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see yogayoga
[Skt.,=union], general term for spiritual disciplines in Hinduism, Buddhism, and throughout S Asia that are directed toward attaining higher consciousness and liberation from ignorance, suffering, and rebirth.
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(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

In many occult systems the kundalini is thought to be the energy that lies dormant within all human beings. Awakening, it is referred to as "waking the fiery serpent," since it is believed to lie like a snake, stretching from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. It must be wakened correctly or it can be extremely dangerous. Normally the serpent lies asleep, coiled at the base of what is known as the Rod of Brahma, the spine. It is by certain yogic practices that it can be awakened. As the energy moves up the body, along the Rod, it passes through each of the seven chakra points, awakening the power within each of them.

Many Witches, in their practices, will do the equivalent of waking the fiery serpent by sending energy coursing up their body through the chakra points. This is often done as a preliminary to working magic. It is said that psychic powers are enhanced by this practice.

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