Kundalini refers to the coiled energy or ‘serpent’ resting at the base of the spine. Through an exact series of exercises, visualisation and chanting, this energy can awakened and move up the spine through the chakras (called the Kundalini Rising), with the ultimate goal being its rise through the crown of the head. This is often referred to as samadhi (union with the divine) or awakening kundalini.
What can you expect from a Kundalini Yoga practice?
A Kundalini Yoga program begins with a gentle warm-up, followed by a kriya (physical routine), savasana (relaxation) and meditation. Chanting or affirmation through sound or mantra is commonly done at the beginning and end of the practice. Kriyas target specific needs, from relieving depression and insomnia to energising the spine and the chakras.
* Siri Gopal’s (Mandy Farmer) excellent introduction to Kundalini yoga.
* Patty Kikos takes you on a journey through all eight chakras designed to revitalise your energy centres.
* Join Patty Kikos in 4 warm-up classes designed to energise and warm you up before starting your Kundalini practice.
* GuruJivan Goodman’s Kundalini Yoga routine for experienced Kundalini practioners.
Wear lose comfortable clothing preferably in natural fabrics. It is also traditionally practised on sheepskin, but you can practice on other natural fabrics such as cotton or wool, and use a yoga mat for extra grip!
With regular practice, you will feel a sense of greater control and focus, physical strength and flexibility, energy, confidence, and deep inner-calm.
Listen to the Live Yoga Life Kundalini Introductory Audio for guidelines on preparing for your practice.
For additional guidelines for your practice or for specific safety information on other styles or areas of yoga (such as Prenatal Yoga) check out our Safety Information page.