Kundalini Yoga is a comprehensive tradition known as the “Yoga of Awareness,” a powerful yogic practice with the intent of awakening you to your soul's fullest potential.
Kundalini Yoga teaches the entire umbrella of yogic discipline, from practice to lifestyle. In any given class, you can expect to utilize any combination of asana, mantra, meditation, eye-focus, pranayama, mudra, and body locks, with the goal of cultivating awareness, elevating the spirit and bringing all aspects of self into harmonious rhythm.
“The process of growth through Kundalini Yoga is a natural unfolding of your own nature. The blocks to that growth are your attachments to the familiarity of the past, and your fear of the expanded Self. As you practice Kundalini Yoga you will grow. Like a snake you will need to shed old skins to be more of who you are.” -Yogi Bhajan
Previously taught in secret, passed down from teacher to student, Kundalini Yoga was first taught openly in the West by a man named Harbhajan Singh, who later became known as the beloved Yogi Bhajan. He came to Los Angeles in 1969 to witness the youth caught up in a drug culture in effort to expand consciousness. That's when he knew it was time to teach this powerful yoga openly. Yogi Bhajan knew that the Age of Aquarius (or the Technological Age) was upon us, which would create more stress, distraction and risk greater collective disconnection from spirit; he knew that teaching this yoga openly would help the collective humanity. And so it began. Yogi always said, "I am not here to collect students. I am here to create teachers." He told the youth that he could teach them to "get high" with their own bodies and that he could offer them a healing, restorative way to authentically align their spirit with infinity.
Kundalini Yoga works on all the systems of the body: circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, nervous, musculo-skeletal, eliminative and reproductive systems. Particularly unique with Kundalini yoga is the attention to both the nervous system and the endocrine system. Our minds and bodies are under more stress than ever in our human history. The practice of Kundalini Yoga helps tone our nervous system to keep up! With the technological influx upon us, we are able to juggle more into our everyday experience. When we hold poses for extended periods, we train our mind and body to maintain focus on the present moment, thereby preventing collapse by worrying about when it will end! If you can train yourself to keep up during yoga, yu will be able to keep up outside of class when the pressure is on.
When we focus in meditation, we are activating our pituitary and pineal glands (our master glands), and the hypothalamus (the main intermediary between the nervous system and the endocrine system). These three small parts of the brain help regulate some of the most major functions of the body, including but not limited to the regulation of heat in the body, sleep, menstrual cycle, metabolism, emotions, serotonin, oxytocin, and blood pressure. The pineal gland is also known as our "star gate," which produces DMT, the chemical which releases when we dream. This is our "third eye," where we focus much of our attention during Kundalini meditation. With diligence, it's possible that we might rebalance any imbalances in our brain, while also developing a centered sense of well-being and an inherent connectedness to infinity.
Another way in which we can balance our brain in through the practice of Mantra. When we chant, repeatedly stringing a sequence of words or vibrations together, the tongue creates a rhythmic pattern on the roof of the mouth; the roof of the mouth is home to 84 meridian points, which when stimulated, behave like keys on a keyboard, sending healing vibrations through the hypothalamus and into the center of the brain. Essentially, through meditation and mantra, you can reprogram yourself! The entire universe was created with vibrations of sound and light. We as humans we given the gift of creation through our voice. Our words create our reality. Every word you speak penetrates your aura and out into the world. When we chant, we at least are spending a portion of our day using this gift with powerful intent.
"The kundalini experience does not mean you have gone into a deep breathless trance and are beyond this world. … It integrates you more fully with reality and gives you a broader vision and sensitivity so that you can act more efficiently."
In addition to the many systems of the physical body, Kundalini Yoga also assists the healthy cultivation of the energy bodies and the chakra systems. The 8th chakra is the aura.
More to come...
Addendum: The Kundalini Energy, the Serpent Power, Mantras and more
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“Prayer is when the mind is one-pointed and man talks to Infinity. Meditation is when the mind becomes totally clean and receptive, and Infinity talks to the man. ”
“What is God? In reality it is your own positive self, your higher Self, your universal Self, the Self which knows no defeat, the Self which can rise again and again and again like a wave in the ocean.”
"Keep up and you will be kept up."
"What is Kundalini?The energy of the glandular system combines with the nervous system to become more sensitive so that the totality of the brain perceives signals and interprets them." -YB
"Word was with God, word will be with you. Cause will lead to effect. Sequence will lead to consequence."
“When you walk toward light, you have to forget the darkness. In darkness you can't see what you're doing, and ego is just like darkness. It is a total cloud in which you are very limited, and you won't make it anywhere. When you are brilliant, you are flexible, smiling and everything is just all right. ” -YB