Kundalini yoga is different. It is one of the oldest lineages of yoga traditions – dating back thousands of years. The word itself is Sanskrit for ‘coiled snake’ and this describes the central channel within us, that carries our energy and ‘being’ up through our body. It arrived in the West, in 1969 after Yogi Bhajan left India to visit California. There he found a society with a lifestyle that took them out of their minds and bodies (literally) via that generation’s of drugs and alcohol. He knew this lifestyle was their only method ‘to seek an ‘expanded consciousness’ but was in fact really, their longing to experience God. He saw that by using drugs and misguided mysticism, they were destroying themselves instead. He set about teaching groups Kundalini yoga, and tools about how to find themselves via the chemicals that their own bodies naturally made.
Kundalini yoga is a technology yoga that gives you ‘tools’ to manage the times we live in, to create all you need, to transform or maintain your lives into balance and health. Many walk into a class and walk out knowing something has changed inside themselves forever. A student recently said to me after her first class
‘Wow, I am full of energy, I feel amazing. Thank you. (We had done a class practice to enrich us with a ‘radiant body’). Then she went on to say ‘I feel I’ve had a profound experience tonight. Something shifted in me. I wanted to tell you is, how much the chant at the end, helped me. I’ve never heard my voice, found it, or allowed myself to listen to my voice. I’m not heard.’
“The process of growth through Kundalini Yoga is a natural unfolding of your own nature. The blocks to that growth are your attachments to the familiarity of the past, and your fear of the expanded Self. As you practice Kundalini Yoga you will grow. Like a snake you will need to shed old skins to be more of who you are.”
North Yorkshire now has a Kundalini yoga class for you – at last!
Yogi Bhajan wrote 5 beautiful and transformative Sutras for the Aquarian Age to guide us. Sutras are knots that are complex spiritual concepts distilled to one sentence, brief enough to be remembered by students, and concepts that teachers can expand on.
1. Recognize that the other person is you.
2. There is a way through every block
3. When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off.
4. Understand through compassion or you will misunderstand the times.
5. Vibrate the Cosmos; the Cosmos shall clear the path.
Kundalini yoga can bring about a deep experience of knowing, allowing and accepting Kundalini yoga differs from all other yoga’s. This yoga focuses on EXPANSION. Energy activation, breathwork and meditation (which includes meditative chants. It is a yoga that builds your physical strength, creates a strong nervous system (the basis to withstanding the pressures of today’s life) and a radiant and physically powerful body. It is a yoga that works on the hormones, (youth and vitality) and helps self-acceptance. This could be the yoga practice for you, a yoga delivered with an aspect of spiritual enlightenment, not merely arriving on the mat and going from posture to posture without taking note of how you are experiencing within your deeper and higher self.
I look forward to welcoming you to my class.