An Introduction to Kundalini Yoga
The transformational gifts of Kundalini Yoga are here for you to explore and adapt to your life. There is no other discipline quite like it! It works on your entire nervous and glandular system. It prepares the mind for optimal clarity and greater use. It enlivens your sense of awareness and delivers a vast influx of inner energy and creativity.
The word “Kundalini” means awareness and hidden potential of that awareness; it is the greatness of which you are capable. In the Yogic tradition Kundalini energy is portrayed as a coiled serpent, lying dormant at the base of the spine. To raise the Kundalini means to awaken and enliven this creative storehouse of our energetic system.
Kundalini Yoga is the original and most powerful of the 22 schools of yoga, all of which are beneficial. The Yoga Sutras say that what you can achieve in 12 years of Hatha Yoga, plus 6 years of Raj Yoga, plus 3 years of Mantra Yoga, plus 1 year of Laya Yoga can be accomplished in a single year of perfectly practised Kundalini Yoga. So it is known as the fastest form of Yoga practise and personal development.
It is designed for the active person with responsibilities in work, the family, and the world. It was maintained as a secret oral tradition for thousands of years, which protected the techniques from abuse, but this created an unnecessary image of mystery around techniques that are truly practical and systematic.
Kundalini Yoga can be practised by anyone if it is done gradually and according to the instructions. In 1969, an acknowledged master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan, recognised the need to disseminate the techniques. He codified and released the teachings. He began training teachers to share these precious technologies for human calibre in the United States and around the globe.
As our society becomes increasingly technological, our world is quickly growing into a global village. Each part of the world is more intimately affected by every other part. The pace of change is increasing, and the stress on our nervous system is even greater.
The inner science of the mind is the tool that will enable us to cope with the pressure of growth and change. It is the mind that interprets the world and ourselves. It is the mind that we must train to guide this flow of impulses, through our cleared system and strengthened foundation.
As a beginning Kundalini student, you should go at a pace that suits your flexibility and endurance. Practise the sitting postures at home, to open the hips and release the spine. To really get the benefits of this powerful sacred art, develop your own personal practise that you do every day, even if it is just for 15 mins. The benefits are endless, vaster than you could ever know, the only way to know this for yourselves, is to actually do it! Your practise should be at the same time and place every day, so that you will begin to build energy there, and that way you will improve rapidly.
Ideally you will be attending 1-3 classes per week to establish a firm foundation for an effective programme that fits your needs, goals, capacity and lifestyle. Wear loose exercise clothes, preferable of cotton or other natural fibres.
The class will always begin with the Adi Mantra:
ONG NAMO GURU DEV NAMO
This translates into “I call upon the Divine teacher” or it can be understood as:
• I open myself to the experience beyond my limited self
• I call upon the subtle knowledge of my own highest mind to uplift me with what I learn
• Let my unlimited spirit and consciousness guide me
This chant brings us to attention. We come to class from many different activities and mental states. To begin together we take a common thought. By chanting it we also take the same breath. This one thought creates a “Yoga”, or union, between the finite sense of our self that we all normally use and the unlimited potential that we often intuit and long for. In Kundalini Yoga we always begin with this Mantra, whether at home or in class. The chant is usually recited at least three times.
Then will follow:
Add Guray Namah, Jurgat Guray Nameh, Sat Guray Nameh, Siri Guru Dev e Nameh
This is known as the protection mantra, which sends Light in all four directions to protect and guide you through the class. Again this is chanted at home and in class. This mantra is known to ignite the spark of Kundalini that is passed from teacher to student back and back through the realms of time. This is called “The Golden Chain”.
Then we will embark on the Kriya (completed action). This is a specially designed sequence of yoga exercises, each lasting various times. This series will “work out” a certain component of your mind and body system – be it your glandular system, nervous system, inner organs, energetic system (charkas) or muscular system. At the end of the sequence, you will be consolidated into a new physical and mental form.
After the Kriya, there is a period for deep relaxation in Corpse Pose. This part is just as important as the vigour that was put into the exercises. This is the antidote to stress, as you allow your body to become light and beautiful. Let your mind become open and imaginative as you begin to feel free and joyous.
Then there is the meditation. Your body will be transformed as a result of the Kriya, your mind and emotions will now be made calm and clear by directing your attention. You will begin to sense and develop your mind and your ability to project and concentrate. The meditation may be in silence or chanted, it may last from 5-11 mins for beginners, 11-31 mins for advanced.
The Lifestyle and Practise…..
Kundalini will give you access into the storehouse of resources built into your body and mind. Imagine your body to be a high performance car. You would give it only the most high performance fuel; you would get it serviced regularly. Making sure you had regular oil changes and preventative maintenance. You would love it and take great care over it.
This is how we should take care of ourselves.
Regular practise of Kundalini Yoga will put us back in touch with our “high performance” abilities. Use of drugs is not recommended for anyone, but particularly not for students of Kundalini Yoga, and most especially not before a class. With a drug high the powerful energies we excite may get out of control with unpredictable effects.
The main guideline for a good yogic practise is to be conscious, to cultivate moderation and to commit to presenting yourself to your highest awareness.
All teachings have been “tried and tested” by KRI (Kundalini Research Institute), a body in New Mexico that has monitored the effects of all the Kriyas and Meditations as taught by Yogi Bhajan.
Information supplied by:
Siridatta, who is a qualified Kundalini Yoga teacher, author of “Open your heart with Kundalini Yoga” by Harper Collins and a Reiki Master.
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