About Kundalini Yoga

Yogi Bhajan, a Master of Kundalini Yoga by the age of 16 – itself a rare feat –gave his first lecture, in the West, at a Los Angeles high school gym on January 5, 1969. Then a 39-year-old recent émigré from India, he left behind a government career in order to realize the vision of bringing Kundalini Yoga to the West. No matter that not a single person was present that evening; he came to teach and he proceeded to speak to the empty hall.

In the turbulent, drug culture of the 60s in the USA, Yogi Bhajan first reached out to the youth. He recognized their experimentation with drugs and “altered states of consciousness” expressed a deeper desire to experience a holistic, liberating sense of awareness and a longing for family, for connection with themselves and one another. Soon realizing that pharmaceuticals provided, at best, a cheap imitation to the peaceful, inner euphoria they could get naturally from Kundalini Yoga, and at worst, had debilitating physical and mental side effects, young people began flocking to his classes, arriving by the busloads. He created a family, known as 3HO (Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization) and soon 3HO teaching centers began springing up across the United States and throughout the world.

He sparked a movement whose many tendrils have wound their way into world culture. Yogi Bhajan blazed a trail, which today, after more than 40 years of determined effort on the part of 3HO and the Kundalini Research Institute, yoga and meditation have gained widespread acceptance in the West. This popular attention speaks not only to the proven benefits of yoga and meditation, but to the increasing public interest in spirituality and a healthy lifestyle.

Born Harbhajan Singh in what is now Pakistan to a family of healers and community leaders, Yogi Bhajan studied comparative religion and Vedic philosophy in his undergraduate years, going onto receive his Masters in Economics with honors from Punjab University. Years later, he earned his Ph.D. in communications psychology from the University of Humanistic Studies in San Francisco.

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.” –Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D.


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Answers to some Frequently Asked Questions

 

How can Kundalini Yoga help people today?

 

The technology of Kundalini Yoga can help mankind face the challenges of transition from the Piscean Age to the Aquarian Age by opening the heart centre. It can change the rate at which the individual vibrates so that they are in tune with the vibration of the Aquarian Age. Kundalini Yoga can help because it is a holistic technology for healing body, mind and spirit. It gives people access to the storehouse of resources built into their body and mind. It can help humankind by enabling them to combat mental fatigue diseases such as ME and other psychological disorders. Kundalini Yoga technology can achieve this by working directly on the nervous and glandular systems in the body.

 

In the transition from the Piscean age to the Aquarian age people will experience emptiness, insanity and pain. Kundalini Yoga includes kriyas and meditations to help people cope with these conditions. Kundalini Yoga can help people to improve their intuition and this will help them cope with widespread and constant stress and a need to take actions and to make decisions on a vast shifting array of problems.

 

Kundalini Yoga gives one the mental power, physical stamina and emotional balance to deal more effectively with the issues confronting people as a result of the transition to the Aquarian Age.

 

 

What is Yoga and what is its purpose and benefits?

 

The word yoga means “to join together” or “to unite”. Yoga is the union of the individual’s unit consciousness with the Infinite Consciousness. Yoga is essentially a relationship. Yoga can be translated as integration. Yoga is a technology of awareness. It is an experiential process of transformation.

 

The purpose of yoga is to give us the experience of connection, to respond to the command of the soul and the Infinite.  Kundalini yoga is designed to give us “hands on” experience of our highest consciousness. The purpose of yoga is to help us find our way through to God consciousness.

 

The benefits of practicing Kundalini yoga include:

 

1.     Developing and maintaining physical, mental and emotional flexibility.

 

2.     Becoming more effective in handling problems.

 

3.     Cleansing your physical, mental and emotional obstructions, worn out attitudes and beliefs.

 

4.     Opening us to access higher knowledge and our own inner selves.

 

5.     Gaining more control over our lives and consequently having less need to exercise control, this results in us feeling more secure and trusting.

 

6.     Helping to build character because greater mental clarity and focus is achieved.

 

7.     Making it is easier to act consistently, to finish tasks, to be truthful, fair and honest.

 

8.     Strengthening our immune system.

 

9.     Teaching us how to gain vital glands, a strong nervous system, good circulation and an awareness of the impact of your habits.

 

10. Learning to use the clarity of the neutral, intuitive, comprehensive mind.

 

11. Balancing the glandular system, strengthening the 72,000 nerves in the body, expanding the lung capacity and purifying the bloodstream.

 

12. Bringing balance to the body, mind and soul.

 

 

 

What are Kundalini Yoga and the Kundalini Energy?         

 

Kundalini yoga is a technology to awaken your awareness and to take you into your original Self.  It is the yoga of latent spiritual awareness. It is the science of how to excel and fulfil oneself in the experience of being human.

 

Kundalini yoga can also be regarded as the science of changing and strengthening one’s radiance to give one an expanded life and greater capacity. An important part of Kundalini yoga is to develop the Neutral Mind and its capacity for intelligence, endurance and integrity.

 

Kundalini Energy is the cosmic energy that is the life force in every human being.  It is the nuclear nerve energy of the soul. It is the energy that enables the soul to act. It normally lies dormant in the muladhara (root Chakra located at the perineum).

 

Kundalini energy is when 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. It is the awakened inner identity of you.

  

 

 

How does Kundalini Yoga compare to the other types of yoga?

         

Kundalini Yoga is more comprehensive than other types of yoga. While all forms of yoga focus on stimulating and regulating the Kundalini Energy, Kundalini Yoga achieves this quicker than other types of yoga because it encompasses several types of yoga such as, Jappa Yoga, Shakti Yoga, Laya Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga and Hatha Yoga.

 

There is a certain depth, completeness, and timelessness to Kundalini Yoga that maybe other types of yoga don’t have.  It cannot be reduced to any other form.

 


 

What is Mantra and how does it work. 

 

Mantra is a sound current, which tunes and controls mental vibration. When we chant a mantra we are choosing to invoke the positive power contained in those particular syllables. It doesn’t actually matter if we understand the meaning of the sounds or not.

 

Mantras are formulas that alter the patterns of the mind and the chemistry of the brain according to physical and metaphysical laws.

 

Mantra is a word or words, combinations of syllables, which help focus the mind.  Man means mind, trang means wave or projection and tra means to tune the vibration.

 

The power of a mantra is in its sound vibration. There is a science of Naad behind mantra. Naad works with the movement of the tongue in the mouth, language, and chemical changes in the brain.  A shabd is music that cuts the ego. The Shabd Guru is a quantum technology of sound. It directly alters our consciousness through the power of Naad.  Shabd Guru is sound current as Teacher because it removes the constrictions and distortions of the ego.




VIDEOS


Here are some short videos, concentrating on particular yoga postures, for you to enjoy!


Butterfly Pose

Great for opening the hips.


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Best of luck on your yogic journey. If you are interested in learning more please feel free to drop in to one of our classes.  Places are limited so we invite you to contact Nam Sangat Singh on namsangats@gmail.com to check that a space is available for you.
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