“You are the master of your destiny.” – Yogi Bhajan
Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is an ancient practice of yoga, which has a deep scientific base to strengthen the connection between the body, mind and soul. It is a form of yoga that is at least 5,000 years old, which was brought to the West from India by Yogi Bhajan, master of Kundalini Yoga, in 1969.
Kundalini Yoga brings the technology and personal discipline to awaken one’s higher consciousness, bringing greater balance and harmony to one’s life. This awareness and balance is encouraged by the practice of pranayam (breath work), specific kriyas (exercise sets), ancient mantras (sounds) and meditations. Through this practice of kundalini yoga, the soul’s energy, kundalini force, is moved from the base of the spine, where it lays, up the spinal column, feeding the nerves, glands and energy centers (chakras), as it travels up the body.
Some of the benefits of Kundalini Yoga are:
- Strengthens the nervous system, helping the nerves to function better.
- Improves muscle strength and flexibility of the body and spine.
- Increases circulation of blood and lymph, encouraging health of organs, glands and tissues.
- Helps to eliminate toxins and waste products of the body.
- Helps in connection with the Divine Being in our self, our higher consciousness, bringing peace and balance.
The 90 minute class consists of:
- Breath awareness through specific breathing techniques.
- Specific kriyas, sets of exercises, with a particular goal in mind. For example: Kriya for Disease Resistance or Kriya for Healthy Lungs. There are hundreds of kriyas to choose from.
- A meditation period, usually, though not always, using mantras, which are sound words designed to bring focus, clarity and a sense of peace and well-being.
- A relaxation period, during which time the student is given a guided visualization to enter a peaceful, calm state of body and mind. It is during this time of relaxation that the benefits of the breath work, exercises and meditation are absorbed by the body and mind. Sometimes soft music is played during the meditation period, and sometimes the gong is played.
- The class closes with the singing together “Long Time Sun”, a song of peace and love.
Being a KRI (Kundalini Research Institute) certified instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, I follow specific guidelines and standards for my teaching and my classes.