The Coils Of Kundalini

Kundalini is derived from kundala, meaning a “ring” or “coil. ” This cosmic energy is symbolized as a sleeping serpent with three and a half coils. The three coils represent the three states of the mind:

1. Jagrat, awake.

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Svapna, dreaming.

3. Susupti, deep sleep.

The half coil represents the fourth state of the mind, Turiya, which is the transcendence of the other states, or the enlightened state.

Source: Light on Pranayama: The Yogic Art of Breathing, B. K. S. Iyengar.

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