i use this cobra pose as a day to day discipline for students to increase courage within themselves and therefore its easier to cope with the intense release of energy through the pose that can sometimes be also demanding.......i usually take students through a slow pace and introduce each pose in relation to how it can be used in their lives
I still try to undersand the kundalini. Do you hear sound too like the harp, flute like I did many years ago? Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Good thing there are varying degrees of awakening, and that kundalini awakening doesn't necessarilly mean instant cosmic consciousness and progressing to the 21'st and last chakra. What you really do is awaken yourself to your maximum potential.. which is unfortunately useless in our society at this time.. but you get a taste of intense life, both suffering and bliss, happiness and depression or confusion about who you are. In modern society we can't be omnipotent at work, we need an identity and not sit on the table and make animal sounds.
it's important to distinguish between a kundalini awakening that occurs through the practice of kundalini yoga versus one that occurs spontaneously or via other experiential factors. when one practices kundalini yoga, the nervous system is strengthened to be able to accomodate the intensity of that energetic flow, and the awakening generally occurs more gradually, at a rate that is still powerful and life-changing but is more comfortable (mentally and emotionally) for the student.
for more info on kundalini yoga, this is a good place to start: http://www.3ho.org/kundaliniyoga.html
Thanks for sharing your experience. I too have experienced the kundalini rising and you have descirbed it very aptly. Interestingly mine occurred when I was traversing the deepest emotional crisis of my life. My body was suddenlky filled with energy that felt like it woudl blow my head off. ( "woosh" is a great desciptor) The energy made me feel incredibly powerful and enabled me to deal with the crisis in ways that were beyond my normal capabilities. I have always wanted to discuss the experience with someone trained in raising the snake. My experience gave new meaning to to the notion of "rising to the occasion"!
(....It's very balancing to have male energy in the room.....)
After have been in the military I hear you about the necessity of such balance.
About 8 years ago I came to a point where I realized that I was physically, energetically and emotionally in a depression next to the road. To get out of the culvert and back on the path I launched a full on fitness rescue. Three months later that was going great. And covered alot of ground in a short time.
While moving thru the fitness club I kept noticing the little flyers for yoga classes. At that time I knew very little about fitness training. But I did know that stretching is as important as whatever exercise comes after. I singed up for a 7 week cycle. About 10 minutes into my first class I realized that I was the first man to venture into a women only yoga club. The brief looks I got ranged from suspicion and wonder to clear disdain. The instructor worked the class to the point where the windows were running with sweat.
Well it worked, they ran me off. I transferred to a different instructor for the remainder and ended up with an awesome, talented, kind yoga mentor. I was very lucky to have her as my first instructor / mentor.
The kundalini experience, much like enlightenment, is awe-inspiring, unpredictable, and fleeting. Mine came while I was in KY teacher's training. After doing 12 hours of yoga over the course of a couple of days, my husband and I were enjoying marital relations on the couch when I felt the energy whoosh up my spine and light the crown of my head. I almost passed out and hit my head on the coffee table. (Blush!) It was incredible, and a feeling that hasn't repeated itself in the 4 or 5 years since. But I think it awoke something deep inside of me and I haven't been quite the same since. In a good way, but I could see it going the other way, too. I think it is important to be in the guidance of a good teacher to lead us thru these events. And like anything else, it isn't a "one-size-fits-all" experience. I'm sure it is a spontaneous thing that can happen to long-term practitioners as well as novices. I was present once when someone else, who had never really done yoga, experienced their kundalini rise after a gong meditation. Unpredictable, amazing, and hard to recapture. But only a small piece of the experience of Kundalini Yoga.
Ezell--I would say that the "problem" is yours, not the women's. People take yoga classes because they want someone to lead them in performing the asanas. If you are uncomfortable being among so many women, perhaps you should practice on your own.
Hi Ezell, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover how many men do attend Yoga Studios!
I attend three classes per week and there are always men present in the classes. Even if you did happened to be the only man present I'm sure you would receive a warm welcome. Go for it!!