"Kundalini is a Universal archetype in the growth of the psyche, and the energy of energies within us." Ravi Singh
Introduction to Kundalini Yoga -
as it is taught by Yogi Bhajan by Ravi Singh Khalsa
All of us fantasize about what we'd like to do or be. In order to "make the fantasy real", we need some energy to work with. In the Yoga tradition, this creative catalyst, or energy of your highest potential, is called Kundalini. Some have called this "spirit rising", or the motivating, evolutionary force within us.
I'm sure at times you've experienced sudden inspiration, the ability to complete complicated tasks easily, or clear insights which give your life direction and meaning. Possibly you've played a tennis match beyond your normal capacity, written a beautiful poem in a seemingly effortless way; or for no discernible reason, felt a kind of exaltation in light of which your most pressing problems look small. These are all indicative of an experience which is a legacy guaranteed to each of us.
The key word here is experience. It's been said, "If you haven't experienced something it's not true." So, it's one thing to read endless books on philosophy, self-improvement, and spirituality; in fact this may constitute an important first step. The real results though, come to those who honestly work on themselves systematically and consciously.
What Kundalini Yoga offers is a technology which can help you be the best that you can be. Many of us who have been practicing these techniques have seen that if you get everything covered, by bringing health and balance to your body, mind and being, then you will be covered; the Universe will underwrite your efforts. In other words, things will fall into place for you.
Kundalini yoga is called the Yoga of Awareness. It helps you understand what you need to improve the quality of your life.
Also, Kundalini Yoga supplies the energy and focus to attain and maintain these things. The effects of Kundalini yoga vary somewhat with each practitioner, or more accurately each person will probably be aware of certain benefits given his / her needs and expectations.
Overall though, you can except the following through the consistent practice of Kundalini Yoga:
* Improved Functioning of All Bodily Systems - It's not easy to make a sale when your gastritis is flaring up. Kundalini Yoga, in conjunction with the appropriate lifestyle adjustments, will put your cardio-vascular, digestive, nervous, lymphatic, glandular, and all other systems in proper working order.
* Strength - Muscular development is a small part of what strength really is. True strength also entails endurance, flexibility, and will. Ultimately, strength is a steady mind build on faith in your own unlimited potential.
* Beauty - I've seen Kundalini Yoga transform many noon-descript bodies into sleek physiques. Beyond this though, your beauty is your radiance and the impression you leave in the hearts of the others. Kundalini Yoga is one of the only exercise systems that recognizes the importance of glandular balance in relation to physical and mental health. This has a direct bearing on your ability to look and feel great.
* A Consistent Sense of Well Being - This comes as a result of the increased energy and relaxation which Kundalini Yoga engenders, and from the process of self-discovery and confidence you feel when you pay attention to your inner life.
* Emotional Balance - This attribute helps you to be master of your life and not allow subjective mental states to cloud your ability to make clear decisions and act in accordance with your true values. * Heightened Sensory Awareness - The ability to touch, taste, feel, and see with sensitivity, and to put your perceptions into the framework of knowledge you can use.
* Enhanced Intuition - The so called "sixth-sense" is a gift we all possess. Kundalini Yoga works on your higher brain centers, and gives you the subtlety to compute the particular of any situation, to arrive at a set of certainties you can bet on.
* The Elimination of Negative Habit Paterns - Frequently we feel the need to compensate or self-destruct, due to a deep hurt or unresolved life issue. This can take the form of over-eating, drinking, drugs, and other indulgences. In the context of Kundalini Yoga there are specific techniques to help you to get to the bottom of what's bothering you. In my own experience, and in the lives of my students, many negative habit patterns just fall away as a result of a applied practice of Kundalini Yoga.
* Right Relationship - In our culture marriage and sexuality have lost their sacredness. In many instances "romance" simply perpetuates the particulars of a painful past. Kundalini Yoga can help you recognize and resolve your "hidden agendas".
