What is Kundalini Yoga?
Kundalini yoga is sometimes referred to as the mother yoga. For a nice introduction to Kundalini please click the play button on the bottom of the video. You should enjoy it.
The power of this style of yoga is said to come from the Kundalini, which is a huge reserve of untapped potential that resides within everyone.
Kundalini yoga emphasizes rapid movement through the poses and emphasizes breathing, chanting, and meditation. Also it focuses on energy balance and awakening the dormant energy reserve you have in your body. It has a much more spiritual feel than other Hatha yoga styles.
You might find it physically and mentally challenging if you’re a beginner and unfamiliar with yoga poses, chanting, and meditation.
If you do find this style to challenging you can also look for a Hatha yoga class (by definition they all are Hatha yoga, but as far as marketing is concerned when you see Hatha yoga advertised it generally refers to an easier more relaxed form of yoga)
With Kundalini yoga you can build a healthy body, develop a balanced mind, make contact with your inner potential both creatively and physically. It is said that Kundalini is a great way to discover you inner potential, and develop the inner peace and strength to meet life’s challenges and win.
One thing that makes this style of yoga very unique is that it draws on all of the different yogic systems to make a very well rounded style. But even with this is still has a focus that is more towards the spiritual then the physical postures.
Background on this style
This is one of the oldest yoga styles know. As for how old, well the numbers very a lot depending on who you talk to but a reasonable guess is around 3000 years. As for its introduction to the public… that came a lot more recently.
It was introduced to the general public by Yogi Bhajan and in 1969 was brought to the west by him. He came with the goal to create teachers and make Kundalini yoga more accessible to everyone who wanted to learn.