By Christina | April 9, 2009
Kundalini yoga is a new discipline here in the West however is an ancient form of yoga. In 1969, Yogi Bhajan brought Kundalini in the hopes of reaching a broader population as previously it had not been taught to the public. Yogi Bhajan felt that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy its benefits.
Kundalini energy is represented as a serpent which is lying dormant at the base of the spine. It is an untapped energy which can be drawn up through the body as it awakens each of the seven body energy centers or chakras. Enlightenment, the goal of yoga, occurs when the energy reaches the Crown (or top) Chakra.
Each pose in the Kundalini practice is accompanied by a specific breath which intensifies the effect of the pose in the hopes that it will free the energy in the zone and allow it to flow upwards. A Kundalini sequence is typically a series of rapid, repetitive movements done with breath or holding a pose while breathing in a particular way.
Kundalini yoga is truly a physically challenging practice with a heavy emphasis on spirituality. There is focus on breathing, meditation, and chanting. This type of yoga appeals to those who are up for both mental and physical challenges.