Kundalini Yoga is the most powerful Yoga ever known and is considered
as the mother of all the Styles of Yoga. It centers on awakening
the Kundalini, the energy (serpent power or Bhujangini) which
is found at the base of our spine or the Muladhara Chakra.
Kundalini came from the word kunda which means "pot" but it
Kundalini Sadhna, it is defined as the coiled energy that looks
like a serpent with three and a half coils lying dormant at
the base of the spine with the tip of its tail to its mouth.
The three coils represent the Three Gunas: the Sattva, Rajas
and Tamas, the half coil represents the VIkritis.
Anatomically, Kundalini is located in the perineum region of
the body, that is between the rectum and the testicles in males
and between the vagina and clitoris in females. Kundalini is
also the symbol of uniformity of the masculine power called
Siva and the feminine power called Sakti.
When these two different sources of energy unite, they become
complete and become a fundamental source of energy and power.
This union happens in the brain or Sahasrara Chakra and gives
us divine prosperity, universal energy, creativity, feeling
of love and affection and eliminates negative feelings such
as depression and jealousy.
Kundalini Yoga was brought to the West by Yogi Bhajan in 1969.
The practice of Kundalini Yoga involves Classic Poses, Chanting
or Mantra, coordination of Breath and movement and Meditation.
The emphasis however, is not on the Yoga Poses but on the Chanting
and Breathing. Kundalini Yoga rewards Yogis with spiritual transformation
and unity consciousness.
When the Kundalini is awakened, it produces a hissing sound
like a beaten serpent and pierces through the Muladhara Chakra
(Bheda), then through the Brahma Nadi and through the various
Chakras until it reaches the Sahasrara Chakra. As the Kundalini
passes through a Chakra, you will feel intense heat and once
it leaves that Chakra to go to the next Chakra, the one it left
will feel very cold and appear lifeless.
To understand the path of the Kundalini better, you need to
understand the Nervous System especially the Spinal Cord. The
Nervous System serves as the main control of our body and is
responsible for thought, imagination, memory and intelligence.
It is composed of the brain, nerves and the Spinal Cord. The
nerves are the parts which connect the different parts of the
body either directly to the brain or through the spinal cord.
The brain, on the other hand, commands and controls the body's
The Spinal Cord is composed of delicate nerves and tissues and
is protected by the Spinal or Vertebral Column. This organ serves
as the link between the brain and the body. The Spinal Cord
is lined with two circles of tissues on each side. The left
part is the Ida Nadi, the right is the Pingala Nadi and the
canal on which these two Nadis connect to each other is called
the Sushumna Nadi. The base of the Spinal Cord is closed and
triangle shaped with different plexuses and centers on it. These
centers are known as the Chakras.