An Overview of Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini Yoga is a religious variant of yoga that needs practitioners to go beyond the physical performance of asanas. In addition to asanas to prepare the body, It emphasizes chanting, meditation and breathing in addition to asanas to prepare the body. The purpose of this Yoga is to create a conscious connection with the Divine by raising the inner energy to a higher frequency and thus lifting our knowledge to realize the ultimate combination with the divine. Kundalini is positioned at the base of the spine and is represented as a coiled serpent.
The vertebral column of an individual has seven chakras or energy centers. The purpose of Kundalini yoga is to arouse and move this sleeping serpent from the bottom of the spine to the top of the head which means from our bottom Chakra to our top Chakra through several yogic austerities. A person reaches full spiritual enlightenment when the Kundalini energy reaches the Crown Chakra(top chakra). Once enlightened, the person becomes a form of divinity and it is believed that he can link to the cosmic power at will and draw from it thereby making Nature a servant.
Kundalini Yoga tones and strengthens the internal organs, glands and nerve fibers of the body and finally pulls the senses and mind to an inward experience of a deeper state of consciousness. Kundalini Yoga helps an individual to in awakening his dormant spiritual force and helps in acquiring a feeling of bliss. The main purpose of arousing the Kundalini and shifting the energy from the lower to the higher chakras is to give an experience to the practitioner of the infinite. Dhyana or Meditation is one of the most important parts of Kundalini yoga practice.
Through meditation, one reaches a higher level of self-consciousness which is the first step on the way to awakening the Kundalini. For many thousands of years, this technique of Kundalini science was handed down from guru to only a few of his chosen disciples. Today, people from all over the world are showing curiosity in this ancient science for spiritual illumination, leading a purposeful life and keeping healthy.