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What Is the Kundalini Snake?

What Is the Kundalini Snake?

What is the Kundalini snake? Learn about this spiritual energy and its symbolic meaning in this article. Discover how to awaken Kundalini and experience its transformative effects.

What is Kundalini?

Kundalini is a Sanskrit word that means “coiled” or “circular.” It is dormant vital energy that is said to lie at the base of the spine. When awakened, Kundalini energy can rise up the spine, activating and opening the chakras, which are energy centers located along the spinal cord in the body. 

The Kundalini snake is a symbol of this spiritual energy. You’ll often find it referred to as Kundalini Spirit in other spiritual texts but it basically means the same thing. It is often depicted as a serpent coiled at the base of the spine, ready to rise up and awaken. The snake is also a symbol of transformation and rebirth, as it sheds its skin to reveal a new layer of skin underneath.

The History of the Kundalini Serpent

The history of the Kundalini serpent can be traced back to the ancient Vedic texts of India. The Upanishads, which were written between the 9th and 7th centuries BCE, are the first texts to mention Kundalini.

The Upanishads describe Kundalini as a latent divine energy that lies dormant at the base of the spine. When awakened, Kundalini can rise up the spine, activating and opening the chakras.

The Kundalini serpent is also mentioned in the Tantras, which are a collection of Hindu and Buddhist texts that were written between the 5th and 12th centuries CE.

The Tantras describe Kundalini as a powerful feminine energy that is associated with the goddess Shakti. The Tantric Tradition also provides methods for awakening Kundalini energy through deep meditation, breathing techniques, yoga poses, yoga journaling, and other spiritual practices.

The concept of Kundalini spread to other parts of Asia, including Tibet and China, where it was incorporated into Buddhist and Taoist teachings. In the 19th century, Kundalini began to be introduced to the West by Hindu and Buddhist teachers.

The Kundalini serpent is a symbol of profound transformation. It represents the potential for each of us to awaken the creative energy that lies within all of us and reach our highest potential.

Here are some notable figures from the history of Kundalini:

  • Adi Shankara (788-820 CE): A Hindu philosopher and theologian who is credited with reviving the Advaita Vedanta school of thought. Shankara wrote extensively about Kundalini, and his teachings have been influential in the development of Kundalini yoga.
  • Tilopa (988-1069 CE): A Buddhist tantric master who is considered to be one of the founders of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. Tilopa is credited with developing the practice of Kundalini yoga in the Tibetan tradition.
  • Naropa (1016-1100 CE): A Buddhist tantric master who was a disciple of Tilopa. Naropa wrote extensively about Kundalini, and his teachings are still studied by Tibetan Buddhists today.
  • Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950): An Indian philosopher, yogi, and poet who founded the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Sri Aurobindo wrote extensively about Kundalini, and his teachings are often referred to by modern yogic texts.
  • Swami Sivananda (1887-1963): A Hindu guru and yogi who founded the Divine Life Society. Sivananda was a prolific writer, and his books on yoga and spirituality are still widely read today. Sivananda wrote extensively about Kundalini, and how it can be awoken through yoga practices.

Today, Kundalini Yoga is practiced by people all over the world. It is a popular form of yoga that is known for its transformative effects.

What the Kundalini Snake Means for the Chakras

The Kundalini snake is a powerful symbol of spiritual transformation. It is said to lie dormant at the base of the spine, at the Muladhara Chakra, otherwise known as the Root Chakra. When the dormant energy awakens, it rises up the spine, activating and opening the chakras as it goes.

Each chakra is associated with a different aspect of our physical, emotional, and spiritual being. As the serpent power rises through each chakra, it spreads life force energy throughout the body helping to balance and heal that chakra.

Here is a more detailed look at what the Kundalini snake means for each chakra:

Muladhara Chakra (Root Chakra)

The Root Chakra is associated with our sense of grounding, survival, and security. It is also associated with our basic needs, such as food, shelter, and clothing. When the Kundalini energy is awakened, it helps to strengthen the Muladhara Chakra and provide the strong foundation we need in life.

When the Muladhara Chakra is balanced, we feel grounded and secure. We are able to meet our basic needs and feel safe and comfortable in the world. We are also able to connect with our physical bodies and feel present in the moment.

