The science of Vak Shuddhi – How and what you speak has an impact on you

Synopsis: Vak Shuddhi means cleansing the sounds that one utters. Humans can utter complex sounds. In the Indian culture, language like Sanskrit were created in such a way that simply using the language would cleanse the system, because of the reverberation they created within the system. Sadhguru explains that both the sound, and the intention of the sound will have a bearing on what impact it has on the system....

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... In fact the volition, which is the intention has a significant impact. Because the modern languages are not designed to generate the necessary vibrations, the volition or intention becomes even more significant.

Synopsis: Vak Shuddhi means cleansing the sounds that one utters. Humans can utter complex sounds. In the Indian...

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... culture, language like Sanskrit were created in such a way that simply using the language would cleanse the system, because of the reverberation they created within the system. Sadhguru explains that both the sound, and the intention of the sound will have a bearing on what impact it has on the system. In fact the volition, which is the intention has a significant impact. Because the modern languages are not designed to generate the necessary vibrations, the volition or intention becomes even more significant.

July 6, 2020

5:14

Why Is The Symbol of Yoga a Flower?

In Yoga, God is not seen as a creator, but as an ultimate flowering. Sadhguru says - "The whole science of yoga, the whole process that we are referring to as spirituality is just a question of good gardening – nurturing the seed so that it will become a flower."

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March 23, 2017

3 min read

Why Are There So Many “Rules” in Yoga?

In the Indian culture the rules that govern life are called as dharma. Dharma means law, not religion as it is commonly misunderstood. People observed these laws, laws that govern the universe, our nature and the process of creation. There is a geometrical basis for everything physical. If you are not aligned to this geometry, there will be friction within you - pain and suffering, anxiety, tension, stress, misery. So, yoga instructions are not new rules, these are ways in which the body will function to its maximum efficiency.

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November 7, 2016

7 min read

Yoga & The Pineal Gland

Today, medical science has proven that chemicals can create pleasant and unpleasant experience within you. In yogic physiology, pineal gland is associated with the agna chakra. If you have sufficient and stable pineal secretions, you will always be pleasant within yourself. Sadhguru tells about a certain bindu, a spot on the pineal gland, and its significance. In yoga, the initial phase of practice is towards stability.

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September 27, 2016

8 min read

Yoga – The Significance Of Bandhas

Sadhguru says, "Bandhas are employed to gain control of your energy system". An important aspect of yoga is to gain control over the energy body and the mental body. Only when the physical body, mental body and energy body are properly aligned, your actions will be smooth, easy and effortless. Once you are able to use your energy body, the way you use your physical body, then there is no limit in terms of experience and exploration.

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June 14, 2016

9 min read

Yoga – Significance Of Spinal Twist

Sadhguru says, that spine is very subtle, made of 33 pieces of bone, and it is designed to support a certain amount of weight. The spine is like the suspension of a car. And, if we look at the body in two halves, the lower part weighs more than the upper part. So, when one does any upside down posture, there is very high weight on the spine. Because of this, after doing such asana, it is important to flex the spine back to its natural state. That is the significance of spinal twists postures.

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May 13, 2016

3 min read

Is Yoga Only About Asanas?

Yoga is misunderstood, especially in the west, as twisting the body into impossible postures. Sadhguru says, that in Patanjali's yoga sutras, which form the bedrock of modern yoga, only one sutra is dedicated to asanas, thiram sukham asanam. Asanas are only for preparation, they are not the whole yoga. There are other dimensions to yoga. Sadhguru says "Yoga is a tool to find ultimate expression to life. Every human being must explore and know this".

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February 1, 2016

4 min read

Yoga – Significance Of Breathing A Certain Way

Most people use only about 20% if their lung capacity. As your lung capacity expands, the number of breaths per minute will come down. As you continue practicing classical yoga, your breath will become slow. As your breath becomes slow, your perception will enhance. Sadhguru says "You will start understanding what people around you are saying. You will understand the language of other creatures, the language of the planet, and the very language of the source of creation."

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June 29, 2015

4 min read

What Is Kundalini Yoga?

In the yogic culture, kundalini is symbolized by snake. Kundalini is energy within you what has not manifest. If one's kundalini is aroused, miraculous things will happen to them. It will also significantly enhance their perception. Before activating the kundalini, it is very essential that the body and mind have been sufficiently prepared. Kundalini yoga is the most dangerous form of yoga. Pumping up of energy without necessary preparation, and proper guidance, should not be attempted.

