‘An hour of Kundalini exercises in the correct sequence can induce some interesting states of consciousness. Most Yogas relax or invigorate: If you do Hatha Yoga your mental focus on breath and movement reduces the tone of egoic thinking, and designates the mind in the present, which – let’s face it – is where it belongs. No point leaving the mind, loitering around last Tuesday, especially when something bad happened.
Ashtanga is more aerobic and through the repeated movement and the strict relationship between breath and asana (or position) a vitalisation can be experienced.
My understanding of most yoga is that the exercises connect mind, body and spirit and in so doing alleviate the suffering of excessive thinking. When relieved of this thinking, peace can come. […] Interestingly Ganesh, the elephant-headed Hindu deity is known as the remover of obstacles. When I first heard that, I thought it meant like a boss who irritates you or a boyfriend of a girl you like. Now I think, it means the obstacles within yourself that prevent you from being in harmony. If you can be free from pride, self-pity, self-centeredness, selfishness, jealousy, envy, intolerance, impatience, greed, gluttony, lust, sloth, arrogance and dishonesty, then there is a state of serenity and connectedness within. […] Kundalini in my view is more boldly transcendent, more euphoric than other Yoga that I’ve done, so I obviously got totally addicted to it and started doing it all the time. ‘