KUNDALINI YOGA & THE TEN BODIES
From the Kundalini Yoga perspective, human beings don’t consist of just one body, but rather ten!
The Ten Bodies are one physical body, three mental bodies, and six energy bodies. But there’s more.. All these bodies relate to the anatomy of the human body.
As you’ll discover in the posture practice, alignment, and breathwork, the energetic bodies are things we cannot see, but feel.
When all Ten Bodies are in harmonious balance, we reach the space of true embodiment, the 11th Body, the state of Being where we are One with the Universe’s Design.
Kundalini Yoga works to balance and activate these Ten Bodies. Each Kundalini yoga kriya (yoga set) is complete technology in and of itself. A regular practice is a comprehensive way to work on all Ten Bodies and absolutely beneficial for the practitioner’s ascension level.
Typically, a class consists of a series of 10 gatherings, each one navigates through each light body layer to clear the accumulated dense energies, (such as limited beliefs, old fears, doubts) and activate the cellular Being to its full potential.
Kundalini Yoga is a technology applied to stimulate the central nervous system and balance the Chakras.
What we will do:
- Kundalini Yoga
- Pranayama (breathwork)
- Creative Energy Chakras Activation
- DNA Upgrade
- Gong & Crystal Bowl Sound Bath
In yogic living, we have one physical body, 3 mental bodies, and 6 energy bodies.
As humans, we are very attached to our physical body. We identify with it. We consider it to be the expression of who we are, we think of ourselves in physical terms and rely greatly on physical anatomy to enhance our potential. We often label ourselves based on our morphology; thin, fat or chubby, and carry this definition almost like a label. When we feel unwell, we try to heal the physical symptoms our body manifests. That is quite a limiting way of considering our existence.
Like other Eastern traditions, yogic teachings point out that in addition to our physical anatomy, there are also more subtle, energetic structures to consider when it comes to understanding our existence, our strengths and imbalances. Those structures constitute our subtle anatomy and include our life force energy and the channels through which it circulates within us, as well as our chakra system or energy processing centers which relate to physical, emotional and energetic capacities.
The Ten Bodies are a powerful system of the psyche (refering to the totality of the human mind, conscious, subconscious and unconscious). Each of the Ten Bodies has specific gifts that manifest when strong, and certain deficit tendencies that surface when weak.
The Soul Body
The first body is your best friend for life—your soul. Unlike the physical body, the soul never dies, but remains throughout your life and in lifetimes to come. It’s important to get well-acquainted with this body everyday, and preferably first thing in the morning.
We journey through a Kundalini Yoga set to awaken the first light body then experience a pranayama meditation and conclude with Savasana, a moment of deep relaxation, accompanied by the vibration of Crystal Bowls & Gong sound healing, immersed in a cozy blanket of healing energy.
The first of the ten light bodies is your soul, your connection to your inner infinity. It is the foundation which connects you to your purpose and destiny.
When your Soul Body is in balance, you feel connected to your inner wisdom. Your intuition is strong, you are creative and come from a place of humility and understanding. Your heart rules over your head so you can trust and relax into the flow of life.
When your Soul Body is weak, you tend to come from your head instead of you heart. You over intellectualise and feel stuck, not able to access your creative flow.
** Tips to strengthen the Soul Body:
Practice heart opening exercises.
Lead with your heart in general.
The Negative Mind
The negative mind is the part of you that wears a seatbelt, which is helpful as long as it’s in balance. It gives you the ability to be discerning, to not get carried away in overly-optimistic thought, and to stay out of dangerous situations. Yet when out of balance, the negative mind can become pessimism, fear, or at the very least, overthinking. This is the part of your intellect which gives you discernment and allows you to set boundaries. It keeps you alive so although its name sounds negative, the Negative Mind is a good thing. The Negative Mind is often our stronger body and it is constantly working to assess our environment and situations for danger or negative potential.
When your Negative Mind is in balance, it warns you of potential dangers, keeps you safe and alive. It gives you patience to listen to your inner guidance.
When your Negative Mind is weak, you may be overprotective and do not take action because you fear the worst consequences. You may also be aware of the dangers but choose to ignore them. A weak Negative Mind can cause you to go into self-destructive relationships.
**Tips to strengthen the Negative Mind: Practice discipline and integrity.
The Positive Mind
The positive mind is inspirational and uplifting when balanced, but when out of balance, it can be equally dangerous as you can become reckless, unprepared, gullible, or easily persuaded. This body serves to identify opportunities and see the positive essence of all situations. The Positive Mind gives you willpower and encouragement to take the necessary steps towards your destiny.
When your Positive Mind is in balance, you have a good sense of humor and sense of hope. You see the good in all and judge situations with honesty and clarity. Your communication is strong and direct. You meet your challenges with reverence.
When your Positive Mind is in weak, you might be over positive and ignore dangers or simply not consider the risks.
** Tip to strengthen the Positive Mind:
Strengthen your navel point through core work. Work on increasing your self-esteem.
The Neutral Mind
The Neutral Mind listens to the intellectual input from both the Negative Mind and the Positive Mind and then leads you to the best decision, using unbiased intuitive knowledge. It’s best to use the neutral mind to make decisions and to approach situations. The Neutral Mind evaluates the inputs from the Negative and the Positive minds and delivers neutral guidance to us. Your Neutral Mind brings you in alignment with your destiny.
