The Kundalini Ritual
As the name suggests, Kundalini yoga is a type of yoga that emphasizes the awakening and harnessing of kundalini energy. Although often dismissed as a form of male enhancement, kundalini derives its power from kundalini shakti, the life force that lies dormant in women’s ovaries just beneath the outer layers of skin. Kundalini yoga is believed to be the energy associated with the divine female. Like other forms of yoga, kundalini yoga focuses on breathing exercises, meditation, mantra, and movement. More info: yoga-society.com/blogs/yoga/what-is-kundalini-yoga
Kundalini Yoga places a great emphasis on spiritual evolution as well as spiritual realization. Because the energy of kundalini energy is coiled like a serpent three and a half times around the body, it can only be awakened when it reaches the crown of the skull. At this point, said serpent rises to the third eye, the source of all seeing and experiencing energy, and moves upward through the spinal column moving past the ribs, up to the top of the head. There, it pulls itself back into the spinal column and repeats the process. Because the serpent has so much power and potential, this cycle is said to resemble the rising and setting of the sun. This spiritual evolution of the kundalini energy has been the basis for much of ancient tantric philosophy and art.
Kundalini Yoga has inspired many spiritual and physical philosophies and practices. Some of these include the ancient science of yoga, Hatha Yoga, Jnana Yoga, and Kundalini Yoga, all of which stress the importance of conscious breathing exercises, meditation, and mantra. In addition, they also emphasize the power of specific chant styles, including Bhai Phota, Maha Sahasra, Praval Matsyayana, and Bhastrika. While the primary goal of these forms of yoga is to reach kundalini consciousness, the meditative aspects are not overlooked. Meditation is integral to all forms of Kundalini Yoga and when practiced regularly, can help achieve greater physical and psychological awareness.