Kundalini meditation is a practice of Kundalini yoga in which enlightenment occurs when inner spiritual energy reaches the crown chakra at the top of the head. Kundalini is dormant spiritual energy focused at the base of the spine. This energy is drawn up through the body, awakening each of the seven chakra points. Each Kundalini meditation session usually begins with a stretching exercise designed to loosen up the spine.
The Kundalini method is a very spiritual form of yoga that goes beyond the usual stretching and motion exercises of other forms of yoga. Kundalini yoga is performed by striking physical poses while simultaneously putting an emphasis on breathing, chanting and meditation. This is generally done while sitting on the floor. The practice also uses finger motions, called mudras, designed to reduce stress, which can slow the spreading of the positive Kundalini energy through the body. The mantra chants used in this meditation are based on ancient Sanskrit phrases. Th sounds "Sa Ta Na Ma" translate to birth, life, death and rebirth.
Because Kundalini Yoga is a special practice aimed at awakening a deeper spiritual force, some teachers of yoga explain that it requires more long-term commitment and a greater desire for deeper spiritual knowledge than other practices do.