When your Neutral Mind is in balance, it is meditative and gives you guidance form a place of intuition. It gives you the ability to recognize polarities (good vs. bad, right vs wrong etc).
When your Neutral Mind is weak, you have a hard time making decisions, obsessing over weighing the pros and cons. You’ll have the habit of being victimized by life because you don’t know how to integrate your experiences and find meaning in them.
**Tip to strengthen the Neutral Mind:
The Physical Body
The physical body was crafted so you could enjoy a human life. It is the balance point between heaven and earth. The key to perfecting this body is balance. Balance in body and mind, balance in diet and exercise, balance in play, work, and rest. This body is the temple where all the other light bodies meet. The Physical Body allows you to experience life, balance yourself and fulfil your desires.
When your Physical Body is in balance, you have the strength to physically go for and sacrifice for your hopes and dreams. You can share your knowledge with others.
When your Physical Body is weak, there can be narcissism and too much concern with perfection of the physical body. You may be angry, greedy, jealous competitive. You inner and outer realities will be out of balance.
**Tips to strengthen the Physical Body:
Regular Exercise. Teach others, share what you have learned.
The Arc Body or Arcline is a line of energy that forms an arc from ear tip to ear tip. It is sometimes called your “halo.” This spiritual body projects who you are to other people without a word being spoken. It also protects you from negative energy directed towards you. Have you ever felt something, and turned around to find someone staring at you? That’s one experience of your arcline in action. You can visualize your Arcline as a line of energy, extending over your head from ear to ear. Women have a second Arcline in front of the body which extends from nipple to nipple. Your Arcline gives you your projecting power and your radiance. It is also a protective shield.
When your Arcline is in balance, you have the ability to focus, concentrate and meditate. Your projective power is strong helping you manifest what you want in life. You are less prone to aggressions and negative thoughts.
When your Arcline is weak you may be overprotective and easily influenced. You may be unfocused and unable to manifest your prayers.
** Tips to strengthen the Arcline:
Awaken the third eye, the pituitary gland; seat of your intuition.
The Auric Body
The Auric Body or Aura is a sphere of electromagnetic energy that surrounds the physical body. It can extend at least nine feet in every direction. You may recognize this body when you feel someone else’s presence in the room, or get a sense of their energy. This body protects the physical body and can manifest into different colors. This electromagnetic field of others can also impact us. Your Aura acts as a container for your life force energy, your prana, and is also a shield of protection.
When your Aura is in balance, it creates a sense of presence and charisma. It elevates you. It can attract positivity and repel negativity.
When your Aura is weak, you may be paranoid and lack self-trust, and negativity can penetrate into the psyche and into the physical body.
** Tips to strengthen the Aura:
Meditate. Wear white natural fiber clothing. White, which holds all the colors of the spectrum, is believed to expand and magnify your Aura.
The Pranic Body
The Pranic Body is what controls the breath and takes in prana, the life force energy of the Universe. The Pranic Body gives you energy, courage, control over your mind, and healing power. When you breathe, you are feeding your Pranic Body. As you practice pranayama, you’ll experience the expansion and strength of this body. This body deals with the prana, the life force energy which comes with the breath. Through the breath, your Pranic Body continuously brings energy into your system.
When your Pranic Body is in balance and your breathing is deep and relaxed, nothing can bother you. This body gives you the energy and self-motivation necessary to take action and achieve your goals.
When your Pranic Body is weak you may have constant low-level anxiety and chronic fatigue. You may be fearful and defensive or try to get energy from food or stimulants.
** Tips to strengthen the Pranic Body:
All breathing exercise are beneficial. Pranayama
The Subtle Body
The Subtle Body gives you the opportunity to understand and master the subtlety of life. It can help you understand what is going on around you and how things work. Those people who can tune into situations easily or pick up new skills as if by magic, have developed the Subtle Body. This body carries your Soul when you die. It allows you to see through the veil, beyond the immediate realities of life.
When your Subtle Body is in balance, you become subtle. You have great finesse and a powerful calmness. You learn quickly and master situations easily.
When your Subtle Body is weak you may be naïve and easily fooled, unintentionally crude or rough in your speech or behavior. You may be restless. Because you lack the peace that comes from flowing with the way things are.
**Tips to strengthen the Subtle Body:
Develop mastery. One way to do this is through commitment to a specific practice for a period of time, for example, practice a Kundalini yoga kriya or meditation for 40, 90, 120 or 1,000 days.
The Radiant Body
The 10th body gives you spiritual royalty and radiance. Those with a strong Radiant Body have a lot of charisma and tend to shine. A strong Radiant Body will make you courageous in the face of any and every obstacle. Good things are drawn to you through a developed and powerful Radiant Body. This body gives you radiance and courage. It allows you to act despite the fear.
When your Radiant Body is in balance, you are charismatic. You exert a magnetic presence and inspire respect. You give 110% to all that you do. You have authentic relationships with others and an overall well-balanced life.
When your Radiant Body is weak, you tend to have a ‘’my way or the high way’’ attitude. You may be afraid of conflict. You may shy away from other people’s attention, or feel ineffective and unable to come through in situations.
**Tips to strengthen the Radiant Body:
Have commitment. This could be commitment to your practice, to doing the right thing, to being true to you etc.