Kundalini Yoga derives its name from its focus on awakening kundalini energy through the practice of meditation, pranayama, chanting mantra and yoga asana. Called by practitioners the yoga of awareness, it aims to cultivate the creative spiritual human potential to uphold values, speak truth, and focus on the compassion and consciousness needed to serve and heal others.
Kundalini Yoga is a synthesis of many traditions including, haṭha yoga techniques such as asana and pranayama, kriya yoga consisting of self-discipline, self-study, and devotion practices and tantric visualization and meditation techniques oriented towards the awakening of kundalini.
Kundalini refers to spiritual cosmic energy or life force located at the base of the spine, conceptualized as a coiled-up serpent. The practice of Kundalini Yoga aims to arouse the sleeping Kundalini Shakti from its coiled base and move it upwards through the 6 chakras to penetrate the 7th, crown, chakra.
Breathwork and the application of bandhas, also known as yogic locks, are essential in Kundalini Yoga practice as they aid in releasing, directing and controlling the flow of Kundalini energy from the lower chakras to the higher chakras.
The practices of kriyas and meditations in Kundalini Yoga are designed to raise body awareness to prepare the body, nervous system, and mind to handle the energy of Kundalini rising. Most physical postures focus on navel activity, alignment, and selective pressure on the meridians.
Each Kundalini Yoga class offers a kriya (a set of postures, sounds and breathwork) designed to raise your kundalini energy and bring you to greater physical and emotional health. The kriya is followed by a relaxation and a meditation.