Kundalini is a coiled dormant energy at the base of the Muladhara Chakra or the root chakra located in the perineum region. This energy is considered very sacred and powerful. When this energy is awakened, it is said that all chakras or energy centers are activated. When this energy reaches the Sahasrara or the crown chakra, there is said to be a spiritual awakening where we can get complete liberation from all suffering. Hence this Kundalini is considered very powerful.
Kundalini can be awakened by a series of bodily mudras and hand mudras. In this article, we will discuss the Kundalini mudra to awaken the kundalini.
What are Mudras?
Mudras are hand gestures that activate a certain element or energy in the body. The five fingers represent the five elements. The energy activation point lies on the fingertips. When the fingertips are connected, the subtle energy in your body gets activated. The thumb represents the fire element. This element represents agni within the body, and it serves to activate all the other elements.
The index finger represents air, middle finger ether, ring finger earth and the little finger represents the water element.
When different hand formations, or mudras, are formed, the combination of subtle elements has a powerful effect on the mind and body.
How Can Mudras Heal?
There is a spiritual force that mediates our mind-body connection. Ayurveda says that when the elements in our body are balanced, our bodies and minds are healthy. Whenever imbalance arises, we can attain balance by activating specific elements using various mudras. Acupuncture is another method that involves activating specific points in the body and improving the flow of energy. Mudras act in a similar way. The tips of our fingers act like electrical potential points, and when the mudras are formed, they create an electrical circuit that circulates energy throughout the body. As this energy circulates, we feel a healing effect. The most astonishing fact is that our brain uses about 60% of its surface area to process the movements and sensations of the hands.
RECOMMENDED: For a complete guide to the many mudras and their benefits, check out Healing Mudras: Yoga of the Hands by Yogi Nataraj.
How to Perform the Kundalini Mudra?
First extend your hands before your belly making fists with both hands. Next open up your left index finger and grab the left index finger with the four fingers of the right-hand and clasp it firmly with the thumb as shown. Now relax and meditate on the Kundalini, the union of Shakti and Shiva. The energy at the base of the root chakra and the energy at the crown chakra. Gradually you will feel as though electric energy is flowing within you. Be aware of the outflow and inflow of energy going from and to the root chakra area the seat of kundalini Practice this mudra for about 15-20 minutes.
When Should I Perform the Kundalini Mudra?
The Kundalini Mudra is useful for:
- Improving concentration
- Meditation practices
- Activating Kundalini Energy
- Treating depression and lack of enthusiasm
- Finding clarity in your thoughts
- Overcoming addiction
- As Kundalini arouses it heals all the chakras
- Enhancing the endocrine system
- Improves circulation and energy flow in the body
Precautions When Practicing Kundalini Mudra
It is very important to practice this mudra in moderation. If we practice this mudra too hard or too long then kundalini arousal can also make the mind restless. Also eat calming foods, eat light. Calming foods like simple khichri’s and soups while practicing this mudra.
- Sit in a comfortable position.
- Join your hands in a prayerful, meditative position.
- Straighten your back.
- Extend your hands before your belly making fists with both hands.
- Open up your left index finger and grab the left index finger with the four fingers of the right-hand and clasp it firmly with the thumb as shown.
- Hold the Kundalini Mudra for 10-20 minutes.
- Practice Prana Mudra for 10 minutes.
- Join your hands together and end with a prayer.
What Chakras Does Kundalini Mudra Activate?
Kundalini Mudra activates mainly the root chakra. However as the Kundalini rises it activates all the chakras one by one. It does take time, however each chakra has a potential to be activated when the Kundalini rises. It is one of the main mudras when pursued activates the crown chakra.
- Linga Mudra
- Surabhi Mudra
- Yoni Mudra
- Uttarabodhi Mudra
- Meru Danda Mudra
Related Yoga Poses
Siddhasana (the accomplished pose), Janu Sirshasana (Head-to-Knee Forward Bend), Padmasana (The Lotus pose), Vajrasana (diamond pose) , Sirshasana (head stand), Mayurasana (Peacock pose) are very benefical to the practice of Kundalini Mudra.
List of Mudra Guides
Mudras are very beneficial when performed with proper understanding. Mudras deal with individual elements, combinations of elements, the vital airs, the vital functions and even moods and feelings. Regular practice of each mudra based on our needs and present condition can help us achieve the specific results we are looking for. Please explore our various mudra guides and try out the practices that suit your needs
- Mudras for the Root Chakra
- Mudras for the Sacral Chakra
- Mudras for the Navel Chakra
- Mudras for the Heart Chakra
- Mudras for the Throat Chakra
- Mudras for the Third-eye Chakra
- Mudras for the Crown Chakra
Individual Mudra Guides
- Abhaya Mudra
- Adi Mudra
- Agni Mudra
- Akasha Mudra
- Anjali Mudra
- Apana Vayu Mudra
- Bhumisparsha Mudra
- Brahma Mudra
- Dharmachakra Mudra
- Dhyan Mudra
- Ganesha Mudra
- Gyan Mudra
- Lotus Mudra
- Musti Mudra
- Prana Mudra
- Prithvi Mudra
- Rudra Mudra
- Shakti Mudra
- Shankha Mudra
- Shunya Mudra
- Surya Mudra
- Udana Vayu Mudra
- Varada Mudra
- Vayu Mudra
- Vitarka Mudra
- Yoni Mudra