Kundalini Yoga represents the Yoga of Awareness. It contains asanas that can open your heart, build strength to your body and release the excess of energy. Kundalini, also known as Laya Yoga. This yoga type gained life from tantra and shakta teachings. It developed on the belief that we have to awaken the kundalini energy from in body. We can do this through meditation, pranayama, using mantras and asanas.
Kundalini is the most spiritual yoga. The word “kundalini” means “coiled”. Symbolizing a metaphorical coiled snake at the base of every human’s spine. Practicing kundalini should should help you uncoil that snake and release all the energy it was holding within.
Kundalini Yoga is one of the oldest yoga practices. Kundalini Yoga was practiced since 500 B.C., in India, by Upanishads. Yogis brought it to the West lately, in 1969, due to the fact that it was secret yoga form. Yogi Bhajan broke this secrecy. Kundalini is kind of new for the western civilizations. But thanks to Yogi Bhajan, more and more people started to enjoy the benefits of it all around the world.
Kundalini Yoga is a very energetic kind of yoga. You have to be ready to jump, dance, breath deeply and to hold long poses. In this form of yoga, you use your will to awaken the kundalini inside of you and to guide the progress of the uncoiling. Due to daily practice, you awaken the the sleeping kundalini Shakti (or the snake). And arouse it from the coiled base through the 6 chakras. Until it, finally, enters the 7th chakra. The kundalini travels and the main pranic channels of our body to get to the crown chakra.
Meditation is often used in Kundalini Yoga to bring the awareness to our body. We have to achieve complete body awareness. This awareness prepares our body, mind and spirit to the rise and travel of the kundalini in our body.
The asanas were developed to focus on the naval and spine area with moves and pressurization. These poses concentrate on the meridian points of our body. These points open and close by pressure. Breathing techniques are also important in Kundalini to control the flow of the energy through the pranic channels.
Kundalini Yoga is spiritual form of yoga which can lead us to enlightenment and spiritual awakening. If you want to try a spiritual practice that also strengthens your body, calms you mind and bring awareness, then Kundalini is going to work best for you.