Before starting practising Kundalini Yoga using DVDs it is important to know exactly what this form of Yoga encompasses. Kundalini yoga is a physical and meditative discipline, comprising a set of techniques that use the mind, senses and body to create a communication between "mind" and "body". It focuses on psycho-spiritual growth, bodily postures, expressive movements and utterances, character logical cultivations, breathing patterns, and degrees of concentration.
In Sanskrit, Kundalini means ‘kund’ to burn or to coil or to spiral. It is theoretical meant as a coiled up serpent - 'That which is coiled' but some state that it should be interpret it as 'lock of hair of the Beloved' lying at the bottom of our spine, which can bounce awake when activated by spiritual disciplines.
Yoga Kundalini Upanishad belongs to Yajurveda and deals with Kundalini Yoga practices. Kundalini Yoga is considered as a practice of Tantric origin. In Kundalini Yoga the creating and behind Sakti of the whole body is actually and truly united with Lord Siva. The Yogi provokes her to initiate him to Her Lord. The inspiring of Kundalini Sakti and Her Union with Lord Siva affects the state of Samadhi (Ecstatic union) and spiritual Anubhava (experience). Kundalini Herself, when awakened by the Yogins, gets for them the Jnana (illumination). In most Kundalini yoga DVDs the spiritual aspect has been lessened with more of a preference to the well-being side.
Kundalini can be understood by various meanings and these different methods are called by different names, viz., Raja Yoga, Hatha Yoga, etc. Most method include the following features: cross-legged positions, the positioning of the spine (usually straight), different methods to control the breath, the use of mantras, closed eyes, and mental focus (often on the sound of the breath). It is emphasized that the techniques are not meant to be a surrogate for medical care and advice.
Kundalini Yoga is occasionally called "the Yoga of Awareness" because it stir the "kundalini" which is the unlimited prospective that already exists within every human being Kundalini was considered a dangerous practice by ruling powers and the knowledge was pass down by Master to student only after long instigation processes to agree on the student's assurance. So the first step in becoming aware is purchasing a yoga DVD and starting your practice.