The Kundalini Meditation is such a unique meditation style that we had to learn more. We spoke with Susanne, our resident Kundalini Meditation leader, to hear about her experiences with this movement focused meditation.
What is the Kundalini Meditation?
The Kundalini Meditation was developed by Osho and consists of four 15 minute intervals. The first interval loosens the body up through rhythmic shaking; the second interval allows the body to move freely and express itself; for the third interval we sit down and listen to relaxing music, allowing the senses to calm down and the previous movement to integrate; the fourth sequence is silence (typically experience while completely relaxed while lying on the ground).
What was your first experience with Kundalini Meditation?
I first experienced the Kundalini Meditation in my mid 20s at a retreat. Many things were going on at the retreat: meditations, body work, creative work, but the Kundalini Meditation immediately struck me as something special. I almost immediately felt at home with this style of meditation. It requires nothing…. no deep concentration, no sitting cross-legged for long periods of time. It simply allows the body and the mind to let go and to re-establish their inherent balance and therefore restores a sense of peace (while at the same time invigorating the student).
What sets this meditation apart from other meditation styles?
I am not even sure I would call the Kundalini Meditation a “meditation”. It is a meditation for sure in the sense that it leads to calm and quiet in the body and the mind. But it does so in ways that are very different from what we commonly understand of as meditation (ie. sitting cross-legged on a cushion while focusing our thoughts). The Kundalini Meditation is a movement meditation, that is, for the first half of the hour long meditation we loosen up the body and allow it to express what needs to be expressed. The second half leads the student into inner stillness. But rather than being the result of concentration, this just happens naturally. The movement made room for the mind to be quiet and the listening to music and the relaxing on the ground in stillness foster this process.
In your opinion, what makes this meditation so effective?
I think that the Kundalini Meditation is effective exactly because it does not require any technique. Really, the student does not have to do anything at all during the entire hour. The body moves by itself, listening happens by itself, relaxation naturally happens, just by itself. There is room for everyone in Kundalini Meditation. Everyone can loosen up their body and move (some might only move their pinky finger, while others use the chance for “crazy dance”), everyone can listen and relax.