Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga is simply the uncoiling of yourself to find your potential and your vitality and reach your virtues. There is nothing outside, everything is you. You are the storehouse of your totality”
~ Yogi Bhajan

Kundalini Yoga in Bath & Bradford on Avon with Aradhana Kaur

Kundalini yoga is known as ‘the Yoga of Awareness’.  Through this practice, we awaken the vital force and find union with the truth of who we are. 

The kundalini is the energy that is within all of us, which when activated, unites us with our universal self. ‘Kundalini‘ literally and very beautifully means ‘the curl of the lock of the hair of the beloved.’  

Yoga means ‘to yoke’ or ‘unite’, and the practice of yoga creates union between mind, body and soul.  Yoga unites us with ultimate consciousness – union of our material and spiritual worlds, the finite with the infinite.

The kundalini lies dormant at the base of the spine where the image is given of a sleeping serpent coiled three and half times.  That is, until it is awakened with a practice such as Kundalini Yoga.

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan

Kundalini is mentioned in many traditions of yoga. What I teach is ‘Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan‘. Yogi Bhajan brought this yoga to the West, to USA, in 1969. He taught thousands of classes which were recorded by his students, and today these are what we teach.

The Golden Chain is the energetic link between each teacher and their teacher, and back through the whole lineage of the tradition, including Yogi Bhajan and the Sikh Gurus. It even goes way beyond, to encompass the Ascended Masters. At the beginning of the class, the teacher tunes into the Golden Chain to invite this wisdom to come through us. The students join in too, through chanting the Adi Mantra together.

How does Kundalini Yoga compare with other styles of yoga?

In common with all styles of yoga, kundalini yoga combines Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathwork), Mudras (specific positions of hand and arm), Relaxation and Meditation.

In kundalini yoga these elements are put together in Kriyas – a complete sequence of actions that delivers on an intention. In each class we work on a different kriya. Some focus on a physical benefit, others on an emotional benefit, while others work on a metaphysical level e.g. Kriya for Abdominal Strengthening, Kriya for Magnetic Field and Heart Centre, Foundation for Infinity. 

The kriyas were taught by Yogi Bhajan and today we have the honour of teaching them.

This is not the bendy-stretchy type of yoga but it is very strengthening and increases flexibility in the body. There may be long repetitions of a particular exercise, it may challenge – and build –  your stamina. Depending on the kriya, we may be seated for much of the kriya. Other kriyas have more dynamic movement of the whole body. It all has a purpose. 

This is a yoga that invites you to go deep inside. Most of the practice is done with the eyes closed and the focus internally at the third eye.

“…Make your third eye bright and beautiful, so you can come out of the dark and make others to come with you.” ~ Yogi Bhajan

In Kundalini Yoga the focus is on Mantra

Yogi Bhajan said “Yoga without mantra is not Kundalini Yoga”

Sometimes we chant aloud during the class, at other times we mentally repeat a mantra. The repetition of a mantra keeps the mind busy so that we can slip into a state of meditation.

You may not be used to chanting, you may think it’s weird, you may not want to open your mouth because you think you can’t sing – but do give it a go. My experience is that chanting is very heart-opening and has shown me the joy of singing.

The mantras tune into the sound current that creates the universe. The language is Gurmukhi, the language of the Sikh sacred texts, which is similar to Punjabi.

We carry the mantra ‘Sat Nam’ – Truth is my identity – on the breath during the class (and hopefully afterwards too). 

Classes are usually accompanied by music and we listen to the mantras put to beautiful music by artists such as Snatam Kaur, Mirabai Ceiba, Nirinjan Kaur and many others.