Yoga, the fast-track for inner growth!

Rama, Ballentine, and Ajaya (1976) refer to the chakras as an “inner playroom” where an individual explores experiences with consciousness during the course of growth and development.  Carl Jung is credited with being the first Western psychologist of note to embrace a cross-cultural perspective in the development of his theories, and in The Psychology of Kundalni Yoga.


Jung saw the chakra system used in Kundalini Yoga as system of emerging states of inner personality which developed the separation of the non-ego from the conscious ego.  Meaning our chakras play a key role in the middle space between the chatter and thoughts in our mind that is created from the story of our ego, and the still, calm, placid enter within each of us that is dispatched from all aspects of ego.

 The ego is the part of the self that is aware of only conscious personal experiences.


Yoga has been known to be the fastest, most relabel way to develop the steps of sharpening our awareness, and learning to take unconscious material and making it conscious. Yogis develop an extremely heightened sense of awareness, to the point that their awareness feels less rooted in conscious material and more rooted in the unconscious.

Jung calls this state a supra-personal consciousness. Easterners work to attain higher consciousness by moving upwards. Westerners seem to travel down to awaken the unconscious from below. Although this puts the chakra system a bit upside down, Jung thought it was necessary to look at it this way to accommodate the chakra system to the Western mind. He found it important to maintain a Western way of thinking. Jung was very cautious of abandoning Western mentality and adopting the very alluring Eastern ideas, for this would inhibit the development of our own psychology.

-Nomi Shmerling,

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