“The power of Awareness….I am able to control only that of which I am aware. That of which I am unaware controls me.” ~Yogi Bhajan
What is Kundalini Yoga?
In 1968 Yogi Bhajan left India to bring to America the Yogic and Meditative Technology of Kundalini Yoga, which he mastered at age 16. He is one of four humanitarians to have received a joint congressional resolution by the United States Congress honoring his life’s work and teachings. The other recipients were: Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King and Pope John Paul ll.
Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is considered the most comprehensive of yoga traditions, combining meditation, mantra, physical exercises and breathing techniques. It is a Raj Yoga encompassing the eight limbs of yoga into a singular practice of excellence and bliss. Kundalini Yoga is more than 5000 years old. It is a proven technology* and it works for all ages and abilities.
The practice of Kundalini Yoga balances the glandular system, strengthens the nervous system, expands lung capacity and purifies the bloodstream. It brings balance to the body, mind and soul and enables you to harness the energy of your mind and emotions, so you can be in control of yourself, rather than being controlled by your thoughts and feelings. It is on-the-job-training for success and excellence in life, and is designed to give you a “hands on” experience of higher consciousness. From this place of higher consciousness, we make choices and decisions that serve our higher self. Kundalini Yoga teaches positive self-empowering attitudes of thinking, and builds inner strength and self-awareness so you can fulfill your highest potential.
Kundalini Yoga is not a religion, has nothing to do with beliefs, and is not a substitute for religious practices. Applying the technology to our bodies and minds has the effect of uplifting our spirit. It works from within, energizing our normally dormant spiritual energy—–the Kundalini. The effects are profound and universal. It can help us find God, but in a non-denominational way. Regular practice will make you a better Christian, Jew, Muslim or whatever you aspire to be. Whatever your beliefs, the end goal is the same. Life is not about being identified with a label. Life is about being divinely you.
*Technology……Definition is “the application of science.”
For Additional and More Detailed Information on the Physical Aspect of this Practice Please Read the Forward Taken From the Manual “Physical Wisdom…Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.
The ancient yogis and sages who developed Kundalini Yoga had a deep respect for the creator of this human body. They knew, in their profound devotion and workship, that so perfect a creator could only have created perfection in design, function, and potential. Based on this respect, they sought knowledge of the totality of the human being. They researched the human ability to maintain good health, increase vitality, open consciousness and expand the experience of the excellence of human life. Their research gave them a great understanding of the nervous system, glandular system, organ system, energy system and the brain. They learned how blood, nerves, muscles, organs and glands all work together. They investigated the seen and the unseen, and the interrelationships between the physical and the subtle. From this research they developed Kundalini Yoga.
Kundalini Yoga is a highly evolved technology based on a thorough understanding of the ecology of the human body, how the breath affects the thinking, how the angle of a finger affects the pituitary gland, and so on. This technology works with the systems of the human body using the body’s own means. Hand position, breath, posture, sound and motion are employed in various ways to create the optimum balance among all the body’s components. Kundalini Yoga gives us access to the full resources of this perfectly designed human body and deepens our appreciation of this body as a miraculous gift.
Furthermore, Kundalini Yoga is wisdom expressed through the medium of action. It can only speak to you if you do it. This ancient and priceless wisdom will give you the experience of the unfolding of your own inner wisdom as you use your physical body in the practice of Kundalini Yoga.
The Gong and its benefits
The sound of a meditation gong induces a state of spontaneous meditation and relaxation, which facilitates the movement of chi or prana (positive life force) throughout the body. On a physical level, the vibrations eliminate tension, stimulate the circulation and glandular systems, and regenerate the parasympathetic nervous system. Listeners experience a sense of connectedness and peace. They are lulled from a Beta, or awake state, into a Theta, or lucid dream state; a state that allows our bodies to heal and rejuvenate. The sound waves gently clear blockages to restore inner harmony.
Other benefits include calming the mind and stopping internal dialogue; rebalancing the physical, emotional and spiritual bodies; and awakening higher states of consciousness that are conducive to healing and transformation. A gong bath lets your entire body relax, renew and rejuvenate. In turn, this leaves you feeling content, clear headed, energetic and optimistic.
One must be trained to use the gong, or he or she could inadvertently disrupt someone else’s energy filed or nervous system. All teachers who play the Gong in their classes at O’Shea Yoga have been properly trained.
“The purpose of Kundalini Yoga is transformation.” ~Yogi Bhajan