As we come into Spring, a time that represents rebirth and growth after a period of darkness, this is the perfect time to talk about Kundalini energy! Spring relates to transformation and rebirth in nature, so what better time to focus on your personal energy and overall wellness?
As you let go of anything that no longer serves you and welcome more light into your life, you’re likely releasing energy and blockages on your chakras. An excellent way to do this is actually through Kundalini yoga, a branch that focuses on awareness, consciousness, and chakras. However, what exactly is Kundalini energy and how do you awaken it?
If you’re unfamiliar with the chakra system, please read this article first.
What Is Kundalini Energy?
Kundalini energy is an ancient concept derived from Hindu texts and ancient yogic scripts. Kundalini is a Sanskrit term that translates to “coiled one,” which is why the symbol for Kundalini energy incorporates a serpent coiled around the spine approximately three and a half times. Kundalini is often illustrated using two serpents intertwined around one another as they twist upwards, ascending the spine in a circular motion, representing the awakening and balancing of each chakra.
Here’s a standard illustration of the Kundalini symbol:
Interestingly enough, the intertwined shape that the serpents form together resembles the design of the double helix DNA. It is said that our DNA contains ancient, universal information, as if it’s a living library for us to access through consciousness. Yogic texts explain that Kundalini energy is present when a fetus begins to form in the mother’s womb, and that it coils at the base of the spine at birth. Kundalini energy can stay coiled at the base of the spine until death, at which point it returns to Source, or it can be awakened.
Kundalini energy can begin to unravel, starting from the base of the spine and working its way up to the crown of the head, as a result of spiritual practices and/or life events affecting your chakras and personal growth. This process can be extremely slow or can occur suddenly and all at once, almost as if it was an explosion of energy.
According to yogis, the two nerve currents that move up the spine represented by serpents are a combination of masculine and feminine energy. Ida is the left channel, or the serpent pictured on the left, representing white, feminine, cold, and the Moon. Pingala is the right channel, which is red, masculine, hot, and is associated with the Sun.