What is KundaliniYoga? Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is considered the mostcomprehensive of yoga traditions, combining meditation, mantra, physicalexercises and breathing techniques; it is a Raj Yog, encompassing the eightlimbs of yoga into a singular practice of excellence and ecstasy. “Kundalini”literally means “the curl of the lock of hair of the beloved.” This poeticmetaphor alludes to the flow of energy and consciousness that exists withineach of us, and enables us to merge with – or “yoke” – the universal Self.Fusing individual and universal consciousness creates a divine union, called“yoga.” The Upanishads, dating back to the fifth century B.C., describe thekundalini, although the oral tradition reaches back even further into history.For thousands of years, this sacred science and technology was veiled insecrecy, passed along verbally from master to chosen disciple.
How doyou describe Kundalini YogaKundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is alsoknown as the Yoga of Awareness; its focus is on self-awareness and deliveringan experience of your highest consciousness. The technology of Kundalini Yogaas taught by Yogi Bhajan® is a science of the mind and body, to elevate thespirit, which has no boundaries, no discrimination. Therefore it is foreveryone, universal and nondenominational.
In theancient tradition that is yoga, Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is ahouseholder path; that is, it has always been practiced by those with familiesand jobs as opposed to a renunciate’s path of celibacy and removal fromsociety, which was the usual path of a yogi.
Whatis the focus of Kundalini Yoga? What is the primary objective of the practice?
Theprimary objective is to awaken the full potential of human awareness in eachindividual; that is, recognize our awareness, refine that awareness, and expandthat awareness to our unlimited Self. Clear any inner duality, create the powerto deeply listen, cultivate inner stillness, and prosper and deliver excellencein all that we do.
Thefocus of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is on one’s personalexperience and awareness through the practice of kriya and naad. We awaken thekundalini in order to be able to call upon the full potential of the nervousand glandular systems and to balance the subtle system of chakras and meridianswithin the body. “Kriya” is an orchestrated pattern of movements, sound,pranayam, mudras, concentration and meditation that automatically guide the energiesof the body and the mind to a specific result or change of consciousness.
KundaliniYoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® does not rely on any one of these techniques perse, although we use many. Instead, it is the unique and tested syntax, withinthe structure of each kriya as shared by Yogi Bhajan, which provides steady,predictable progress and which leverages these basic functions of the body andthe mind to create rapid, sustainable, personal growth and healing. In thistradition, meditation is not considered separate from asana or yoga; it isintegral to the practice. The exercises in the kriya bring the body and mind toa state where deep meditation is easily achieved.
Ourfundamental objective is to awaken the power of the individual to excel—toexperience their Infinity and fulfill their personal destiny.
It’s efficiency and effectiveness—its power. KundaliniYoga is quick. Because it’s a system built for the householder, the changes youwant to affect in your life happen much more quickly with Kundalini Yoga astaught by Yogi Bhajan® than many other styles of yoga. It’s variety oftechniques and meditations is enormous, allowing the instructor to tailorprograms that support the individual and her goals. It’s a safe way tostimulate the body’s natural resources and become healthy, happy, and holy—inbody, mind and spirit. It’s a proven path to the Self and the Soul—to anexperience of your highest destiny.
Beyond kriya and the traditional structure of aKundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® yoga class, the Teachings of YogiBhajan comprise a vast array of topics, which he called humanology:
relationships and marriage,
women’s and men’s teachings,
meditation and mudra,
Naad Yoga and mantra,
numerology and much more.
In this way, Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®is known as a Raj Yoga because it incorporates aspects of all paths of yoga:service, devotion, posture, breath, sound, concentration, wisdom and so on.