Kundalini Yoga

What is Kundalini Yoga?
Commonly in the west yoga is presented as a set of aerobic exercises that will build your strength, make you more flexible and can add to your overall health.
But kundalini yoga is a relationship between you and your self. Kundalini yoga is a technology of awareness that brings together the finite and the infinite. The word “yoga” (“jugit” in sanskrit) actually
means to join and by practicing kundalini yoga you are joining the mind, body and spirit, and becoming more conscious.
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In becoming more conscious your enjoyment of all the facets of life increases, as you free yourself from unconscious automatic behaviours and responses to the events in your life and find more creative, satisfying ways of living and communicating.
How Long has Kundalini Yoga Been Around? Kundalini yoga has been practiced for about 4000 years, and is the basis on which many other types of yoga were formed. It is known as the ‘mother’ of all yogas, because it embraces all practices, i.e. exercises (asana) breathing (pranayama) hand gestures (mudra) body locks, (bandhas, which move and direct energy), bhakti yoga (the yoga of devotion) and raj yoga (the royal path).

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What is kundalini?
The uncoiling of the kundalini mirrors the uncoiling of your potential as a human. When you practice kundalini yoga this uncoiling happens naturally, and is reflected in your life situation. Very often people report that things that they found difficult no longer plague them. They find inner resources they did not know they had. These are all signs of kundalini unfolding. And the practice of kundalini yoga is the safest, most efficient method of awakening and working with this energy. “Kundalini” means lock of hair of the beloved, meaning that the beloved is your own self, and in moving the energy of the kundalini you are awakening to your own self.
yogi-bhajan1In 1969 Yogi Bhajan (pictured left) brought the science of kundalini yoga to a broader population. Although kundalini yoga had not previously been taught to the public, Yogi Bhajan felt that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy its benefits.
What if I am not flexible?
Just like with any other exercise, only stretch as far as you feel comfortable. It is important to note that we are looking or an experience with kundalini yoga. Do not make it a competition against others or against your self. Being flexible is a result of
kundalini yoga, not the goal.
What should I expect in a kundalini yoga class?
Kundalini yoga can been enjoyed by everyone, no matter his or her age or physical ability. A kundalini yoga class will usually consist of a warm-up to stretch the spine and improve mobility, a sequence of poses (a kriya) that focuses on a specific area of the body, and a meditation, including the use of chanted mantras, pranayama and mudras.

Why chant mantras?
Every element in the universe is in a constant state of vibration, we as humans can only perceive a very small fraction of this. But it is very easy to see the effects of the perceivable vibrations by merely singing. Simply sing a happy song then sing a sad song and you will notice the effects of these vibrations on your mind.


Mantras work on a similar basis, but are much more powerful. Chanting mantras, either silently or out loud, is a conscious method of controlling and directing your mind. Happiness, sorrow, joy and regret act as vibratory frequencies in your mind. You can call them beliefs, attitudes, or anything else, but fundamentally they are vibratory frequencies and they determine the kind of programme your mind plays. By chanting mantras we can alter our vibrations to define how we want to feel and what we want to project to others.