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Kundalini Yoga

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Join us for powerful kundalini yoga for healing perfectionism. Kundalini means energy, and Kundalini yoga is a powerful and useful practice. It works quickly to reduce stress, improve mental clarity, tap into your intuition and elevate moods. Kundalini yoga uses postures, breath work, mantra and meditation to activate your body-mind system. Kundalini yoga is active, participatory and experiential. Kundalini Yoga and meditation strengthens the nervous system, stimulates the glandular system, affects hormonal balance, brain function, digestion, muscular strength. Experience relaxation, stimulation and breakthrough moments with this practice — not to mention, it’s fun! 

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KUNDALINI YOGA · YOGIC LIFESTYLE · ESOTERIC TEACHINGS

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Mantra

Reciting mantras affects the mind, and the minds state and projection, by effecting the brain and the glands in the head, and the meridian points in the mouth. It is a total science in and of itself. The mantras are said to be able to carry you to your desired destination, and there are mantras for many different purposes and to invoke desired outcomes in Kundalini Yoga.

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Kriya & Breathwork

Kriya means “action”. In Kundalini Yoga the yoga sets are kriyas, complete action. This means that in order to get the desired effect, one cannot change the sets, they have to be done exactly as described (with the only variation being shortening the time, and modifying postures is someone is pregnant, has an injury, or if inflexibility prohibits the person from doing the prescribed posture). Some postures are considered kriyas on their own and these can be practiced separately, and be put together as well to make a personal set or practice, fx cat/cow, life nerve stretch, frog pose, camel pose etc. For this reason you will often see a Kundalini Yoga teacher with a manual or a write up (on their computer fx) in front of them. This is not because the teacher doesn’t know the set, but because of the importance of accuracy, and teaching from memory is generally discouraged in Kundalini Yoga.

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Meditation is a state of one pointed focus. In Kundalini Yoga meditation is not only done in silence, or by sitting still—there are many moving meditations, meditations where one chants or recite a mantra + walking meditations. When you lock the optical nerve though, you are stilling the mind, and therefor Kundalini Yoga meditations, even when moving, are still considered to be a state of one pointed focus. The meditations helps to invoke the neutral mind, from where better decision making can heppens, plus they help to clear the subconscious mind.

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What is Kundalini Yoga?

  • Kundalini Yoga is a somatic and holistic practice that works on the body, mind and soul. Somatic refers to methods or therapies that incorporate the use of the body to address and heal issues in the body and mind, as a totality focus on the whole person—body, mind and spirit. Holistic means addressing the whole person, including a person's physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and financial well-being. In this way Kundalini Yoga is a practice that can be used to improve conditions in all areas of a person’s life.

  • Kundalini Yoga is often referred to as a yogic science or a system, and is also a spiritual practice, with a lineage. A recognized science it may not be, but its practices are rooted in ancient to new traditions, texts, and was (and still is) passed on via a lineage from master to students. It is considered a tantric practice and part of a tantric lineage.

  • Kundalini Yoga acknowledges a Ten Bodies system and the chakra system, and has many similar roots to yoga as we know and practice it in the western world. Where it differs is that it was transferred to the public, without being significantly altered or modified to fit western mentality.

  • Many yogis traveled from India to the US is the 1900s, and in order to reach practitioners and students, they centered the practice around what they deemed relevant, and in some cases modified the practices to better fit with a western mind—or so we’ve been told. Kundalini Yoga was directly transmitted from Yogi Bhajan (the yogic master who brought the practice to the western world) to his students, in, according to him, a pure and unaltered form. This makes the practice significantly different from what we know as “classic yoga” (for example Hatha or Vinyasa which are the types that most people are familiar with). It also makes it enormously effective and transformative (this we know from thousands of anecdotes and personal experiences from people who has applied it to their lives).

  • Kundalini Yoga uses many different disciplines, from physical postures, to mental focus and chanting of mantras, and there are literally thousands of Kriyas (yoga sets and yogic practices) and meditations within this system.

  • Yogi Bhajan also taught about holistic health and yogic lifestyle, and Kundalini Yoga therefore incorporates teachings and practices for all areas of life, from religion to how to dress, how to eat, conception, child raising, pregnancy, sex, communication and business. Yogi Bhajan called these groups of yogic teachings Humanology.

  • In this way Kundalini Yoga is a total system—a spiritual practice—that can be applied to all areas of a persons life. Or it can simply be an enjoyable practice that works on specific areas like mind clarity, focus and improvement of over-all health and to get the body in shape.

