Being the most the ancient enigmatic philosophy Kundalini yoga only recently has been introduced to the West when in 1969 Yogi Bhajan, a famous Indian Guru founded the Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization to present Kundalini to a broad population.
The word ‘Kundalini’ originates from the Sanskrit word ‘kundala’, which means ‘coiled’. Regarding to yoga doctrine Kundalini is the coiled up cosmic energy or prana dormant at the base of the spine. This energy is represented as coiled up serpent. The Kundalini can be awakening from its coiled base and penetrates the seven chakras aligned from the base of the spine to the top of the head.
The Sanskrit word chakra generated from the word wheel and the chakras are interpreted as spinning wheels of energy. The chakras often get blocked and Kundalini yoga is designed to clear them. When all the chakras are in alignment, this energy is going up the spine to the crown of the head. Full enlightenment happens when kundalini reaches the Crown Chakra.
So, Kundalini can be considered as a sleeping energy within the human body although its awakening is not a physical manifestation; it means a development of human consciousness. Awakening of kundalini leads to joy, bliss and love.
In yoga doctrine kundalini is depicted in three forms. The first one is a general energy or para – kundalini. The second is an activating of the body and mind or prana – kundalini. And the third of these is a consciousness or shakti – kundalini which at the same time incorporates these two. Finally, these three forms are the same kundalini but understanding this can promote to become aware of the different demonstrations of kundalini.
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