Kundalini Yoga is a physical and meditative aspect of yoga. It consists of a flexible set of Yoga techniques that engages the mind, the senses and the body in an attempt to develop a union of body and mind.
In Kundalini Yoga the focus is more on spiritual growth, rather than the ability to work the body. At the same time, important consideration is given to the role of the spinal column and the endocrine system in understanding Kundalini awakening.
Kundalini Yoga focuses attention on the 7 chakras (energy centers) in the body. The task is to release this power, known as Kundalini.
According to the philosophy of Yoga, Kundalini is the latent form of prana or life force, which has lain dormant at the base of the spinal column of our body, visualized as a coiled serpent. This power has the ability to awaken when activated by this discipline.
Kundalini Yoga is a strong and quite elaborate practice. It is made up of many physical postures (asanas), expressive movements, breathing exercises, and the practice of meditation. On the other hand, yoga scholars say that none of these postures and breathing exercises should be considered merely stretching or gymnastic exercises.
Although it is more physical in nature, the main benefit of Kundalini Yoga is derived from inner experience. For this reason, Kundalini Yoga is also called the yoga of consciousness, as it awakens the sleeping Kundalini. This is an infinite potential existing within each of us. Once this unlimited potential energy has been awakened and released in your body it rises up to the 7 physical chakras and awakens the higher centers. This gives greater insight and clarity of mind, as well as creative potential.