I have a friend who is a psychotherapist. He teaches Hatha Yoga as part of his therapy. He told me that Kundalini Yoga is an extremely dangerous form of yoga and that it can lead to insanity if not handled right. Is this trust?
It is very unfortunate some people talk that way ... many of them have not had any real experience of it. The truth is that Kundalini Yoga produces whole human beings, teachers and yogis. A yogi is one who has a union with the supreme consciousness. To teach yoga you must have sufficient experience and practical knowledge of the technolgy. There is never a problem with Kundalini Yoga taught as the original sacred science.
He doesn't consider himself an expert yogi. He just mentioned that he heard that Kundalini Yoga is a very dangerous type of yoga. Could you explain a little more?
Ask him why he's practicing all the Hatha Yoga postures. What is the purpose of Hatha Yoga? The purpose of Hatha Yoga is to raise the awareness. It is a technology to bring the apana and prana, the moon and sun powers together to raise the consciousness. In other words, its stated aim is to raise the Kundalini. That is the purpose of Hatha Yoga. The difference from Kundalini Yoga is only a matter of time and rate of progress. The purpose of the two approaches is the same.
What is Kundalini?
It is the creative energy within. The whole cosmos of energy in the individual and beyond the individual. It is the energy of consciousness. Without the constant flow of that energy you could not live. With a large flow your mind begins to awaken. You stop living in imaginary realities and you become very dutiful to the tasks and joys of this life.
April 25, 2002
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