Updated: Jan 24
Join Shakti Devi for the Himalayna Kundalini Yoga on Thursdays.
Kundalini, prakriti, maya, atma, shakti, svarupa—these are all terms for the immense potential lying dormant in each of us. Kundalini awakening means self-awakening—experiencing our highest self!
We practice asana, pranayama, bandhas, and mudras combined with powerful kriyas and mantras.
$15, payable at the studio
The science of kundalini is one of the most advanced and difficult branches of yoga. In this article I hope to set right some misconceptions of this science and to give a clearer conception of what kundalini yoga is.
To understand the meaning of kundalini we must consider it along with the word shakti. Kundalini comes from the Sanskrit root kundala—“coil.” The image of a serpent curled up while resting conveys the idea of kundalini. The word shakti comes from the root shak—“to have power” or “be able.” Taken together, these two words can be translated as “the coiled-up power” or “the resting potential.”
But what is this power and why is it resting? According to tantric philosophy, the entire universe is a manifestation of pure consciousness. In manifesting the universe, pure consciousness seems to become divided into two poles or aspects, neither of which can exist without the other.