Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is considered one of the most comprehensive of yoga traditions. Yoga in its basic form means union or connection and this lineage holds true to this simple yet powerful meaning. These practices work to create a connection or union between your inner/outer worlds and mind/body&spirit. Many of us run around in our busy worlds feeling disconnected and out of balance/rhythm. A typical Kundalini Yoga class contains the full package of asana, breath work, relaxation, sound/mantra & meditation and is designed to support those re-connections and release of stress and old energies from your physical body as well as your subconscious mind. Due to the excessive stress/burdens that many of us carry, our nervous systems and glandular systems often get weak and out of balance. These practices support the strengthening of the nervous system to better handle everyday life challenges. They also balance the glandular system of the body (glandular system is often times referred to as the guardian of our health). Whether you are looking for support for practical everyday mind/body/spirit balance, stress relief, healing, body movement/stretching and/or are one interested in deep esoteric yogic practices for transformation/change these practices hold something for everyone. The word Kundalini simply refers to awakening the higher potential that resides within each and every one of us. Through the process of awakening our "Kundalini" or higher potentials we become more aware of the subtler, deeper. and more expansive aspects to life, thus this practice of Kundalini Yoga is often times referred to as the Yoga of Awareness.
With over a thousand specific Kriyas & Meditation techniques the weekly classes are rarely the same, but are inspired by each instructor's experience and intuition for the specific needs of the day/class/times. You can read more about the structure of a class on the Class Schedule Page.
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Overview of Kundalini Yoga - (written from a yogi perspective):
Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is considered one of the most comprehensive of yoga traditions, combining meditation, mantra, mudra (hand positions) , drishti (eye positions), physical exercises and breathing techniques; it is a Raj Yog, encompassing the eight limbs of yoga into a singular practice of excellence and ecstasy. "Kundalini" literally means "the curl of the lock of hair of the beloved." This poetic metaphor alludes to the flow of energy and consciousness that exists within each 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 the kundalini, although the oral tradition reaches back even further into history. For thousands of years, this sacred science and technology was veiled in secrecy, passed along verbally from master to chosen disciple.
Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is also known as the Yoga of Awareness; its focus is on self-awareness and delivering an experience of your highest consciousness. The technology of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is a science of the mind and body, to elevate the spirit, which has no boundaries, no discrimination. Therefore it is for everyone, universal and nondenominational. It is a dynamic and powerful tool designed to give you an experience of your soul.
In the ancient tradition that is yoga, Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is a householder path; that is, it has always been practiced by those with families and jobs as opposed to a renunciate's path of celibacy and removal from society, which was the usual path of a yogi.
Focus & Primary Objective of Kundalini Yoga:
The primary objective is to awaken the full potential of human awareness in each individual; that is, recognize our awareness, refine that awareness, and expand that awareness to our unlimited Self. Clear any inner duality, create the power to deeply listen, cultivate inner stillness, and prosper and deliver excellence in all that we do.
The focus of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is on one's personal experience and awareness through the practice of kriya and naad. We awaken the kundalini in order to be able to call upon the full potential of the nervous and glandular systems and to balance the subtle system of chakras and meridians within the body. "Kriya" is an orchestrated pattern of movements, sound, pranayam, mudras, concentration and meditation that automatically guide the energies of the body and the mind to a specific result or change of consciousness.
Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® does not rely on any one of these techniques per se, although we use many. Instead, it is the unique and tested syntax, within the structure of each kriya as shared by Yogi Bhajan, which provides steady, predictable progress and which leverages these basic functions of the body and the mind to create rapid, sustainable, personal growth and healing. In this tradition, meditation is not considered separate from asana or yoga; it is integral to the practice. The exercises in the kriya bring the body and mind to a state where deep meditation is easily achieved.
Our fundamental objective is to awaken the power of the individual to excel—to experience their Infinity and fulfill their personal destiny.
*Majority of the information used in this description of Kundalini Yoga is from the Kundalini Research Institute website. The holding organization for the teachings of Yogi Bhajan. www.kundaliniresearchinstitute.org