WHAT IS KUNDALINI YOGA?

 

Kundalini Yoga is called the Yoga of Awareness. It is a dynamic, powerful tool that is designed to give you an experience of your soul.

 

In Kundalini Yoga we harness the mental, physical, and nervous energies of the body and put them under the domain of the will, which is the instrument of the soul. This technology precisely and consciously combines breath, mudra, eye-focus, mantra, body locks, and postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, and purifiy the blood. It brings balance to the body, mind, and soul.

 

Kundalini Yoga is not a religion. When we apply the technology of Kundalini Yoga to our bodies and minds, it has the effect of uplifting the spirit. It is for everyone. It is universal and nondenominational.

 

Kundalini Yoga is a yoga for householders, for people who have to cope with the daily challenges and stresses of holding jobs, raising families, and managing businesses. It is a path for everyone who wants the skills to cope successfully with the challenges of our times.

 

The Kundalini Yoga Practice as taught by Yogi Bhajan emphasizes the benefits of:

 

  • Physical asana postures that stretch, strengthen and align the skeletal, muscular, and cardiovascular systems while developing physical stamina, balance and vitality.

 

  • Breathwork in the form of pranayama which soothes the body’s nervous system and opens the flow of prana through the body’s more subtle energy channels.

 

  • Developing focused concentration of the mind and both internal and expanded awareness through closed eye practice, drishti practice and silent repetition of simple phrases such as “Sat Naam” which means “I am Truth” or "Truth is my Identity". 

 

  • Using our voice to chant mantra (ancient sounds) in a rhythmic breath pattern in order to tune, integrate and soothe the fluctuations of the mind, quiet the body and touch our spirit.

 

  • Experiencing deep relaxation by visualizing the flow of energy through the body and then completely letting go during a prolonged relaxation at the end of class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yogi Bhajan brought Kundalini Yoga to the West in 1968. He taught over 8,000 classes and inspired thousands of people to keep up and live in their excellence.

 

He is still alive in his teachings and his guidance is available to anyone who tunes into his subtle presence. He has left a legacy of hope, inspiration, and technology for future generations and the upliftment of humanity.

 

"Remember, the principle theme of Kundalini Yoga is simple-

Uncoil your reserve and become excellent.

The excellence you produce is yours,

It's not going to come from outside. 

It simply unfolds.

In the begining is you. 

In the middle is you. 

In the end is you."

~ The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan 10/10/97

© 2014  by Viriam Kaur.  Photography by Kristen Chalmers