The chakras are the subtle energy centers of the body. Like pinwheels, the chakras spin at the speed of light, emanating the colors of the spectrum, each resonating with a particular frequency. These colors combine to form the auras that surround each of us, connecting us with each other and with the cosmos.
There are seven to eight major and numerous minor chakras in the body. Their locations correspond to regions of the body where nerves collect and electrical activity is high, such as the brachial and sacral plexi (major chakras) and the elbows and knees (minor chakras).
The flow of energy in the chakras can become blocked by life events through the activity of the autonomic nervous system. For example, when we habitually assume a defensive posture in response to negative stimuli, we block the flow of energy in the chakras. Hatha Yoga counteracts this and re-illuminates the chakras, stimulating them to spin freely.
Kundalini awakening refers to the "unblocking" of the flow of energy through and between the chakras. This process can occur instantaneously from contact with a master (inner or outer) who awakens the student's awareness of his or her potential. Classically, this occurs through a touch but can occur with a glance or even through the mere presence of the master. This is known as Shak-tipata (the transmission of psycho-spiritual energy). As human consciousness transitions from the Piscean to the Aquarian Age, more and more people are spontaneously experiencing varying degrees of Kundalini awakening.
Kundalini awakening is akin to tapping into a high voltage line and requires careful preparation. Hatha Yoga prepares the practitioner and awakens the Kundalini at the same time.
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