Light on the Chakras and Kundalini



The chakras are the psychic centers in the spine that control every part of your body, mind, and spirit. Kundalini is primordial cosmic energy stored in the base chakra, muladhara, which is the primary source of power for all the chakras.

In this course, you will learn theory and meditation techniques that empower authentic chakra and kundalini awakening.

The aim of this course is the awakening of powerful psychic and spiritual energy that uplifts your consciousness and increases your self-awareness. You will expand self-awareness and, at the same time, develop a strong, stable mind that can handle the powerful energies within the psyche and the activation of kundalinī.

A side effect of this study, when followed systematically, is improved mental health and emotional resilience.

You will learn:

  • principles from Eastern philosophy and Western psychology to activate and awaken the chakras
  • specific techniques to cultivate mental health and emotional resilience
  • how these techniques are applied in yoga therapy and psychotherapy
  • how to turn your attention inwards, away from excessive involvement in gross worldly consciousness
  • how to tune into the chakras to purify and strengthen the energy within each chakra
  • how to liberate that energy to awaken higher consciousness


Study the Chakras

The lessons and classes in this course form a structured sequence that enables a grounded and authentic realization of the chakras.

You will follow a prescribed system that takes you from the basics that ensure a solid preparation to advanced theory and practice that unlock the secrets within each chakra. This enables understanding, experience, and integration of the complete chakra system and kundalini activation.

Each lesson introduces a new concept which deepens concepts from previous lessons. Each lesson introduces a new meditation technique that builds on the techniques from previous lessons.

A Potent Learning Structure

We have structured the course into three sections. Each section focuses on the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of the chakras.

Section 1. Develop a thorough understanding of the yoga-tantra philosophy that describes the chakras. Yoga tantra provides you with the keys to unlock the mysteries of the chakras. This section focuses on ajna chakra, which awakens the knowledge and intuition required to journey into the powerful forces of the psyche contained within each of the chakras, especially the lower chakras, which are more difficult to manage.

Section 2. Experience each chakra individually. This section provides you with theory and techniques that enable you to meditate on each chakra, to purify and strengthen each chakra as part of an ascending hierarchy of increasingly subtler and more refined energies and consciousness.

Section 3. Learn how to link each chakra with other chakras. By linking the chakras in various combinations, you expand your sense of self, increase your psychological and spiritual growth, and speed up the evolution of your consciousness.

Topics Covered

  1. The key principles from Yoga, Tantra, Samkhya, and Vedanta (Indian philosophies)
  2. Initiation into chakra spiritual practice (sadhana)
  3. Awakening consciousness and Self-awareness for inner illumination and enlightenment
  4. Activating energy/shakti – inner power, skills and abilities
  5. The four organs of mind, the 25 tattwas (elemental forces)
  6. The three bodies, the subtle body, the five koshas (sheaths)
  7. The chakras, form and function
  8. The symbols within each chakra explained – petals, elements, mantras, elements, gods, animals
  9. Chakras and the brain
  10. Preparing the spine for the ascent of kundalini in the central channel (Sushumna Nadi)
  11. Mantras, yantras, psychic symbols (Ishta devatā), sacred symbols
  12. The journey from ego consciousness to the True Self
  13. Jungian psychology, archetypes, and libido
  14. Activating the devata, luminous forces that support your progress
  15. Managing the dark forces (asura) that impede your progress
  16. Spiritual practices (sadhana) to transform darkness into light
  17. Meditations on the chakras, nadis and kundalini
  18. Awakening the third eye that enables you to visualize the universe within you
  19. How the chakras relate to the Sri Yantra
  20. Indian astrology and the chakras – know your karma
  21. Karmic remedies for imbalanced chakras
  22. How imbalanced chakras can create mental illness and what to do about it
  23. How to apply this knowledge to mental and emotional health and spiritual awakening
  24. You will have the opportunity to clarify and discuss health, mental strength, and spiritual life issues. This does not include personal medical advice.


Who is this chakras and kundalini course for?

This is a rare, thorough, grounded training program to develop mastery of the subtle body, the more stable and permanent sheaths underlying the physical form. The subtle body contains the chakras and is powered by kundalinī energy, which arises from a deeper part of you.

Chakra meditations are intermediate practices within the yoga traditions. However, this program is suitable for anyone with an interest in the subject. It lays the foundation for safe exploration of this vast subject, even for relative beginners to yoga and meditation.

