Origin: The iconic white turban-wearing Yogi Bhajan is the modern visionary who brought this ancient form of yoga to the West in 1969. Students flock to the Kundalini Research Institute in New Mexico for certification.
Philosophy: This mysterious form of yoga is focused on breathing and chanting—and less so on movement. Controlled breathing is practiced to create spiritual transformation by releasing the powerful Kundalini energy found at the base of the spine.
What to Expect: The Kundalini experience is quite different from your typical flow class. Prepare for intense breathwork that can leave the inexperienced feeling light-headed, but stick with it to enjoy a significant increase in energy and a calm of the mind by the end of practice.
Try it if…
… you're looking more than just a yoga body and want to work out your inner yogic spirit.