the science of yoga

A Kundalini experience can mean different things to different people. Some understand Kundalini as a symbolic system representing the evolution of mind and consciousness. For others, it is a more concrete, physical process that can manifest specific measurable responses.

Patanjali Kundalini Yoga Care (PKYC) is a specialized centre in Knoxville, Tennessee, which can help you answer personal questions about Kundalini. Perhaps you are experiencing symptoms that cause you to believe you are having a Kundalini experience. You want to know what is happening to you, and you want to know what to do about it.

Director of PKYC, Joan Shivarpita Harrigan, Ph.D, has tutored in traditional Kundalini science since being initiated as a brahmacharyani in 1987. Harrigan was initiated into the Shankaracharya tradition of the Saraswati order by Swami Chandrasekharanand of Rishikesh, India.

The Shankaracharya tradition has a 500-year history of expertise in Kundalini science, which is the Vedic science of spirituality. Harrigan had been practising yoga and meditation for over ten years before she met her guru. Of her meeting with Swami Chandrasekharanand, she says, His understanding of spiritual development was profound. He gave me beautiful instruction and specific practices that improved my Kundalini process and changed my life.

The Shankaracharya tradition stems back to Sri Shankaracharya (788-820 AD), who wrote commentaries on some of the spiritual treatises known as the Upanishads, which form the latter part of the Vedas, the holy scriptures of India. Harrigan was a lover of Vedanta even before meeting her guru. To this day she feels blessed and grateful to be accepted into this lineage of specialists in Kundalini.

Harrigan is a psychologist with a private practice, specializing in spiritual issues. She has experienced the impact of the ancient teachings of traditional Kundalini science in her own life and feels privileged to observe the impact on those she helps through PKYC. These teachings, which form the basis of PKYC, have been passed on through scripture and oral lineage.

PKYC offers a variety of services to those who believe they are experiencing Kundalini. Regarding eligibility, Harrigan says, We accept sincere spiritual seekers who have sufficient motivation and capacity to progress spiritually.

According to Harrigan, your Kundalini may be on the rise if you are experiencing inner sensations of light, sound or heat, feelings of energy flowing or vibrating within, elevated sensitivity, spontaneous bodily movements, a height-ened inward awareness or bliss, interest in spiritual growth, or a sense that something non-ordinary, transformative or holy is happening.

To avail yourself of PKYCs services, you must first apply. In your application, you must provide three self-histories: personal, health and spiritual. Harrigan says that the application materials help her understand the type of experience a person has had, as well as the condition of his or her subtle body (the mental sheath).

If accepted, you would receive an assessment that includes Harrigans interpretation of the type of experience youve had and the level that your Kundalini has risen to. Lifestyle changes and spiritual practices could be recommended if you choose to seek further advice.

PKYC expects students to engage in follow-up consul-tations for a minimum of six months after receiving the recommendations. Spiritual retreats are also offered for those who wish personal guidance to further their process.

Harrigan says, Each student is unique, and will receive guidance on a one-to-one basis. With humility, she adds, The effectiveness of the teachings in advancing spiritual progress has been a privilege to observe as I work with students.
For more information, contact PKYC on the web at, by email at or by telephone (865) 539-2361.

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