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Kundalini Yoga helps beat the winter blues

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Recent studies have shown that women experience increased levels of anxiety, depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) during the winter months.  Practicing Kundalini Yoga on a regular basis can help combat these emotional ailments. 

Kundalini Yoga is an ancient form of yoga that includes breath, yoga postures, chanting, sound, relaxation, and meditation. It is geared to strengthen the muscles, lungs, endocrine system and nervous system; it helps individuals grow into happy and healthy human beings.

Practicing Kundalin Yoga generates an intense energy that heightens your awareness, sharpens your perception, dissolves stress and anxiety and is excellent for decreasing depression.

During the winter months, women tend to lose a lot of energy for a variety of reasons such as lack of sunlight, decreased exercise, and eating less fresh food.  When energy is down, the body is more prone to anxiety, depression and SAD.  This is where Kundalina Yoga can help. 

According to Alan Seale, Director of the Center for Transformational Presence in Rochester, New York and author of ‘Intuitive Living’, the absence of feeling that many people experience in depression and SAD, on an energetic level, is the failure of vital energies to flow through the body.  Activating the Kundalini energy is one strategy to reconnect with a feeling of self.

There are many simple Kundalini Yoga techniques you can incorporate in your daily life here is one example to get you started:

Breathing through the Right Nostril – Sit in easy pose (crossed legged) with a straight spine.  Rest the right hand on your knee.  Block the left nostril with the thumb of the left hand.  The other fingers point straight up.  Begin long, deep, powerful breaths in and out of the right nostril.  Focus on the flow of your breath. Continue for 3 to 5 minutes. Inhale deeply and relax. Bringing the hands to the knees.  This exercise draws on the ‘sun’ breath/energy inside us and gives you a clear, energized, focused mind.

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