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Background information of Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini Yoga as brought to the west by Yogi Bhajan, combines breathing, movement, relaxation and meditation. It is the science of sequence, rhythm and sound, to work on every aspect of your body, mind and soul. No previous experience in yoga or related disciplines is required. So you can begin to achieve undeniable benefits almost immediately. Kundalini Yoga provides a plan that is perfect for the new millennium. And when practiced over a longer period of time Kundalini Yoga provides the physiological and psychological prerequisites for total health. These include a balanced glandular system, a strong nervous system, expanded lung capacity and the clearing of emotional blocks.
What is Kundalini Yoga?
Kundalini Yoga is a holistic philosophy that brings practical benefits of rejuvenation and healing. It is a comprehensive system of exercises, breathing, meditation, chanting and a healthy mental projection. So this way we develop a conscious and dynamic relationship between our personal energy and the universal flow of Prana. The overall result is the balancing of our chakras and the alignment of our ten spiritual Bodies. This awakens us to who we really are. Namely spiritual beings having a human experience.
How does Kundalini Yoga work?
The word Kundalini means spiral of hair and later came to be known as the coiled serpent of potential energy and consciousness. It is thought to lay at the base of the spine waiting to be awakened by various practices; moving and sounding like a serpent as it arises. In fact, before it can be awakened it needs to be gathered. And when gathered into sufficient intensity it will naturally open out again, and give the sensation of awakening or rebirth. One of the earliest methods used was to wind the hair into a knot at the top of the head. And this knot then acts as an amplifier and transformer between the finite/personal life and the infinite/impersonal.
Unity through Kundalini Yoga
Yoga means union. In addition to the temporary union between the mind, body and soul while in this worldly existence, there is another possibility of union. Namely the eternal union between the differentiated small self as it expands towards the undifferentiated, and the large self as it individualizes or diversifies itself. Note: to even contemplate union is already to admit separation. Yoga is a way of healing the separation through various stages, because the structure and processes of the body/mind are our most potent tools for accomplishing this union. However they are also our most likely hindrances. The stages of the Kundalini journey have been visualized as seven chakras (energy wheels or gates) through which the conscious must pass. While individual consciousness rises up, the universal consciousness descends.
Consciousness with Kundalini Yoga
Most of our states of consciousness could be thought of as postures – some static and some dynamic – each of which affect our breathing and mind patterns. By changing our body posture, breathing rhythm and thought vibration we can change our state. But awakening the Kundalini is no big deal. Because for life to exist within us, Kundalini must already be active. Though it might be relatively unconscious. Moments of deeper awakening however do happen in life. But we don’t always know what contributed to this awakening or how to sustain it. Luckily Kundalini Yoga is developed as a systematic method to expand consciousness and maintain this new awareness.
Kundalini Yoga is safe
This form of yoga is related to primal consciousness and is only dangerous if ignored, when it becomes a misguided intent. Like truth, weeds, sexuality, bacteria and others: all cause trouble if ignored. The chanting of mantra is an important ways to stimulate and raise the energy from the dreamy subconscious realms. Because mantra can harmoniously regulate, channel and appropriately transform this energy. Kundalini energy refers to an impulse and an energy that has both personal and collective dimensions. It is enduring and offers us guidance from within. It is our inner guru. Ritual is one of the ways that awakens Kundalini. With its sacred quality, ritual offers a respect to an energy that is thought to be very powerful and somewhat unknown.
Background information Yogi Bhajan
When talking about background information of Kundalini Yoga you can not leave out Yogi Bhajan. Master of Kundalini Yoga Yogi Bhajan arrived in the United States in 1969 with a stated purpose: “I have come to create Teachers, not to gather disciples”. He traveled internationally to teach Kundalini Yoga, the Yoga of Awareness. In 1969 Yogi Bhajan founded 3HO – the Happy Healthy Holy Organization – based on his first principle “Happiness is your birthright.” And through The Aquarian Teacher Program, Yogi Bhajan has trained thousands of KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Teachers.
Yogi Bhajan taught all manner of audiences for 35 years on subjects ranging from psychology to cookery, from ayurveda to meditation, from humanology to sound current. And his teachings continue to fascinate and inspire the lives of an ever increasing number of seekers of truth of all backgrounds. In 1994 he founded the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association (IKYTA) to further spread his teachings as well as the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) to preserve his teachings which he knew were ahead of his time.
Yogi Bhajan passed away in October 2004, but his teachings continue to be one of the guiding lights of the Aquarian Age. To find out more about Yogi Bhajan visit www.3ho.org