The name Kundalini describes the untapped energy, also known as prana, that rests at the bottom of the spine. Through Kundalini yoga, practitioners focus on pulling this energy upward into the seven chakras. The ultimate goal is to bring the energy to the crown chakra at the top of the head. In order to bring the energy upward, Kundalini yoga combines asanas, or poses, with specific breathing techniques. The series of poses, known as kriyas, combine mindful periods of holding a specific asana with rapid, repetitive motions and specified breath patterns.
Developed by Yogi Bhajan in the 1960s, Kundalini yoga derives from ancient practices. Yogi Bhajan founded the Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization (3HO) in 1969 to bring this form of yoga to the greater public. Since then, it has become popular in the West among yoga practitioners who seek to boost the mind-body connection. The style often involves periods of meditation, usually accompanied by a gong and chanting.
Most Kundalini yoga studios offer a wide range of different types of practice that vary in terms of physical demands, making it an ideal style for individuals seeking a full-body workout, as well as those who seek a more relaxing experience.