Kundalini Yoga is much more than a good workout. It is a Yoga in which you can conquer the mind, expand your consciousness, and improve your health, flexibility and creativity. It is a perfect practice of self maintenance.
Kundalini Yoga is a unique combination of asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing), mantra (sound) and meditation, threaded together into a specific sequence which targets an aspect of self to develop. Each class is dynamic, with a particular focus to breathe as you move, while you connect with awareness and acceptance.
This practice is safe, reliable and accurate, a yoga for people who have to cope with the daily challenges and stresses that life throws at us. It is essential in these times to know our real self, have a strong nervous system and a balanced glandular system.
Kundalini Yoga is taken from the Sikh Indian tradition. Until 1969, Yogis preserved and carefully guarded the teachings of Kundalini Yoga, which had been selectively passed down verbally from Master to chosen disciple for thousands of years. Yogi Bhajan introduced this practice to the west, challenging the age-old tradition of secrecy. His intention was to create teachers so they could pass on the science of Kundalini Yoga to combat the fast growing 21st century dis-eases.
The word Kundalini literally means “the curl of the lock of hair of the beloved”. It is a metaphor, a poetic way to describe the flow of energy and consciousness which already exists within each of us. It is our dormant potential, the power of our soul. We are all born with the innate capacity to both master and accept our circumstances. Kundalini Yoga is a direct experience of our body and mind and is aimed at uplifting our spirit, merging the finite with the infinite, uniting our individual consciousness with universal consciousness.
Kundalini Yoga is a practice by which we can safely prepare to activate Kundalini energy, raise our consciousness and transform our awareness and vigor into constructive energy. With the combination of asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing), mantra (sound) and meditation and with binding these together with our Will we can unleash our inner confidence, embrace life and accomplish our goals whilst staying in touch with our spirit.
Kundalini Yoga encourages an attitude of the east - experience and apply the techniques to gain an understanding rather than, as we are inclined to do, yearn for knowledge and understand the practice with our intellect.
To practice Kundalini Yoga you balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, relieve stress and anxiety and experience shifts in attitude, the ability to cope and general health and wellbeing.
“Tomorrow will take care of itself, and yesterday has already gone. The time is now! There is no initiation, no one to carry you across; you must stand on your own two lotus feet” - Yogi Bhajan
Written by Billie Atherstone