Ideally, you will have had some basic experience of yoga postures, breathing, relaxation, and meditation. However, in the first part of the course, the fundamentals of chakra meditation practice, including postures, preliminary breathing, and basic meditation techniques are given. It is also important for intermediate and advanced practitioners to go over the basics and ensure that they are prepared for the more advanced practices in the later lessons.

By following the program sequentially and practicing regularly you will build your internal psychic muscles and develop the skills you need. You will be guided into theory and practices that progress gradually and systematically, giving you an opportunity to build various skills, for example, relaxation, before progressing to the more demanding concentration techniques.

This program is especially useful for yoga teachers, and advanced students who wish to shore up their foundations, both theoretical and practical, and also progress into more advanced studies.


Expert guidance and training

Dr Swami Shankardev Saraswati will provide expert guidance to support you in purifying, balancing, strengthening, and illuminating your chakras. He is a master of yoga and meditation (Yoga Acharya), a medical doctor, and a psychotherapist.

Student numbers are limited

Numbers are limited so that we can provide individual attention to participants. We will provide you with both the theory so that you understand what you are doing and a sadhana, a practice program to engage with your chakras and bring the theory into your life.

Follow the schedule or complete the course on your own time

You can follow the recommended schedule or study the course in your own time and at your convenience. A new lesson is released every two weeks. Live classes occur every month.


Big Shakti

“This is an amazing course. There is so much material that you have covered, and when I review past classes, I realize I learn new things each time or become clearer at a deeper level. The pacing works well for me. More frequent would be difficult to manage. Because I review the past Lessons and Classes and take notes, the whole class has taken a great deal of time. It has been more than well worth it. I experience your teaching as being filled with sattwic energy so that when I review the recordings, I am also uplifted. I feel very blessed and grateful that Jayne and you have taken the time and devotion to share these life-affirming and transforming teachings so generously and in such a comprehensive and beautiful way. You make ancient teachings and truth accessible in modern daily life. With much appreciation and gratitude.”

Psychiatrist, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Big Shakti

“The course was impeccably structured. Each lesson provided a deep understanding of the topic, enhanced by well-crafted visuals. The meditations were well designed and communicated to help me deepen theory into experiential learning. The flow of the course was systematic and helpful to students. Swami Shankardev and Jayne Stevenson have a remarkable ability to use language to communicate a profound depth of knowledge and experience. More importantly, you are so open to questions that arise for me, and I deeply value the connection. There are no words to communicate how meaningful and helpful you have both been to me.”

Indianapolis, USA

Big Shakti

“Swami Shankardev's love of people and his passion for teaching the way of yoga inspires one to continue practicing the techniques. He is renowned for his ability to deliver yogic practices and philosophy in a manner that ignites an inner passion, motivating you to make these concepts a living reality in your life. This seminar (Facing Life) provides the ideal structure in which to learn and absorb, gradually leading you deeper into understanding.”

Sydney, Australia

Big Shakti

“Dr. Swami Shankardev is an excellent and profound teacher. A humble and thoughtful Yoga Acharya (Master of Yoga), he addresses his students with a strong desire to share his sacred knowledge in the true spirit of giving. After his visit to Jivamukti, I began to practice Big Shakti's guided meditations. I find them extremely helpful, full of wonderful instruction, and deeply soothing.”

Yoga Teacher, Jivamukti New York, NY USA

Big Shakti

“Swami Shankardev radiates the light and knowledge of his lineage along with a great sense of humor and a certain simplicity and lightness of being. Not a small feat! Big Shakti is a valuable site for all aspiring to yoga, laymen and advanced practitioners alike. Thank you for the great work!”

Yoga Teacher, Barcelona, Spain

Big Shakti

“Big Shakti's study programs provide a path to enlightenment and a practical yet highly spiritual means of attaining a more aware state wherever you are in your own development. Both Swami Shankardev and Jayne support your growth and learning in a safe, loving environment where questions are seen as part of the learning. The structure of the theory has given me the basis on which to build. It has helped me to understand so much about my life and the lives of those around me. I feel supported and held.”

Psychiatrist, Iowa City, USA

Big Shakti

“Big Shakti's study programs offer a multidimensional learning experience delivered with the highest standards. Dr Swami Shankardev and Jayne Stevenson are master educators and also exceptional communicators. They provide rich and authentic access to decades of knowledge and practical application. I am thankful to have my lifelong learning path facilitated by awakened albeit genuine and approachable facilitators!”

Wellbeing Practitioner, Sydney Australia


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