The 101 on Kundalini yoga

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While the different types of yoga may seem similar to the novice, there are actually many nuances within each practice.

Though some people swear by hot yoga, and others prefer restorative sessions, Kundalini yoga is fast gaining popularity due to its blend of movement, sound, and breath.

"Brought to the western world in the '70s by Yogi Bhajan, Kundalini is derived from the Sanskrit word Kundal (coiled energy). The practice is focused on shedding old skin and leaning into who you truly are," explained Compass Chelsea founder & yogi Alexandra Baldi. "The practice works to move energy up from the base of our spine to the crown of our head - passing through and unblocking each of the seven chakras. The ultimate goal? To boost self-awareness, silence the mind and allow energy to move freely through the body."

And before even stepping into a gym or yoga studio for a Kundalini yoga session, it's possible to get to grips with the practice at home by trying three key poses.

1. Breath of fire

In a seated position, with closed eyes and attention in between the brows. Take short, quick breaths through the nose and build up speed.

"By building heat in the body and stimulating blood flow, it creates a glow from the inside out like no other," said Alexandra.

2. Kirtan Kriya singing

Repeated chanting of the primal sounds Saa Taa Naa Maa (meaning My True Essence).

"This is known to improve attention, concentration, focus, short term memory, and mood," she continued.

3. Tuck pose

Best to do first thing in the morning - lie on your back and bend your knees to your chest. Bring your nose to your knees and begin Breath of Fire.

"This pose directly stimulates the digestive organs, providing relaxation and relief," the yogi added.

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