  • How does it work?
    Through the use of the body and mind and via postures—sometimes still, sometimes moving and sometimes free moving, like dance, sometimes via a mental focus, sometimes silence—changes start to happen in the body, mind and the energetic field of the person. Some people report to feel in greater contact with “something higher”—their soul, the Universal consciousness (God force), the people around them etc. Different people would describe the practice and its benefits in many different ways. It often depends on the focus, and what changes a person is looking to create in their life, mind, body or circumstances. Kundalini Yoga strengthens the muscular system, the nervous system, and improves bodily functions like digestion and metabolism, and regulates levels of cortisol which can reduce stress. It also helps to regulate and govern the hormonal and glandular system. The glands are responsible for secreting hormones which are the messengers of the body, and therefore when the glands are healthy and regulated, the effect can be an improvement of all over bodily health. This makes a person feel better, and from there can give a surplus of energy, and a feeling of clarity which can create positive changes in all areas of a person’s life. On a more esoteric level, Kundalini Yoga is said to work on the energetic bodies . The mantras used are activating different facets of existence that can help a person to move into a space of better alignment, with positive and high frequency energy, and give someone the results they are trying to achieve. Kundalini Yoga is a transportation vehicle, that can move you out of the place where you are stuck, and into the place where you want to be—whether you are stuck in a space of limitations through illness (physical and psychological), financial difficulties, low self-worth, boredom, overwhelm, anxiety, fear, lack of creativity, lack of passion, lack of connection with Self and spirit, etc. The best thing (or maybe just interesting fact) about Kundalini Yoga is that, we don’t really have to now or understand exactly how or why it works, in order to get the effects. It is not a cognitive practice in the sense that in order to get results you need to study or understand the methodology. Through thousands of testaments, anecdotal stories—and some research, see above—we know that people, without a fail, gets positive results from the practice when they properly apply it and give it a fair chance. In this regard Kundalini Yoga has quite a bright future ahead of it self, as research and scientific discoveries generally support the claims that Kundalini Yoga makes. An example is that Yogi Bhajan gave a guideline of practicing any Kundalini meditation for a minimum of 40 days to get integrated results, and now science has discovered that it takes 40 days for the grey matter of the brain to permanently change. Kundalini Yoga is said to be the fastest working form of yoga (and maybe therapy) that we know of, and is said to give the same results in only 90 days that 20 years of hatha yoga practice would yield. It is called a yoga for our modern times (The Age of Aquarius), and is meant to be practiced not by “cave yogis”, but “real people” (householders) with families, businesses and life engagements, and be on par with any monastic, spiritual or religious system.
  • Where does Kundalini Yoga come from?
    Yogi Bhajan is the yogic master who brought Kundalini Yoga to the western world, when traveling in 1968 from India to Canada, and from there to Los Angeles, California, where he settled and lived until his death in 2004. He founded 3HO and KRI who are the governing bodies of Kundalini Yoga today (though his entire archive, including White Tantric Yoga, is bestowed to his archivist, Tej Kaur Khalsa of 9 Treasures Yoga in Los Angeles). Yogi Bhajan was born into a rich Punjabi family, in the region of India which is now Pakistan. At the age of 6 he began his formal studies with the master Sant Hazara Singh, and at the age of 16 he was appointed by his teacher to be the Master of Kundalini Yoga. He never saw his teacher again after that meeting. He went on to work for the Indian government, namely in customs, simultaneously carrying out his continued study and research of yoga, by visiting yogis and remote teachers. In 1968 at the age of 39 he traveled to North America and settled in Los Angeles. Here he began teaching at the East West Cultural Center, and from there grew his … to include a center, an ashram, several institutes and a gurdwara. He published several books, and recorded around eight thousand lectures, about one third of which are available via The Library of Teachings. Yogi Bhajan was a Sikh by birth and culture, and he was appointed the Siri Singh Sahib, the head of Sikhism in the West. Kundalini Yoga therefore also includes many parallels to Sikh religion and culture, but it is not considered to be a part of the Sikh religion in any way. Many of Yogi Bhajan’s students went on to convert to sikhism, and lead a Sikh religious based lifestyle, which also draw many parallels and similarities to Kundalini Yoga and the lifestyle found within it. Many of the mantras used in Kundalini Yoga are from the Siri Guru Granth, which is the holy scripture or book of the Sikhs. Yogi Bhajan was clear though that the mantras did not belong to the Sikhs but to anyone who used them. We will not go into a deeper discussion of what a religion is and isn’t or how Sikhism came