Svadhisthana Chakra (Sacral Chakra)

The Sacral Chakra is associated with our creativity, sexuality, and pleasure. It is also associated with our emotions, such as joy, sadness, anger, and desire. When the serpent energy is awakened, it helps to open the Svadhisthana Chakra and allows us to express our creative and sexual energies in a healthy way.

When the Svadhisthana Chakra is balanced, we are able to express ourselves creatively and enjoy our lives. We are also able to connect with our emotions and feel them fully. We are able to have healthy and fulfilling relationships with others.

kundalini awakening
Kundalini activation

Manipura Chakra (Solar Plexus Chakra)

The Solar Plexus Chakra is associated with our personal power, will, and confidence. It is also associated with our sense of self-identity and ego. When the Kundalini energy is awakened, it helps to strengthen the Manipura Chakra and gives us the courage to pursue our goals and dreams.

When the Manipura Chakra is balanced, we feel confident and in control of our lives. We are able to set and achieve our goals. We are also able to stand up for ourselves and express our needs and desires.

Anahata Chakra (Heart Chakra)

The Heart Chakra is associated with love, compassion, and forgiveness. It is also associated with our relationships with others and our ability to connect with them on a deep level. When the Kundalini energy is awakened, it helps to open the Anahata Chakra and allows us to give and receive love more freely.

When the Anahata chakra is balanced, we are able to love and be loved unconditionally. We are also able to forgive ourselves and others. We feel compassion for others and a deep connection to all of humanity.

Vishuddha Chakra (Throat Chakra)

The Throat Chakra is associated with our communication, self-expression, and truth. It is also associated with our creativity and our ability to express ourselves authentically. When the Kundalini energy is awakened, it helps to open the Vishuddha Chakra and allows us to communicate our truth.

When the Vishuddha Chakra is balanced, we are able to communicate our thoughts and feelings honestly and openly. We are also able to listen to others and understand their perspectives. We feel confident in our ability to express ourselves creatively and authentically.

Ajna Chakra (Third Eye Chakra)

The Third Eye Chakra is associated with our intuition, wisdom, and inner vision. It is also associated with our ability to see beyond the physical world and to perceive the truth. When the Kundalini energy is awakened, it helps to open the Ajna Chakra and allows us to see and understand the world around us more clearly.

When the Ajna Chakra is balanced, we are able to trust our intuition and follow our inner guidance. We are also able to see things clearly and to understand the deeper meaning of life. We feel connected to our higher selves and to the divine universal consciousness.

Sahasrara Chakra (Crown Chakra)

The Crown Chakra is associated with our spiritual connection to the universe. It is the seat of our spiritual power and associated with our sense of oneness with all that is. When the Kundalini energy reaches the Sahasrara Chakra, it is said to unite us with the divine.

When the Sahasrara Chakra is balanced, we feel a deep sense of peace and love. We feel connected to all of humanity and to all of creation. 

Where Is Kundalini Located?

Kundalini is said to be located at the base of the spine, where the Root Chakra can be found (that’s why you sometimes see it referred to as the Base Chakra). It is often depicted as a dormant serpent coiled at the base of the spine. When Kundalini is awakened, this coiled power is said to rise up the spinal column, activating and opening the energy centers as it goes.

However, it is important to note that Kundalini is not a physical thing. It is a cosmic energy that is said to reside in the energetic body. The energetic body is a subtle body that surrounds the physical body. It is made up of chakras, nadis (energy channels), and other energy centers.

So, while Kundalini is often said to be located at the base of the spine, this is not to be taken literally. Kundalini is an energetic phenomenon, and it cannot be seen in the physical body. 

When Kundalini is awakened, it can be felt in different parts of the body, depending on the flow of energy and which chakra is being activated.

For example, when the Kundalini energy is rising up through the Root Chakra, it may be felt in the base of the spine, the genitals, or the legs. When the Kundalini energy rises up through the Heart Chakra, it may be felt in the heart space or the chest.

