With Ann Gianroop Tracy
The practice of Kundalini Yoga incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation, and the chanting of mantras, such as Sat nam (“I am truth”). The goal is to build physical vitality and increase consciousness.
The term Kundalini means "a spiritual energy or life force located at the base of the spine", which is usually conceptualized as a coiled-up serpent.
Using sound, breath, and posture, Kundalini Yoga aims to develop spiritual awareness by freeing the serpent power and drawing it upward through the seven chakras.
These days Kundalini yoga is a synthesis of many traditions and the kriyas and meditations in Kundalini Yoga are designed to raise complete body awareness to prepare the body, nervous system and mind to handle the energy of Kundalini rising. Many of the physical postures are designed to activate the navel, spine and focal points of pressurization on meridians (energy points). Through breath work (pranayama) and the application of yogic locks of energy (bandhas), the release, direction and control of the flow of Kundalini energy is achieved.
In the words of Yogi Bhajan, who brought the practice to North America: “The process of growth through Kundalini Yoga is a natural unfolding of your own nature. The blocks to that growth are your attachments to the familiarity of the past, and your fear of the expanded Self. As you practice Kundalini Yoga you will grow. Like a snake you will need to shed old skins to be more of who you are.”