to be, but by studying this subject and its central people (The Sikh Gurus) one will understand how the teachings given by the Gurus was an offering to all people, and the Gurus fought for religious freedom for all. The Gurdwaras can be attended by anyone, not just Sikhs, and anyone can receive prasad, and engage with services and chanting and playing of the mantras, shabads and songs. In 1970 the title of Mahan Tantric was bestowed on Yogi Bhajan, and he began facilitating White Tantric Yoga, a type of tantric practice that is none sexual, and which can only be done in certain settings and under supervision of a White Tantric facilitator. The practice is still carried out, even after Yogi Bhajan’s passing. While Yogi Bhajan was the person who brought these teaching to the west, and actually out of hiding, as they are said to have not been taught publicly before, the teachings did not come from him, but was passed down through a linage. Yogi Bhajan himself named Guru Ram Das (the fourth Sikh Guru) as his root teacher. Where exactly each practice originates, we don’t know for sure. Sometimes descriptions are given, or a name of a meditation or kriya will suggest, but the majority of practices were just given as an experience to his students, reminding us that Kundalini Yoga is an experience based practice and not a philosophy, and that essentially it does not matter or change the effect of a practice. The kriyas and meditations were gathered by Yogi Bhajan through his studies with Sant Hazara Singh, and through his research work, and further more described by some of his students as “being pulled from the akashic records” by Yogi Bhajan. In 2020 Yogi Bhajan came under scrutiny as accusations of sexual abuse began to roll in. A research group carried out an investigation, and found multiple accusations of sexual and emotional abuse from previous female students. The conclusion of “found guilty” was based on interviews and anecdotes, with no trials or further investigation into claims, and has been deemed by some Yogi Bhajan students as untrue and with lacking evidence. Other students, and KRI itself (who were the ones ordering the investigation) has concluded its accuracy, and has taken actions towards separating Yogi Bhajan from the future of Kundalini Yoga, by removing him from their website and from manuals and training books.
  • What is Yogic Science?
    Kundalini Yoga is not a medical or curative system, and although we refer to it as a yogic science, it is not a recognized science by the western scientific world. Studies have been done on Kundalini Yoga and its benefits are positive. A study was done at UCLA with the meditation Kirtan Kriya, and showed significant improvement in memory functions and cognitive executive functions. Two other studies on stress were done, and found that Kundalini Yoga had an immediate effect on salivary cortisol, and significantly decreased the perception of stress in the study group. The other study related to occupational stress showed significant changes in stress after a 24 weeks Kundalini Yoga program. Another qualitative study of women with eating disorders showed an improvement in body image, a greater appreciation of self, an opening up to the experience of new emotions and sensations, aid of development of psychological capabilities, and positive changes in the recovery process, after incorporating practices of Kundalini Yoga in the recovery process (view more Kundalini Yoga studies here, or contact Nam Satya for references). New research on Kundalini Yoga is currently being carried out through the Chopra Foundation with Sadhana Works (Palma de Mallorca) at San Diego University and London Collage University.
  • How is Kundalini Yoga taught?
    Kundalini Yoga is classically taught through classes, where a teacher instructs students through typically the sequence of tune in, warm up exercises, pranayam, a kriya, relaxation (sometimes gong is played) and meditation. Kundalini Yoga is not just for class settings though. Many people practice it alone at home, as a daily practice called a sadhana. Sadhana is typically done in the early morning hours before the sun rises (at some point between 3 and 7am), as this earlier practice is said to have many benefits. Almost no spiritual or religious system is without this instruction of rising before the sun, so there is great reason for validity, and the effect is said to be 40x more powerful, when done at this hour. Kundalini Yoga can be practiced at any time of the day though, and you will receive an effect. The individual meditations and practices can also be taught, without following the sequence of a classic class structure, and is used by teachers, coaches, therapists etc. in programs and 1:1 sessions.
  • What is Sadhana?
    Sadhana means practice, and in Kundalini Yoga refers to the daily early morning practice done in the ‘Amrit Vela’, the two hours before the sun rises (some time between 3-7am). Having a daily practice, meant that you are repeating the same meditation or kundalini yoga kriya for at least 40 days to see the effect. Repeating a meditation daily for 40 days has scientifically been proven to permanently change the grey matter of the brain. Yogi Bhajan put it this way: practicing for 40 days means you break the habit, 90 days you install the new habit, 120 days you become the habit, and 1000 days you master the habit (habit=meditation or kriya).
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