* Creativity - Beyond artistic ability, creativity is a state of mind which allows you to be spontaneous, industrious, and expressive. Kundalini Yoga can help make everything you do a unique personal statement.
* A Heightened Spiritual Sense - Sometimes we feel like it's us against the world. Life seems to be nothing more than a never ending attempt to pay the bills, put food on the table, and keep our cars swathed in spark plugs.
Kundalini Yoga will imbue you with an expansive overview, to the extent that you begin to see of a vast and ordered framework which supports your every endeavor. I have included this list of the general benefits of Kundalini Yoga not only to wet your appetite, but to get you thinking along certain lines. You may never have considered that any exercise or self-help system could be so comprehensive or profound.
I cannot substantiate these claims a scientist, I can only say that time and again as a Teacher of Kundalini Yoga, I've seen people change their lives for the better, get well, and help others in turn. This is no accident. In the thousands of years in which Kundalini Yoga has been extant, it's been honed to meet the exigencies of life, for and by people just like us.
Source:"Kundalini Yoga for Body, Mind and Beyond" by Ravi Singh White Lion Press ISBN 0-9615707-1-7
"The process of self healing is the privilege of every human being. Self healing is not a miracle, nor is it a question of being able to do something that most people can't. Self healing is a process that occurs through the relationship between the physical and the infinite power of the soul. It is a contract, a union - that is the science of Kundalini Yoga." Yogi Bhajan
Kundalini, a sanskrit word meaning "curled up", is one of the mechanisms for concentrating the movement of ultrapotent Prana.
Tradition says that Kundalini resides coiled in an area called kanda at the base of the spine.
It awakens in one's life only infrequently, if at all; uncoiling naturally, it usually stirs gently, but might upsurge toward the brain like positive charges in a lightning bolt's return stroke.
Kundalini is the most powerful mechanism in the body because it is both energy and consciousness, according to personal communication from Gene Kieffer, director of the Kundalini Research Foundation.
It involves the entire nervous system and brain. Hence, Kundalini is in every person and can affect every aspect of a person's being.
Awakening of the kundalini is known as awakening the Holy Spirit (christianity), circulating the Micro-cosmic Orbit (Taoism & Chi Gong) , fire - gtumo (Tibetan Buddhism).
"Amid the swirling, confusing, unfocused energies of the modern world, there is a light, a calm and a healing in the center of All things."
"You have a right to be healthy, happy and holy. It is your birthright." Yogi Bhajan
Kundalini Yoga is a potent and effective system of self-transformation and personal development. Kundalini Yoga stimulates individual growth through systematic techniques that strengthen the nervous system and balance the glandular system (the guardians of health), for increased stability and vitality. Meditation improves mental concentration, sharpens awareness and give the direct experience of consciousness. Kundalini Yoga encompasses and draws from all yogic systems and techniques.
3HO Foundation (Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization)
Founded by Yogi Bhajan in 1969, the 3HO Foundation revolves around the simple belief that to be healthy, happy and holy is the essence of a fulfilled life. A non-profit organization, 3HO is dedicated to the advancement of the individual through education, science and religion. So effective and influential has the 3HO Foundation become, that in May of 1994, it was recognized by the United Nations as a Non-Governmental Organization. Since then, Yogi Bhajan's wife, Bibi Inderjit Kaur, Ph.D., and other 3HO Representatives have attended and made presentations at numerous UN sponsored forums, conferences and functions.
Today, 3HO operates more than 300 centers in 35 countries.
