In Kundalini Yoga, we break down human embodiment into 10 layers. Your physical, flesh and bone body is actually just 1/10th of your total being. You have nine other bodies. And these bodies run on energy – which means they also have metabolisms.
THE 10-BODY METABOLIC BALANCE
It’s important to have this broader understanding of your 10-body metabolic balance because how you use energy on these layers has a direct impact on your physical metabolism (and wellness, overall fitness and even ageing velocity)!
For instance, your Pranic Body is where you hold, process and stream your “life-force” energy. When you use too much life-force on something that doesn’t need it, or you are having a hard time letting something emotional go, this can eat up your energy that would be going to healthy processes in your system. And on the other side of the coin, you don’t properly use enough of your life-force on a project that does require it – the result is stress.
Stress in the system throws off your biological energy usage. Stress triggers the production of adrenaline and cortisol in the body. Adrenaline gives you a quick spike to deal with fight or flight situations in the moment. However, cortisol attempts to support your energy levels in a more long term way.
Cortisol increases your appetite, so that you have sugar to burn in extreme situations. It also increases your fat storage rate, so that you have oil to burn as well. Which is great if you are actually facing real, fight or flight situations on a consistent bases. The body is so elegantly designed.
But if your stress is triggered by a mismanagement of prana – more fat isn’t going to help you. Only more prana and what I would call pranic intelligence will.
This is why having a 10-body, holistic grasp on the metabolism is so crucial. Because you could be putting on weight, working out like crazy and nothing is moving. So you think, “Oh, I must need to workout more.” But it’s not about calorie burn. It’s about pranic burn. So what you need is a pranayama to adjust your pranic output and the deep glandular secretions that rule metabolic functions in the physical body.
One thing I love about Kundalini yoga is that works on all 10-bodies every time your practice. Each Kundalini yoga set balances, amplifies and enhances energy usage of all 10 layers of being – physical, pranic and otherwise. That’s why it always is funny when people call Kundalini yoga the “breathing yoga”—both because I hope that ALL YOGA is the breathing yoga, and if you do one of these quick and efficient exercises you will experience first hand that you’re doing so much more than just breathing.
That said, one thing that makes Kundalini yoga so special is that it is brimming with countless unique and potent pranayamas. The Kundalini Metabolic Booster Set I give at the end of this article contains within it several of the most effective breath techniques to reset your glandular secretions and metabolic rates. I’ve seen avid practitioners of this 9 minute set lose 10-20 lbs over several months of practice all due to the rebalancing of their whole 10 Body system.
It not only adjusts your bodies ability to replenish energy stores and release waste hormones and fat build up, but also restores physical body glandular balance, makes you feel calm and triggers powerful, deep anti-ageing. It’s fast, powerful and effective.
GLAND, BIOLOGY, BEAUTY, YOUTH AND METABOLISM
Having this 10-body perspective on the metabolism will change your entire existence and amplify your ability to enjoy life in a whole new way. However, your physical body (and your physical metabolism) count too! Your digestive metabolism, I would say, has the most tangible effect on how you enjoy your body and experience your day.
When you have a low metabolism, you just feel off, it affects your emotional spectrum. This is partly due to not having the energy to meet the day or to regulate your biological being in a way that leaves you clean, clear and with vibrancy.
That said, when the metabolism is too high, you feel jittery. You can’t relax. There’s a constant kind of nervous energy that you may not register, but it makes harder for you to find neutral.
When you practice Kundalini yoga you are working with a system that is adaptogenic. That means that the yoga adjusts the energy use in your body so that your system balances itself intrinsically and moment to moment. If you have a lot to burn off – Kundalini yoga will boost your metabolic rate and help you clear out any stagnancy and build up in the body. However, the yoga sets up a self-regulating energy intelligence.
Which means when it’s time to relax and rejuvenate, your metabolism will slow to an appropriate rate so that you have access to the most still parts of yourself. This clarity is important to a successful life and is the doorway to meditative experience—both in meditation and in the throws of your busy day.
The yogic “tech”, as I like to call it, behind this adaptogenic energy management is how Kundalini yoga works on and with the glands.
HOW KUNDALINI WORKS WITH THE GLANDS
They affect your emotions, ageing rate, immunity and, of course, your metabolism. When you adjust your glands using sophisticated yogic techniques, you trigger an immediate and long term experience of health and vitality.
In the metabolic realm, your pituitary and thyroid gland are most involved. The thyroid gland produces hormones triggered by the proper secretion of the pituitary that regulate cellular energy usage. When the thyroid is under active, your metabolism is sluggish. You’re tired and you have excess weight that just keeps you down. When the thyroid is overactive- you could be burning too much energy at an unsustainable rate. This is what leads to burnout.
Thyroid issues are an epidemic right now. And while the Western medical method has made some advances – have you or anyone you know actually recovered from thyroid disorder using Western medicine alone? Let’s be real. You need a more biologically advanced, and energetically activated way to trigger metabolic vivacity.
All three parts of the Metabolic Booster Set below powerfully adjust the pituitary/thyroid communication and secretion. They do so by stretching and compressing through the neck and thyroid area, simultaneously adjusting the correlative glands in the body, and activating your pituitary gland through your breath and eye focus.
In medical science, the pituitary gland is called the “master gland.” It commands the heath and secretion rate of all other glands in the body. So the thyroid, adrenals, pancreas, hypothalamus, and ovaries (or testes) all change based on the secretions of the pituitary gland. So when you balance the pituitary gland, you put yourself into a very deep embodied space of well-being. This is true power available to you through a very small commitment of time and energy!
KUNDALINI METABOLIC BOOSTER SET
(aka MASTER SET NO. 1)
Try the poses below and practice each step for equal amounts of time.
Come sitting in childs pose, arms by your side and palms facing up. Keeping the chest on the thighs, lift only the head off the ground and begin a breath of fire. Lift the face up so that you are stretching your thyroid. Continue for 1 ½ – 3 minutes.
LIE ON BACK WITH CHIN TUCKED
Staying on the heels, if possible, come slowly rolling up and lie down onto your back. Open up the front part of your body and begin the breath of fire. Keep the chin tucked, back of the neck straight, so that the thyroid is getting triggered here through compression. Continue for 1 ½ – 3 minutes.
Come slowly out of the posture and then come into this squat variation. Bring your legs out wide, and then squat so that your thighs are parallel to the ground. Take your arms inside of the legs and then grasp the heels from the inside. Come onto the tippy-toes. Lift the torso as much as you can. Stick the tongue out of the mouth and being a breath of fire through the mouth. Breath from the depth of the lungs but also clear the throat and thyroid area with the breath Continue 1 ½ – 3 minutes.
BREATHE AND RELAX
Inhale, exhale and relax.