KUNDALINI YOG

This system of Yog is concerned with awakening of the psychic centers or chakras, which exists in every individual. (Please refer to the figure) There are six main chakras in the human beings.

The mind is made up of different subtle layers. Each of these layers progressively are associated with the higher levels of consciousness. Each of these levels are related to the different chakra or psychic center located throughout the psychic body. There are no of other chakras apart from the six main, which are associated with planes below the human level. In all we have chakras that connect us to animal levels of mind, to the instinctive realms of being or to the sublime heights of consciousness.

In Kundalini Yog, higher-level chakras are awakened and also the activities associated with these higher psychic centers.

The basic method of awakening involves deep concentration on these chakras and forcing their arousal. Asanas, Pranayam, mudra and bandh and other forms of Yog such as Mantra Yog are also used to stimulate the awakening.

Kundalini Yog is a style of Yog that concentrates on the awakening of the energy that is found at the base of our spine, which is supposed to be in the form of a coiled snake. For that reason, Kundalini Yog is said to be the most powerful form of Yog known today. The goal of Kundalini Yog is to awaken Kundalini and send it moving up your spine all the way to your brain, which is believed to result in a sublime state of ecstasy and awareness.

Once the Kundalini (the energy in the form of a snake) is awakened, it passes through all the seven Chakras, or centers of consciousness, that are thought to reside in the human body. Each chakra provides a certain power or experience when stimulated.

Kundalini in your body can be awakened by : -

  • The practice of Asanas, Pranayam, and Mantras
  • Concentration and training of the mind
  • The practice of Hath Yog, Bhakti Yog, and Jan Yog
  • Selflessness and intellectual inquiry
  • With the help of a guru
Of the above mentioned methods, the last one is said to be the most important. Trying to awaken your Kundalini by force and without the aid of a guru can be dangerous. This can result in some symptoms such as mental confusion, headache or the feeling of something heavy in your head, psychosis, intense mood swings, epilepsy or other involuntary body movements, stress, depression, irregular breathing and immoral behavior.

Therefore, the Kundalini must never be awakened by force. Like a real snake, it can and will strike you if you provoke it. And like a professional snake handler, the guru will guide you on how to tame this snake and deal with it properly.


Awakening your Kundalini should not take a lot of effort. The only things you need are patience, perseverance, and devotion to your practice.