Kundalini yoga/ meditation is the most important Tantra tradition that influenced Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism and many other religious traditions in the past. But Kundalini yoga/meditation remained independent of all cults, dogma and belief and emerged as spiritual science. Before, one can venture into Kundalini path, one should become familiar with terms which can be termed as the anatomy of Kundalini yoga/meditation.
The Himalayan master in one breath used to recite these terms namely Kundalini, chakra, Nadi (energy pathways), Prana (life force), Bandha (locks), Mudra (hand gestures and Tantra mudras), Yantra, mantra and three Granthi (knots of ignorance). Every student on the path must learn the philosophy, anatomy so it becomes easy for him to practice without any danger.
Kundalini is a consciousness force, three and half times coiled, located a little above the base of spine. Three coils represent waking, dream and sleep states and half coiled indicates the transitional state of consciousness.
The subtle body consists of energy body, known as Pranamaya Kosha that contains 72864 nadis (not the nerve of science but energy pathways). The potential energy is also referred to as Kundalini.
Chakra is located in different parts of the spine, represents different states of consciousness. There are 7/9 chakras located in the body according to different traditions. They are centers of consciousness are awakened when energy passes or prices through them during Kundalini awakening. Every chakra is assigned mantra, Yantra and consciousness force representing by symbolic deities. Further first five chakra from below, are also represents five elements namely earth, water, fire, air and ether. The Himalayan master used to remind the students to know clearly about 16-essentials. These essentials are subtle practices needs to perfect before any progress can be made. When a student venture into the path without the supervision of a teacher, he is not fully aware of these essentials and encounter many dangers. However, if the practice is done with 16 essentials under the guidance of a master, there is no danger on the path.
There are practices that cannot be written here but one can still follow simple, easy and effective practices to prepare oneself for the path. One should practice –deep, silent and slow breathing into the belly and rib cage daily for 10-15 minutes. It not only helps to clear the lungs but induces deep muscular, mental and emotional relaxation. The second practice is chanting of mantra loudly, sweetly and mentally in order. For example, mantra ‘LAM’ can be chanted for 10 minutes while sin any meditative posture (Padamasana or sukhasana). The 10 minutes of chanting should be divided into three steps – 3 minutes each of loud chanting and whispering and 4 minutes of mental chanting. The third practice is awakening to different parts of body with Bandha and Mudras. Lie down on the back comfortably and squeeze the muscles of the anus and genitals and release with normal breathing. The practice can be done for 5-10 minutes followed by relaxing in shavasana.