Yoga is not to be underestimated so please tread mindfully. I actually became a casualty of yoga after bringing to much ego and rajasic energy to my mat; you could say I had a gym mindset towards spirituality. During eight years of chronic illness, I learnt to rebuild my body using the principals of the chakra system. I did this from the ground upwards, applying what I was first taught in a more systematic and nurturing way. It was here I learnt the true essence of Hatha (sun & moon) yoga and how the polarities of the chakras influence our physical and spiritual health.
The road to peace is always under construction
Along my road to recovery, one day after practicing child pose (Balasana) and then laying in corpse pose (Shavasana), I experienced the phenomena of Kundalini. My body began to spontaneously convulse, as an indescribable sensation continually flowed from the base of my spine towards the pineal gland in my brain. I believe this was a spontaneous happening, something that could not have not happened and, because I was open and ready to receive, my body united with the all pervasive prana. I can only describe this as a divine connection with something within me.
Since this experience, I have managed to continue building physical and spiritual strength. Although this was a fundamental pinnacle of my spiritual evolution, I would add that to push the body in order to reach such a state comes not without challenge. Go easy with your bodies brothers and sisters – it took me years to build back my ojas (the fluid of life). Click this link to learn more about Ojas.
As a result, my favourite phrase in life became: “there is nothing quite as useless, as doing efficiently that which need not be done”. O, and “Be patient”.