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12-29-2003, 05:43 PM
Yoga and Kundalini
In the Hindu tradition, kundalini is spiritual energy presumed to reside at the base of the spine. When it is awakened by practices such as yoga, it rises like a serpent up the spine, and opens the chakras' psychic centers situated along the spine from the tailbone to the top of the head.

As each chakra opens, new levels of consciousness are revealed. Since the consciousness of most people is fairly restricted, the opening of the chakras is accompanied by consciousness expansion and purification of the limitations or impurities that correspond to each chakra.
(Brant Cortright, PhD, Psychotherapy and Spirit, p. 161)
As kundalini rises, it is associated with physical symptoms including:

sensations of heat
involuntary laughing or crying
talking in tongues
nausea, diarrhea or constipation
rigidity or limpness
animal-like movements and sounds
Kundalini arousal most commonly occurs as an unintentional side-effect of yoga, meditation, qi gong. or other intensive spiritual practices. Some theorists consider psychotherapy, giving birth, unrequited love, celibacy, deep sorrow, high fever, and drug intoxication to be triggers. Some believe kundalini awakening can occur spontaneously without apparent cause