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April 23, 2015

5 min read

What Is Tantra Yoga?

In this article Sadhguru dispels the misconceptions around tantra yoga. It is a total misinterpretation in the west, that tantra yoga means uninhibited sex. "Tantra", means technology. It is a technology to go beyond the compulsiveness of the body and mind. Tantra yoga is not to fulfill your sexual needs. Sadhguru says - "Unlike sexuality, which tends to find release at the lower level of the energy system, tantra is about building our energies to the fountain-head of the uppermost dimension of the energy system". Tantra yoga, has two paths, a cruder left-hand tantra, and a more refined, right-hand tantra.

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May 27, 2013

7 min read

What Is Upa Yoga?

In the Indian languages, the word upayoga means, 'that which is useful'. Upa Yoga, is sub-yoga or semi-yoga. Yoga is for a committed practitioner, who wants to attain the the ultimate. Upa Yoga is for someone who doesn't yet have the inclinations for that. Upa Yoga is a system of yoga that is oriented more towards the physical, and not strongly towards the spiritual. Upa Yoga is a good for beginners, for people to start yoga.

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April 19, 2013

3 min read

Why Should Yoga Be Imparted Orally – The Guru-Shishya Paramparya

Sadhguru tells us about the guru-shishya paramparya. The spiritual aspects were never written down, because once it is written, anyone can read and misinterpret. Only once a person has attained a certain level of experience within himself, he should know, others should not. So, that is how it was transmitted. Sadhguru also tells us about the significance of a guru for someone on a spiritual path.

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March 29, 2013

3 min read

What Yoga Is Not – Some Common Misconceptions

There are a few common misconceptions about Yoga. Sadhguru looks at them and clarifies: Myth 1: Yoga comes from Hinduism; Myth 2: Why be a human when you can be a pretzel? Yoga is all about impossible postures; Myth 3: Want six-pack abs? Yoga is a great exercise regime; Myth 4: It is only in the last century that yoga has gone global; Myth 5: Find your groove. Yoga & music go well; Myth 6: Need a yoga study guide? You can learn yoga from a book; Myth 7: Yoga is something you practice every morning and evening

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November 9, 2012

11 min read

Yoga – What Does It Mean?

Sadhguru says, once we attach the word 'yoga' to anything, it means that it is a complete path by itself. What yoga means is to move towards an experiential reality, where one knows the ultimate nature of existence, the way it is. Yoga refers to union - not as an idea or philosophy or as a concept, but as an experiential reality.

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August 13, 2012

3 min read

Why Is The Symbol of Yoga a Flower?

In Yoga, God is not seen as a creator, but as…

March 23, 2017

3 min read

Why Are There So Many “Rules” in Yoga?

In the Indian culture the rules that govern life are called…

November 7, 2016

7 min read

Yoga & The Pineal Gland

Today, medical science has proven that chemicals can create pleasant and…

September 27, 2016

8 min read

Yoga – The Significance Of Bandhas

Sadhguru says, "Bandhas are employed to gain control of your energy…

June 14, 2016

9 min read

Yoga – Significance Of Spinal Twist

Sadhguru says, that spine is very subtle, made of 33 pieces…

May 13, 2016

3 min read

Is Yoga Only About Asanas?

Yoga is misunderstood, especially in the west, as twisting the body…

February 1, 2016

4 min read

Yoga – Significance Of Breathing A Certain Way

Most people use only about 20% if their lung capacity. As…

June 29, 2015

4 min read

What Is Kundalini Yoga?

In the yogic culture, kundalini is symbolized by snake. Kundalini is…

April 23, 2015

5 min read

What Is Tantra Yoga?

In this article Sadhguru dispels the misconceptions around tantra yoga. It is…

May 27, 2013

7 min read

What Is Upa Yoga?

In the Indian languages, the word upayoga means, 'that which is useful'. Upa…

April 19, 2013

3 min read

Why Should Yoga Be Imparted Orally – The Guru-Shishya Paramparya

Sadhguru tells us about the guru-shishya paramparya. The spiritual aspects were never…

March 29, 2013

3 min read

What Yoga Is Not – Some Common Misconceptions

There are a few common misconceptions about Yoga. Sadhguru looks at…

November 9, 2012

11 min read

Yoga – What Does It Mean?

Sadhguru says, once we attach the word 'yoga' to anything, it…

August 13, 2012

3 min read

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