Kundalini Yoga

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IT’S YOGA BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT

Practicing Kundalini Yoga helps to raise consciousness so we can better understand ourselves and live a more harmonious life. Involving a dynamic blend of physical postures, breathing techniques, meditation, mantra and relaxation, Kundalini Yoga can be practiced by anyone regardless of age, fitness and experience.

Traditional yoga practices, originating from India, incorporate 4 key elements: asanas (exercises), breathwork, relaxation & meditation.  Kundalini Yoga is one of the few types of yoga currently available in the West that incorporates all of these elements.  It uses previously secret, ancient and powerful techniques from India that were brought to the West by Yogi Bhajan in 1968.

 

According to ancient eastern wisdom, Kundalini is the store of latent energy lying dormant at the base of the spinal column. Through the practice of Kundalini Yoga, this energy source is stimulated to rise up the spinal column and activate the pineal gland. Once activated, the pineal gland enables you to use the energy of the mind and emotions in a more positive and effective way.

A regular Kundalini Yoga practice builds the capacities of self-awareness and inner strength in order to let go of negative emotional programming and help you fulfill your highest potential.

BENEFITS OF KUNDALINI YOGA

Kundalini Yoga is a safe and effective way to reduce stress and anxiety and bring balance to the body, mind and soul. A regular practice of Kundalini Yoga activates the glandular system, strengthens the nervous system, expands lung capacity, purifies the bloodstream and builds core body strength.

The medical benefits of practicing Kundalini Yoga are related to the way it helps to activate and rejuvenate the glandular system and, in particular, the pineal gland. The pineal gland produces the sleep hormone melatonin and is vital in helping to maintain balance in the body system. The effects of aging and stress have a direct impact on the functioning of the pineal gland and this can lead to sleep disorders and an overall decrease in health.

According to physician, Dr Dharma Singh Khalsa, who has devoted his life to healing through yogic techniques, the type of meditation practiced in Kundalini Yoga is the most effective way to channel energy to specific glands and organs to make them function better, counter stress and restore balance.

WHAT TO EXPECT

A typical Kundalini Yoga class is between 60 and 90 minutes.  Each Kundalini Yoga class and experience is unique to the individual. The best thing you can do before you begin a Kundalini Yoga class is relieve yourself of any expectations, as it works in many different ways. The outcome of a Kundalini class is never the same. However you can expect every Kundalini Yoga class, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, to include six major components:

  1. Tuning in with the ‘Adi Mantra’ – we tune in to protect ourselves during the practice (see below for more info)
  2. Pranayam (breathing) or warm-up – to protect the body from injury
  3. Kriya – a set of exercises taught in a specific order to work on a particular theme
  4. Relaxation – a chance to deeply relax and absorb the benefits of the Kriya
  5. Meditation – to still the mind
  6. Close with the blessing song, ‘May the long time sun shine upon you’ and three long chants of ‘Sat Nam’ (truth is my identity) – to close and seal the practice (see below for more info)

Many kriyas and meditations in Kundalini Yoga include mantra and chanting. The use of mantra works on the chemistry of the brain, which in turn relaxes the mind and the body. This form of meditation can help those who may find silence and stillness very challenging.

Tuning In

Every Kundalini Yoga class begins with the Adi Mantra which is usually chanted three times. It goes like this:

ONG NAMO GURU DEV NAMO

(Adi Mantra)

Ong – creator

Namo – reverent greetings

Guru – giver of wisdom (gu = dark, ru = light)

dev = transparent (non-physical)

I bow to the subtle divine wisdom, the divine teacher within.

The Adi Mantra is an ancient yogic mantra which allows the chanter to relate instantly to the divine teacher within. Adi means primal or first and mantra means the creative mental projection using sound.

The Adi Mantra is usually followed by the Heart Protection Mantra (Mangala Charan Mantra) and is also chanted three times.  It goes like this:

AAD GURAY NAMEH, JUGAAD GURAY NAMEH

SAT GUREH NAMEH, SIREE GUROO DAYV-AY NAMEH

I bow to the primal wisdom.

I bow to the wisdom true through the ages

I bow to the true wisdom. I bow to the great unseen wisdom.

This is a mantra which clears the clouds of doubt and opens us to guidance and protection. It surrounds the magnetic field with protective light.

Closing the class

At the end of a Kundalini Yoga class the Long time Sun Song is usually chanted one to three times.  Every Kundalini Yoga class is closed by chanting Sat Nam three times.

MAY THE LONG TIME SUN SHINE UPON YOU

ALL LOVE SURROUND YOU

AND THE PURE LIGHT WITHIN YOU

GUIDE YOUR WAY ON

SAT NAM

Sat – Truth

Nam – Identity

Chanting this mantra awakens your soul and gives you your destiny.

Check out the Info for students page for more about Kundalini Yoga and KYC.

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2 Comments

  • Heather Robertson

    Hi,

    I was wondering if you could explain what Aquarian Sadhana is and if a beginner student could comfortabley attend? confirming if this is the fortnight that it is on?
    Warm regards and thanks
    Heather

    • admin

      Sat nam Heather
      Yes that would be a beautiful way to begin your Kundalini Yoga experience. It is a bit different to a usual class though since the teacher does the class with the group and there is usually less instruction. However you only need to do what you can and just being there is enough to experience the benefits and healing energy of the group. Here’s a link to a recent blog about Sadhana with more info – http://www.kundaliniyogacollective.org.au/uncategorized/rise-up/
      The Aquarian Sadhana at KYC Northern Beaches is every fortnight – they just had one so the next one is Saturday 22nd November. The Sadhana at Newtown is weekly on Saturdays. Blessings and enjoy!

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