Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini yoga, known as the "yoga of awareness," is a transformative practice that aims to unlock and elevate the Kundalini energy situated at the base of the spine. It is a holistic blend of physical postures, controlled breathing, mantra chanting, and meditation called kriyas. These kriyas are crafted to awaken spiritual consciousness, enhance physical well-being, and sharpen mental clarity.

This style stands apart for its focus on awakening inner energy and consciousness. It combines dynamic physical exercises with profound spiritual elements, making it a deeply immersive and enlightening experience.

Origins

Kundalini yoga's roots trace back to the ancient Vedic and Tantric traditions of India. It was brought to a wider audience in the late 1960s by Yogi Bhajan, who introduced this once-secretive practice to the West.

Grounded in the belief of an untapped energy at the spine's base, kundalini yoga is intertwined with the concepts of chakras and spiritual awakening. It emphasizes the unification of body, mind, and spirit, leading to self-awareness and enlightenment.

Practice

Central to kundalini yoga is the activation of Kundalini energy to achieve spiritual growth. Practices are structured around kriyas — specific sets of exercises that combine asanas, pranayama, meditation, and mantra chanting.

Common Poses: Breath of Fire, Frog Pose, Sat Kriya, Spinal Twists

Suitability

Experience Level: Mixed Level (Suitable for All)

Physical Demand: Gentle Movement to Balanced Activity

Mind-Body Engagement: Balanced Mind-Body

Adaptability: Highly Adaptable

Focus Area: Specialized Focus

Notes

Promotes flexibility, core strength, enhanced respiratory function, glandular balance, nervous system fortification, and mental acuity. It also offers emotional balance and stress relief.

Similar Styles

Jivamukti Yoga

Equipment

Required: Yoga Mat

Nice to Have: Yoga Blanket, Bolster

Optional: Eye Pillow

References

'Kundalini Yoga: The Flow of Eternal Power' by Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa

'The Kundalini Yoga Experience' by Guru Dharam S. Khalsa and Darryl O'Keeffe

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