kundalini

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noun, often capitalized kun·da·li·ni \ˌku̇n-də-ˈlē-nē, ˌkən-\

Definition of kundalini

  1. :  the yogic life force that is held to lie coiled at the base of the spine until it is aroused and sent to the head to trigger enlightenment

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Kundalinī is the feminine form of the Sanskrit adjective meaning "circular" or "coiled." In yoga, the word applies to the life force that lies like a coiled serpent at the base of the spine and that can be sent along the spine to the head through prescribed postures and exercises. On the way, the kundalini passes through six chakras, or points of physical or spiritual energy in the human body. At the seventh chakra, the yogi is said to experience enlightenment.

Origin and Etymology of kundalini

Sanskrit kuṇḍalinī, from feminine of kuṇḍalin circular, coiled, from kuṇḍala ring


First Known Use: 1897


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