Kundalini Yoga is a path of yoga known as 'The Yoga of Awareness'. In 1969 Yogi Bhajan, a Master of Kundalini Yoga, came to the West. He wanted to share this technology with as many people as possible and to create teachers.
Kundalini means 'hair of my beloved' and it is believed that Kundalini, in the form of a serpent, lies coiled three-and-a-half times at the base of the spine. This is also known as Shakti, the female creative energy. The purpose of yoga is to join the male and female energies by uniting Shakti and Shiva. Shiva resides at the top of the head in the crown chakra. Yoga means 'union' and when Shakti and Shiva meet it is in a creative sense because Shiva has much to destroy before they can create together.
This powerful system of yoga works on the lymphatic system - Yogi Bhajan calls the glands 'our guardians of health' and there are yoga sets - kriyas - and meditations to practise for most disfunctions of the body, mind and spirit. The strong, physical exercises are often done for several minutes with closed eyes. This union of the physical and spiritual can make most of the exercises feel like meditations. Kundalini Yoga offers us a unique science which is at once healing, uplifting and transformational.