What is Kundalini Yoga?
Yoga is union. Yoga unites body mind and spirit. It is a body of techniques that lead us to consciously connect with ourselves and with life, the experience of yoga. There is no dogma or belief system attached to it. Yoga simply tells us to do a certain practice and then to feel the effect of that practice, e.g. if we breath slowly in a relaxed manner we will slow our heart rate; if we focus the mind we will develop mental peace and deep insight.
"Kundalini Yoga is the science to unite the finite with Infinity, and it's the art to experience Infinity in the finite." -Yogi Bhajan, 10/27/88
Kundalini Yoga is a yoga for householders, for people who have to cope with the daily challenges and stresses of holding jobs, raising families, and managing businesses. It is a path for everyone who wants the skills to cope successfully with the challenges of our times. Kundalini Yoga was kept very secret until 1969 when Yogi Bhajan taught it openly in order to prepare humanity for the major changes that this planet is going through as we cross from the Piscean to the Aquarian Age. The ancient technology of Kundalini Yoga gives us the awareness and the fortitude to make this a smooth transition. The legacy of technical and spiritual knowledge that Yogi Bhajan studied and mastered in India is the gift he brought to the West. (from www.3ho.org)
Kundalini Yoga is also called the Yoga of Awareness. It is a practice that includes breath, mudra, eye-focus, mantra, body locks, and postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, and purify the blood. It brings balance to the body, mind, and soul.
In a Kundalini Yoga Class we follow the breath from the start to the end. We explore the relationship to the breath, it's power and it's healing capabilities. The breath is prana or energy. The practice is designed to move energy in the body or awaken kundalini.
A mindful practice: connecting to the breath also requires a lot of attention and trains the mind to stay in the present moment.
The benefits of Kundalini Yoga include:
-a flexible spine
-increased lung capacity
-reduction of stress
-increased mental focus
-balanced energy body
-stronger immune and nervous system function
-normalizes endocrine (glandula) function