Kundalini yoga ( kuṇḍalinī-yoga) derives from Kundalini, defined as energy that lies dormant at the base of the spine until it is activated, as by the practice of yoga, and channeled upward through the chakras in the process of spiritual perfection. Kundalini is believed to be power associated with the divine feminine.
What is Kundalini yoga?
Others refer to Kundalini Yoga as a Life-Changing Experience! Shakti the Serpent bids you “Sat Nam!” and welcome to Kundalini Yoga, an ancient technology sometimes referred to as the mother of all yogas, and arguably the most powerful and fast-acting yoga there is.
Just like any yoga class, you can expect to be downward dogging and planking, but what sets Kundalini yoga apart from other types of yoga is its focus on using your breath to harness the energy within you. Through meditation, chanting, and singing, Kundalini yoga enhances your practice by promoting more self-awareness and stillness.
Benefits of Kundalini Yoga
There are thousands of Kriyas in Kundalini yoga, and each pose within a Kriya is specifically designed to strengthen different systems in the body, such as the endocrine or nervous system. It may sound a little soft, but there’s science to back up these claims.
A 2018 study from the International Journal of Yoga Therapy suggests that Kundalini yoga can help reduce symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder, soothing feelings of restlessness, and edginess. A 2017 study, which followed 26 people taking Kundalini yoga classes for three months, found that practicing this form of yoga can help decrease cortisol levels and perceived stress. And finally, some research suggests that Kundalini yoga may also help prevent cognitive decline and ease depression symptoms.
The positive effects of Kundalini yoga on mental health, in particular, can make a big difference in the way you approach life, which brings us to our next point: the Kundalini awakening.