How it works
“Kundalini” refers to the creative life force that exists within the body. This source energy lives at the base of the spine and travels through it to nourish all physical and energetic systems that create our experience. Our physical health, energy level and quality of sensory perception is dependent on the flow of this Kundalini energy.
Kundalini Yoga is about engaging this life force for maximum vitality and sensory perception. It combines ancient mystical yogic traditions that align breath with movement and mantra to awaken kundalini energy and distribute it throughout the body.
Another way to consider “kundalini” energy is the cerebrospinal fluid that travels up the spine and nourishes grey matter of the brain. It’s argued that a “kundalini awakening” is experience of spinal fluid entering into brain. This fluid is necessary for brain function, and by increasing its flow we turn more parts of the brain online - hence the feeling of expanded awareness. This is why Kundalini Yoga is such a powerful practice, and beginners are often surprised at how quickly it works to shift consciousness.
Kundalini Yoga was brought to the west from India in 1969 by Yogi Bhajan. His goal was to teach others how to activate “the guru within” so that people became sovereign and empowered within their own being.