Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®
Recognizing the pressing need for techniques helping human beings to overcome the stress caused by our way of living in the present century, Yogi Bhajan came to the West in 1969 with a stated purpose: to create teachers, not to gather disciples. He travelled for 30 years around the globe to fulfill his purpose. “Happiness is your birthright” was the founding principle of the 3HO organization, that Yogi Bhajan created in his early American days. And “3H” stands for the three words: “Healthy, Happy, and Holy”.
Yogi Bhajan touched the hearts and opened the minds of people in all walks of life. Equally at home in a boardroom or teaching in a park sitting on the grass, he was mentor to statesmen, politicians, and CEOs and confidante of religious leaders, media personalities, and simple seekers.
Yogi Bhajan’s motto was “It’s not the life that matters, it’s the courage that you bring to it.”
His bottom line, printed on the back of his calling card: “If you can’t see God in all, you can’t see God at all.”
Yogi Bhajan was born Harbhajan Singh Puri in India on August 26, 1929. During early childhood he learned at the knee of his saintly grandfather. During his life, he met many masters who influenced and impacted his teachings: Baba Virsa Singh, Swami Dhirendra Brahmachari and Swami Dev Murti.
Yogi Bhajan recognised Guru Ram Das (fourth Guru of the Sikh Tradition) as his teacher and the Siri Guru Granth Sahib (Shabd Guru) as his master. He connected to the Golden Chain, lineage of Raaj Yoga. In ancient time, the Sikh Dharma was not differentiate as today from the Sanatana Dharma, such duality did not exist. Please, read more on the Library of Teachings.
“Kundalini Yoga is a science which works with the seven chakras, and the arcline and the aura (the Eight Chakra). It works directly on the total energy, and that flow of energy has one simple way: either you sway it or it sways you. Either you are above the energy and ride it, or you go below the energy and it rides you. That is where Kundalini Yoga fits in : you will learn to ride your energy, to experience it and penetrate any given situation to attain a balance” – Yogi Bhajan
What is Kundalini Yoga?
Kundalini is considered to be the most comprehensive of yogas, combining meditation, chanting, prayer, dynamic postures and breathing exercises (pranayama).
“Kundalini” literally means “the curl of the lock of hair of the beloved”. This poetic metaphor alludes to the flow of energy and consciousness that exists within each and every one of us, and enables us to merge with – or “yoke” – the Universal Self. Fusing individual and universal consciousness creates a divine union, called “yoga.”
Every individual is a manifestation of that energy, and the univers around us is the outcome of the same consciousness, ever revealing itself in various mode. The Upanishads, Hindu’s sacred scriptures that date back to the fifth century B.C., describe Kundalini, although the oral tradition reaches back even further into history. For thousands of years, this sacred practice was veiled in secrecy, passed along verbally from master to chosen disciple.
“It is your creative potential. You experience it when the energy of the glandular system combines with the energy of the nervous system to create such a sensitivity that the totality of the brain receives signals and integrates them. Then you become totally and wholly aware, and your creative potential becomes available to you” – Yogi Bhajan
Benefits of Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini Yoga provides you varied techniques (dynamic postures, breathing exercises, mantras, music, and meditations), that you can choose according to your priority goals and your aspirations. It is accessible to all, whatever your age or fitness level. It does not require any adhesion with a philosophical or religious system.
The practice of Kundalini Yoga balances the glandular systemand strengthens the nervous system. It enables us to harness the energy of the mind and the emotions, so we can be in control of ourselves, rather than being controlled by our thoughts and feelings.
Among the goals of Kundalini Yoga:
• To activate the vital circulation of energy which is regenerated for a better physical and mental balance.
• To activate creative energies on the physical level by reinforcing the immune system and by stimulating the self healing systems.
On the psychological level, it provides techniques to drive out the stress, to be centered and be emotionally pacified. These goals are achieved by a specific work on the physiological and psychological aspects which acts on the chemistry of blood, the nervous system, the endocrine system and the cerebral functions.
With a more advanced level, it makes it possible for each one to develop its own spirituality, to open its consciousness and to develop its inner wisdom.
Kundalini Yoga can help you:
• To peacefully cross the stresses of the life.
• To maintain all the functional systems of the body in good health (disease prevention).
• To reload in vital energy and to better manage this energy.
• To improve quality of your sleep.
• To be more centred, to better listen to yourself and others.
• To better channel and control your emotions.
• To step back on your physical and psychological difficulties, to better manage them and thus improve your behaviours in the family and professional life.
• To become more conscious of what occurs in you and around you and thus to learn how to transform it in a positive direction.
• To develop your optimism and your happiness in life.
• To develop your capacity to give love and your aptitude to receive it.
Kundalini Yoga is much more than just a system of physical exercises. It is a dynamic, powerful tool for expanding awareness. Approach it with respect, with reverence, and with openness.