Kundalini yoga is an ancient form of yoga that has only been practiced in the west relatively recently. In 1969, Yogi Bhajan founded 3HO (the Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization) to introduce Kundalini to a broader population
Kundalini energy is one’s dormant spiritual energy. The Kundalini energy in its’ dormant state is visualized as a snake coiled up in the first chakra at the base of the spine, the Muladhara chakra.
It is said that the psychic energy of man lies in the lowe: abdominal region. This is called Kundalini Shakti and is likened to a serpen: coiled at the base of the spine, blocking a fine channel known as the Sushumna which travels up the spine. When the Kundalini Shakti is awakened, it ascend: to join the supreme power at the Sahasrara in the head. The process of awakening Kundalini Shakti through various Yogic practices is called Kundalini Yoga.
Kundalini yoga is based on kriyas, or specially formulated sets of exercises. This allows you to target specific benefits and work on exactly those aspects of yourself that need work at the current time. Any amount of time spent practicing – whether three minutes or an hour a day – produces significant benefits, and in turn, motivate individuals to dedicate more time to its practice.
Benefits of Kundalini Yoga
- Keeps body in shape.
- It increases oxygen capacity, boosts blood flow, balances the glandular system, strengthens the nervous system, and reduces stress-induced toxins such as adrenaline and cortisol
What to Expect in a Kundalini Class
A Kundalini class will usually consist of a warm-up to stretch the spine and improve flexibility, a sequence of poses (a kriya) that focus on a specific area of the body, and meditation, including the use of chanted mantras, pranayama, and mudras. Kundalini devotees often wear flowing white robes and head wraps.