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Kundalini Yoga

As taught by Yogi Bhajan

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What is Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan?

  • Kundalini Yoga originated in India, thousands of years ago. The teachings were brought to the United States of America by Yogi Bhajan in 1969.
  • The word “kundalini” literally means “the curl of the lock of hair”. It is a poetic way of describing the flow of energy and consciousness (awareness) that already exists within each one of us. This energy resides at the base of the spine. Through the practice of Kundalini Yoga, we awaken this energy in order to realise our creative potential.
  • Kundalini Yoga is a dynamic form of yoga that awakens our own awareness. It uses sets of physical postures and movements (asana), meditation, breathing exercises (pranayama), and chanting (mantra).
  • It is a physical practice which encompasses a meditative focus, so as well as strengthening the health and well being of our physical body, it is valuable in balancing our emotional state, our mental clarity, and is good for relieving stress.
  • It can be a stepping stone for personal transformation.
  • It gives you a chance to refocus your life by changing how you feel about yourself and your life’s challenges. It can positively change how you live and participate in your daily routine. Regularly attending yoga classes will help you do this.

  • How does Kundalini Yoga differ from other forms of yoga?

  • Kundalini Yoga contains the elements of all forms of Yoga; Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga, Shakti, Tantra, Raj, to name but a few.
  • It is the most powerful form of yoga; the exercises and meditations in Kundalini Yoga help purify, stimulate and strengthen all the systems of the body by unlocking your inner, creative energy to get the most out of life.
  • Your Kundalini Yoga teacher does not make up exercises or sets of movements, but uses prescribed sets of exercises (kriyas) which focus upon specific areas of the body. It is taught in its pure and complete form.
  • Powerful breathing is fundamental to Kundalini yoga. Effective breath control oxygenates the entire body, clearing the mind, strengthening the immune system, detoxifying and vitalizing the body, improving digestion, balancing the two hemispheres of the brain and releasing fears, insecurities, irritability, depression and emotional blocks. A healthy body and peaceful mind can help us to remain happy whatever our personal circumstances.
  • By embracing Kundalini Yoga with an open heart and with respect, you can change your life forever.

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