A couple of years ago when my fourth poetry collection, LUST, was released, I learned a lot about myself and those interested in my book. One can always discern others’ comfort or discomfort with their sexuality when you hand them a copy of a book with such a title. I feel a lot of joy when I see other people’s reactions, and one of the most interesting ones came from my alternative-medicine physician in Beverly Hills. In addition to having a busy practice, he’s an amazing diagnostician and human being.

The next time I saw him, I told him that my poetry book, LUST, had just been released. He’s a regular practitioner of Kundalini yoga and a Jew who turned to Sikhism. I shared that I had a copy for him, if he was interested. Already an enthusiastic 60-something-year-old man, he acted like he was about to jump up and down like a kid in a candy store. I think his nurse was also surprised by his reaction, although she was also a Sikh.

His reaction really shocked me, because for some reason I thought he was a bit prudish with respect to sexual issues, but then I thought, Okay he’s proud of his patient’s accomplishments. After handing him a copy of the book, he immediately asked me to autograph it. It was as if I’d handed him a golden nugget that he wanted stamped. He hugged the book close to his chest and said, “You know, I’ve been waiting for this. Thank you so much.” He gave me a hug and said, “Wishing you lots of success with this; I cannot wait to read it.” I walked out of his office smiling all the way down to my car, which was parked in the underground lot.

He made my day, but still, on my back drive home, I remained puzzled. Something intuitively told me that there was a connection between his reaction and Kundalini yoga. When I arrived home, I turned on my computer and immediately googled “Sex and Kundalini.” There was an overwhelming selection of articles. Even though I’d practiced Kundalini years earlier while living in Florida, I didn’t immediately see the connection, although I do understand that the best intimacy involves a deep connection between body, mind, and spirit.

Here’s what I learned: The focus of Kundalini yoga is on compassion, and results in an increased state of consciousness. When you consider that sexual energy is the most powerful energy in the body, then it’s important to understand the role of Kundalini in sexuality. This form of yoga is about awakening Kundalini (the serpent goddess) energy and is performed through yoga positions, breathing, and meditation. Certain techniques in Kundalini yoga help channel sexual energy, which can lead to spiritual development.

Kundalini’s life force or serpent goddess is coiled and dormant in the root chakra at the base of the spine. When sexually activated, the energy travels up the body through all the chakras and ends at the crown chakra, resulting in various states of well-being and euphoria. It’s very intense when the energy is first released. The best intimacy occurs when you surrender and relax into the experience, thereby activating the delta and theta brain waves. Activating these brain waves can result in a transformational or spiritual experience.

Here are some additional facts about sexuality and Kundalini yoga:

  • Whether you’re under- or oversexed, practicing Kundalini yoga can help solve your sexual issues.
  • To awaken Kundalini, you must first have desire.
  • Orgasm is not necessarily the goal.
  • Foreplay can begin with gazing into one another’s eyes and breathing together.
  • Kundalini and sexuality are intertwined.
  • Kundalini yoga helps to move all sorts of energy in the body, including sexual energy, and practicing this form of yoga can lead to good sex.

So if you’re considering a new activity in 2016, why not try Kundalini yoga . . . doctor’s orders!

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