The Hindustan Times: Stanford psychologist David Spiegel is credited with the view that living a stress-free life is not a reasonable goal and that the goal should be to deal with it actively and effectively.
A cultural attaché from an industrialised economy, who during her years of experience in different cultural settings tried to assimilate methods to deal with stress, put it succinctly: “…I have been practising yoga since I was nineteen years old. I used to travel to Thailand to have the massage for relaxation, tried using Thai herbs that effectively remove lining in intestines to overcome ulcer problems, used Chinese Acupressure technique along energy centres etc. These are effective except that one needs to allocate time/avail vacation… That's when I came across Sahaja Yoga technique in Washington DC. It is the most practical form that can be integrated into my lifestyle."
People spread over 110 countries around the world, in all continents across Asia, Americas, Europe and Africa are practising Sahaja Yoga in these stressful times.
Sahaja Yoga is based on the principle that enlightenment and good health require proper balance between the seven major chakras, the free flow of the life force, which in turn is acquired through awakening of dormant Kundalini energy. It recognises within the human body an extremely subtle system, which is beyond the pale of science. It consists of Kundalini, a living energy, series of channels for the flow of pranic forces, inter-dependent energy centres, resembling flower petals.
The hypothesis is that body is not the whole self, vehicle of influence is the subtle body parallel to physical body. When Kundalini is awakened, its effect can be felt in the central nervous system. When the Kundalini reaches Sahasrara, chakras are integrated and there is the synergical effect.
In Sahaja Yoga chakras are cleared using the five elements and when they are integrated they achieve the same impact as that is achieved in the last step of yoga. For instance, clearance of Root Chakra (mooladhara) influences secretion of sex harmones. The Sacral chakra (swadishtan) enhances drainage of waste from lymphatic system.
The Navel Chakra (nabhi) facilitates adrenal glands in deactivating stress response by suppressing adrenaline. The Heart Chakra (anahat) strengthens circulatory system, lowers blood pressure while improving antibodies' capacity to fight diseases. The Brow Chakra (agnya) triggers relaxation by signaling glands (pituitary) to secrete fewer stress harmones. With the result the same impact that breathing, stretching and holding aspects produce over a long period is accomplished effortlessly by cleaning and integrating chakras through awakening of the dormant Kundalini energy. Gyaneshwara in his Marathi commentary on Gita had remarked "Why climb a tree when one can fly to the top of the tree?"