Sahaja Yoga: Heal And Integrate The Subtle Energy System Within
by Saraswati Raman
Author Reputation Press, LLC

"With self-realization and Kundalini awakening, the Kundalini moves upwards to touch the Brahmarandra which is the seat of the heart."

In this comprehensive book, the author clearly and efficiently leads the reader through the understanding and practice of this specific yoga technique. The manual begins with a candid account of the author's experience with her own history of pain and illness and how she used meditation and concentration as a form of medicine. This reliance on “Eastern” over “Western” remedies elevates active medication versus passive medication—that is, taking it upon oneself to do the work of becoming healthy rather than passively popping pills and waiting for the chemicals to alter one's body.

Raman defines Sahaja yoga as "a process of meditation wherein the sacred feminine energy called the Kundalini seated in the triangular sacrum bone becomes awakened and ascends through the seven subtle energy centers called chakras existing within every human being." The premise is that as the Kundalini power passes through each of the seven chakras, the participant is able to control the organs for which each chakra is responsible. By regulating one’s internal processes, the participant becomes more balanced, proportionate, and healthy. Sahaja yoga uses vibratory awareness to sense problems and work through them through yogic practice, and Raman writes that Sahaja yoga is considered and accepted as a valid approach to aiding in the recovery from bronchial asthma, stress, blood pressure, heart ailments, anorexia, angina, and epilepsy.

The author expertly discusses the importance of sound and music, and even silence, before her narrative moves seamlessly into a discussion of the most in-depth practice, involving incarnations and avatars. These concepts are best understood, though, by careful reading of the first parts of the book in their entirety. In this way, the book progresses smoothly from the basic to the complex, which is a helpful way for readers to establish their own practice of Sahaja yoga.

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