Kundalini body map
Kundalini body map

How to Awaken the Kundalini Snake

Awakening the kundalini snake is said to be a powerful and transformative mystical experience that can lead to increased awareness, heightened intuition, and a sense of deep peace and love. It can also lead to physical and emotional healing, and a greater sense of purpose in life.

It should be approached carefully and with patience. Some people have reported experiencing kundalini syndrome (an overabundance of spiritual energy in the body) from rushing into kundalini awakening.

There are many different ways to gently and safely awaken the Kundalini snake. Some of the most common methods include yoga, meditation, and mantra chanting.

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga is a dynamic, powerful, and spiritual form of yoga that combines asanas (postures), pranayama (breathwork), mudras (hand gestures), and mantra (chanting). It is a practice that is designed to awaken the Kundalini energy.

Kundalini Yoga is a relatively new form of yoga, having been introduced to the West in the 1960s by Yogi Bhajan. However, it is based on ancient yogic traditions that date back thousands of years.

Kundalini Yoga is a very holistic practice, and it is said to have many benefits, both physical and spiritual.

Some of the spiritual benefits of Kundalini Yoga include:

  • Increased awareness and consciousness
  • Heightened intuition
  • A deeper sense of connection to oneself and to others
  • A greater sense of peace and well-being

Kundalini Yoga is a powerful and transformative practice, but it is important to note that it can also be challenging. It is important to start slowly and to listen to your body. It is also recommended to find a qualified Kundalini Yoga teacher to guide you.

Kundalini Meditation

Kundalini meditation is a type of meditation that focuses on awakening the Kundalini energy.

Kundalini meditation can be practiced in many different ways. However, most Kundalini meditations involve sitting in a comfortable position with the spine straight and the eyes closed. You then focus on the breath and begin to chant a mantra. Mantras are powerful sound vibrations that can be used to awaken powerful energy within our beings.

You continue to chant the mantra and focus on the breath until you feel the Kundalini energy rising up your spine. This may happen immediately, or it may take some time and practice.

Once the Kundalini energy is rising, you can focus on opening and activating the chakras. This can be done by visualizing the chakras as spinning wheels of light. You can also focus the mind by chanting specific mantras for each chakra.

You continue to meditate until you feel the Kundalini energy reach the Crown Chakra, which is the energy center located at the top of the head. Once the Kundalini energy has reached the Crown Chakra, the meditator may experience a sense of oneness with the universe.

Mantra for Kundalini Yoga

A mantra is a sacred sound, word, or phrase that is repeated during meditation or yoga. Mantras are believed to have powerful spiritual and energetic effects. In Kundalini Yoga, mantras are used to awaken and guide the Kundalini energy.

Mantras can be chanted aloud or silently. They can also be chanted with a specific rhythm or melody. When chanting a mantra, it is important to focus on the sound of the mantra and to allow the sound to resonate throughout the body.

Here is a simple Kundalini Yoga mantra meditation that you can try:

  1. Sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight and your eyes closed.
  2. Place your hands on your knees and begin to chant the mantra “Sat Nam.”
  3. Continue chanting the mantra for 5-10 minutes.
  4. As you chant the mantra, focus on the sound of the mantra and allow the sound to resonate throughout your body.
  5. If you find your mind wandering, gently bring it back to the mantra.
  6. After you have finished chanting the mantra, sit in silence for a few minutes and observe your breath.
  7. Slowly open your eyes and end your meditation.

This is just a simple meditation, and there are many other Kundalini Yoga mantra meditations that you can try. There are also many Kundalini Yoga mantra meditation resources available online and in libraries.

chakra mantra chart
Chakra Mantra Chart

Takeaway

The Kundalini Snake is a symbol of the powerful universal energy that lies within each of us. By connecting inwards through healing practices such as Kundalini Yoga and meditation we can rebalance our chakras and reach our full potential.

Remember all chakra healing practices take time and patience. Awakening your kundalini can take a lifetime of work and dedication, but every time you connect with your dormant energy, you move a step closer to inner peace.

Author

  • Clare Smith

    Hi, I’m Clare – writer and publisher of Chakra Practice. I’m a certified chakra energy healer and a philosophy major. I love researching and writing about everything to do with chakras, including trying out new crystals, candles, essential oils – anything that can help me in my practice.