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About Kundalini Yoga

About Kundalini Yoga 2017-05-25T12:13:11+00:00

We are all born with the innate capacity to both master and accept our circumstances.

The word Kundalini literally means “the curl of the lock of hair of the beloved”. It is a metaphor, a poetic way to describe the flow of energy and consciousness which already exists within each of us. It is our dormant potential, the power of our soul. We are all born with the innate capacity to both master and accept our circumstances.

Kundalini Yoga is a practice by which we can remove the body blocks that prevent the smooth flow of energy and circulation of the body; transform stress and our emotional and mental burdens and raise our consciousness, transforming our awareness and vigour into constructive energy. With the combination of asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing), mantra (sound) and meditation and with binding these together with our Will we can unleash our inner confidence, embrace life and accomplish our goals whilst staying in touch with our spirit.

Kundalini Yoga encourages an attitude of the east – experience and apply the techniques to gain an understanding rather than, as we are inclined to do, yearn for knowledge and understand the practice with our intellect.

“Tomorrow will take care of itself, and yesterday has already gone. The time is now! There is no initiation, no one to carry you across; you must stand on your own two lotus feet.” – Yogi Bhajan

Mantra is woven through the practice of Kundalini Yoga

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“Chanting mantras, either silently or out loud, is a conscious method of controlling and directing the mind. Happiness, sorrow, joy, and regret are vibratory frequencies in the mind. Call them attitudes, or beliefs, but fundamentally, they are vibratory frequencies or thought waves. They determine the kind of program our mind plays.

The scenario we choose becomes our vibration, defines how we feel and what we project to others. We can exercise our right to choose at any time. We are creating with every word we speak, and even with every word we think. When we chant a mantra we are choosing to invoke the positive power contained in those particular syllables. Whether it’s for prosperity, peace of mind, increasing intuition, or any of the other multitude of possible benefits inherent in mantras, simply by chanting them we are setting vibrations into motion that shall have an effect. It doesn’t actually matter if we understand the meaning of the sounds or not.” Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa

Commonly used Mantras at Kundalini House >

Why do Kundalini Yogis wear white and do I have to?

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The colours you wear and surround yourself with can affect our consciousness. White light is made up of all the colours of the rainbow so Yogi Bhajan taught us that by wearing white we can have a subtle impact on our consciousness. Yogi Bhajan says, “We ask you to wear white so that you will reflect what is outside and go within yourself—that’s what white clothes can do for you.”

I think all kundalini yogi’s will agree that to wear white you need to live quite mindfully… because it’s so damned easy to dirty your whites! So it’s a practice in itself.

And no, you don’t need to wear white – but try it out! You may feel the impact for yourself!

More info on wearing whites >

Why do Kundalini Yogis wear head coverings?

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Kundalini yogi’s see yoga as a science and wearing a head covering, white or light in colour and in natural fabrics is included in that category. You’ll probably notice the difference when you try it, but why we wear a head covering, such as a turban, is because it creates a certain effect.

  • It creates a sense of containment and focus, especially with a turban which creates a gentle pressure to the cranial bones and focuses the energy to the brow;
  • It can be very grounding and help you in meditation;
  • Yogi Bhajan says “During your practice, be sure to cover your head with a non-static, natural cloth like cotton, and keep the hair up. The hair regulates the inflow of sun energy into the body system. To let the solar energy flow without obstruction, let the hair grow to its full natural length, and take good care of it. If this is done, the amount of energy that goes downward from the Seventh Chakra increases tremendously.”

And again – it is entirely up to you if you choose to wear a head covering.

Some background on Kundalini Yoga

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Kundalini Yoga is taken from the Sikh Indian tradition. Until 1969, Yogis preserved and carefully guarded the teachings of Kundalini Yoga, which had been selectively passed down verbally from Master to chosen disciple for thousands of years. Yogi Bhajan introduced this practice to the west, challenging the age-old tradition of secrecy. His intention was to create teachers so they could pass on the science of Kundalini Yoga to combat the fast growing 21st century dis-eases.

You may see reference to the Sikh religion in Kundalini Yoga but it is up to you if you would like to connect with it. You decide what works for you in your own personal practice.

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