Yoga Style Profile: Kundalini Yoga

Learn how Kundalini Yoga incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation, and the chanting of mantras.
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An uplifting blend of spiritual and physical practices, 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.

Basic Principles

Using sound, breath, and posture, Kundalini Yoga aims to develop spiritual awareness by freeing the serpent power (kundalini) that is coiled in the base of the spine and drawing it upward through the seven chakras.

Learn more inIs a Kundalini Awakening Safe? 

Founders

Kundalini Yoga has its roots in the Tantric Yoga tradition, which dates back to the eighth century. In 1969, Sikh leader Yogi Bhajan (born in 1929) brought the practice to North America.

Where to Do It

Kundalini's spiritual center is the 3HO (Healthy, Happy, Holy) Foundation in Espanola, New Mexico; the foundation oversees 300 centers worldwide.

Side Business

The Yogi Tea Company sells a complete line of medicinal and healing teas.

Teachers to Know

Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Shanti Kaur Khalsa, Shakta Kaur Khalsa

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