The process of kundalini awakening
Two important energy channels flow left and right along our spine: They are called ida nadi and pingala nadi in the yoga tradition. These energy channels connect us to the opposites (duality) of creation. Where ida-nadi stands for the feminine, dark, cold, passivity, the moon, and the feeling, pingala-nadi stands for the masculine, light, heat, activity, the sun, and the ratio.
As the kundalini awakens and ascends from the pelvis through the sushumna nadi – the energy channel that runs through the spine – to the crown chakra, all other chakras along the spine are purified and activated.
Arriving at the sixth chakra, ida and pingala nadi merge, opening the so-called “third eye” on the forehead of the spiritual aspirant. The inner duality gives way to the oneness of the divine. This fusion is also called the sacred marriage because it leads to union with God.
At the same time, the kundalini activates the pineal gland, located in the middle of our head, which in turn stimulates the hypothalamus and pituitary gland to produce hormones. The substances that are released in the brain provide an experience of ecstasy, timelessness and unity. Yoga tradition calls this influx of hormones and opiate-like substances amrita, the drink of immortality.