Breath is a fundamental tool for the Kundalini yogi. Through the practice of pranayam techniques, a person can promote his or her physical, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being. Pranayam exercises are great for keeping the mind neutral and the body relaxed. They are also very effective in strengthening the immune system. If you aren’t feeling up for physical exercises, pranayam meditations are great ways to boost the immune system!
Mantras have a powerful effect on the immune system. Chanting stimulates the hypothalamus, the region of the forebrain that produces vital hormones in the immune system. Chanting is also a great way to de-stress. Mental or emotional stress disturbs the hormonal balance in the body and weakens the immune system. So if you’re feeling a little ‘under the weather’ – chant mantras!
Yogi Bhajan warned that the biggest challenge we would face in the Aquarian Age would be a Cold Depression. The constant bombardment of information and stimulation, high stress levels, rapid change and the “go – go – go” mentality of our modern world, the Cold Depression is essentially an isolation from our own soul.
One of the biggest challenges we face today is depression. So many people feel overwhelmed, over-worked, and chronically tired. The leading cause of depression is stress. Stress induced by all the elements of our modern world, information overload, constant stimulation, and rapid change. The body’s natural response to stress is to calm or ‘depress’ the nerves. If left unmanaged, this depression slows down our body’s systems and causes fluctuations in our moods and decreases our motivation. Depression also effects us in an energetic way; it weakens our aura and the electromagnetic field around the heart leaving us susceptible to toxic behaviors and environments.
When a person is are feeling at his or her best, the energy in the body is flowing freely through the spine, body and limbs, and through the chakras. If the energy gets stuck or blocked, that person can suffer from physical ailments and depression. Kundalini Yoga helps to keep the pranic (life – force) energy moving which boosts a person’s self-esteem, elevates their mood, and allows them to maintain their motivation through the cold and dark winter months.