There are several different types of yoga practiced today. Three popular forms are Kundalini, Vinyasa, and Hatha.
Kundalini Yoga, also called the Yoga of Awareness, is named after the Kundalini, or energy thought to lie curled like a serpent at the base of the spine. The teachings say this serpent, or energy, is “asleep” or dormant. By practicing this type of yoga, the energy gradually “awakens,” expanding your awareness.
Kundalini Yoga focuses on exercising the spine and navel center in an effort to awaken the Kundalini energy stored in the spine. Breath is very important. Each asana should be practiced with a specific breathing sequence.
Although it can be physically challenging, it is one of the more spiritual types of yoga. In addition to the Asanas, there are specific mantras, chanting, and meditation sequences.
Although it’s been said Kundalini is over 5000 years old, almost all of what we know comes from a man named Yogi Bhajan. Bhajan brought his knowledge of Kundalini Yoga to the West in 1969 and taught until 2004.
Bhajan established 3HO (Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization) to continue his teachings.