kundalini


kundalini
/koon'dl ee"nee/, n. Hinduism.
the vital force lying dormant within one until activated by the practice of yoga, which leads one toward spiritual power and eventual salvation.
[ < Skt kundalini]

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In some tantric forms of Yoga, the cosmic energy believed to be within everyone.

It is pictured as a coiled serpent lying at the base of the spine. Through a series of exercises involving posture, meditation, and breathing, a practitioner can force this energy up through the body to the top of the head. This brings about a sensation of bliss, as the ordinary self is dissolved into its eternal essence, atman.

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▪ Yoga concept
      in some Tantric (esoteric) forms of Yoga, the cosmic energy that is believed to lie within everyone, pictured as a coiled serpent lying at the base of the spine. In the practice of Laya Yoga (“Union of Mergence”), the adept is instructed to awaken the kuṇḍalinī, also identified with the deity Shakti. Through a series of techniques that combine prescribed postures, gestures, and breathing exercises, the practitioner brings the kuṇḍalinī up along the spine to his head. On the way the kuṇḍalinī passes through six imagined centres, or cakra (chakra)s. When the kuṇḍalinī arrives at the seventh cakra, at the top of the head, the practitioner experiences an overwhelming and indescribable feeling of bliss that mystically represents the practitioner's reintegration with atman, or the eternal essence of the self.

      The exercises used by the adept to achieve this union involve the purificatory practices, bodily postures, breathing, and meditation exercises that are common to other forms of Yoga.

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