What is Kundalini Yoga?
Kundalini Yoga was brought to the west in 1969 by Yogi Bhajan and is considered the most comprehensive of yoga traditions, combining physical postures (asanas) with breath control (pranayam), meditation, chanting (mantras) and guided relaxation.
As an holistic philosophy and authentic system, Kundalini Yoga brings practical benefits of rejuvenation and healing. Over time this practice provides the physiological and psychological prerequisites for total health. These include a balanced glandular system, strong nervous system, expanded lung capacity, the clearing of emotional blocks, increased self-awareness and vitality.
Also known as the “yoga of awareness”, Kundalini Yoga works on every aspect of the body, mind and spirit, and is a practice to experience our dormant potential as a fully integrated, spiritual being.
Most of our states of consciousness could be thought of as postures – some static and some dynamic – each of which affect our breathing and mind patterns. By changing our body posture, breath rhythm and thought vibration we can change our state.
Kundalini Yoga is efficient and effective in supporting change in our various physical, mental and emotional states – for example, improving cardiovascular health, reducing stress, bringing balance to our emotional self, addressing addictions and behavioural patterns.
The teachings within Kundalini Yoga also offer guidance for other aspects of life including a healthy diet, service to others, conscious communication and creating more harmony in our relationships.
The GRDP has a pool of qualified Kundalini Yoga teachers who deliver classes to a range of individuals and groups including those suffering domestic violence, mental health challenges, rehabilitation from alcohol and drug addictions, the homeless, young people with behavioural problems and those affected by HIV and AIDS.
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Background of Kundalini Yoga
“Kundalini” means “curl of the lock of the hair of the beloved”. This poetic metaphor alludes to the flow of energy and consciousness that exists within each of us, and enables us to merge – or “yoke” – the universal self.
Kundalini Yoga as a practice is a Raj Yoga and for thousands of years this sacred science was veiled in secrecy and passed on through a Master to a chosen disciple. In the past 500 years, it intersected with the lineage of the Sikh Gurus.
Guru Ram Das, the fourth Sikh Guru, was given the throne of Raj Yoga and it was Guru Ram Das who, many years later, gave a personal mantra to Yogi Bhajan through his subtle self during a deep meditation.
It is through this lineage and legacy that students from all walks of life can now access the technology of kundallini yoga, since Yoga Bhajan broke the tradition of secrecy and began openly teaching it in the east and west from 1969, creating teachers who now spread the teachings all over the world.
About Yogi Bhajan
Yogi Bhajan was a Master of Kundalini Yoga by the age of 16. He arrived in the United States in 1969 with a vision of bringing this technology to the west, recognizing its powerful benefits for the challenging and turbulent times to come.
He had a stated purpose: “I have come to create teachers, not to gather disciples.” He founded 3HO – the Happy Healthy Holy Organization – based on his first principle “Happiness is your birthright.” And through The Aquarian Teacher Program, Yogi Bhajan has trained thousands of KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Teachers. In 1994 he founded the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association (IKYTA) and the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) to further share and preserve his teachings.
Yogi Bhajan taught all manner of audiences for 35 years on subjects ranging from psychology to cookery, from ayurveda to meditation, from humanology to sound current. His teachings continue to fascinate and inspire the lives of an ever increasing number of seekers of truth of all backgrounds.
Yogi Bhajan passed away in October 2004 but his teachings continue to be one of the guiding lights of the Aquarian Age.