Enhancing your experience of a Kundalini Yoga session: Take a shower before, especially in the morning. Wear loose cotton clothing (white recommended) & head covering for meditation. Sit on something like a blanket, large towel, or sheepskin. Bring a shawl or blanket to cover yourself during relaxation and meditation. Drugs [including coffee, alcohol & tobacco] as well as high protein (meat) diet go against the aims of yoga. Taking Care of your body Be sure there is no medical reason why you should not do the yoga. Do not eat for 2 to 3 hrs before - its OK to drink herb tea or water. Elder people and those with high blood pressure will naturally be advised to do all the exercises more slowly. When menstruating women should not do inverted postures, double leg lifting, strong breathing or anything that puts a strain on the abdomen. If you have any back problems let your teacher know and learn to adjust the exercises accordingly. For meditation Mantras are an important aid to meditation helping to cleanse the subconscious mind as well as releasing new resources of consciousness. The rhythmic breathing and alternative thought form of the mantras serve to interrupt our usual patterns and create opportunities for the intuition to function and have more influence, bringing clarity to our lives. Keep the spine straight and the chin in and back - straightening the neck Become conscious of the breath possibly linking it to a mantra Prepare by inhaling white light & clear energy, exhaling toxins and tensions Be aware of the hands - their position or movement - mudra Eyes - imagine a helpful but simple image; circle and dot, candle flame, cross, etc. Eyes - focus in and down to root of nose or third eye (between brows) Thoughts - don't attach, suppress, run from or otherwise make thoughts important, just allow them Tongue - if not chanting press lightly to upper palate -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The information presented here is intended for general knowledge not medical advice. The benefits attributed to Kundalini Yoga come from centuries of Yogic Tradition
Words from the Master Yogi Bhajan, Master of Hatha, Kundalini and White Tantric yoga, shared many special messages with us. I want to share some of his words with you. Here are a few paraphrased quotes from my notes.
(1) "Let God work. Watch God work. Understand the play of God. Give God a chance. This life was given to you as a gift. Let God take you on this journey."
(2) "Doubt and duality are the main causes of disaster.. We forget that God is with us"
( 3) "We need mental security. Our intuition is our security. If we seek the satisfaction of our ego, our third eye (seat of our intuition) will not open up. If we give up our ego, the vacuum is filled with our intuition and we are uplifted..It is easy to access our intuition when our chakras are open."
(4) "We are in the cusp (transition) to the Aquarian Age, which will begin in 2012. Until then, do your best, enjoy your life, have faith and let God take care of your life."
(1) Good ideas! How do I do that?! Kundalini Yoga is one of the spiritual disciplines developed by saints and sages to accomplish these goals.
(2) I couldn't agree more. Help! How can I remember? Patience. We are getting to that part
(3) Ego is one of those misunderstood words with many meanings. Defined as our conscious awareness, an ego is necessary to think, operate, make decisions and take action in this world. The problem is that we usually operate from a "limited ego" and narrow view of ourselves and the world. It is this "false ego" that we are trying to give up or transcend. An important task of our "aware ego" is to train ourselves to listen to our intuition, instead of reacting to random thoughts that are set off by our wounded emotions and inappropriate training. We need our "aware ego" to tune into God and join forces. As we do so, we experience "My will is God's will." And "God in me, me in God are One."
(4) "God" also has so many meanings and is a very misunderstood concept. A spiritual path is about experiencing the reality of this concept. Yogi Bhajan always tells us that our biggest problem is that we think God is outside ourselves. The purpose of a spiritual practice is to experience God within our own being and to connect our individual psyche with the universal psyche. (one definition of God) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Silence and Intuition
Silence is core to all spiritual practices. The Buddhists are masters of silence. Or at least they recognize its value and practice the discipline. One must be silent to "hear" God. Practicing silence is recommended at Solstice. Silence used to be required. Now it is optional. Many people chose and were actually able to observe this sacred discipline. The experience is definitely more effective when we observe silence. When we are silent, our attention turns inward. We are able to identify and stop relating to what is called "excess personality" or "externalized ego". We begin relating to our Essential Self or Soul. It is our Essential Self that accesses our intuition and finds God within. The full effects of the White Tantric Course take effect 40 days after the event. The 40th day will be August 3rd. I thought we might tap some of this energy by practicing a silent meditation. Mercury being retrograde (July 12th -August 4th) also facilitates our inner journey. During Mercury retrograde (which happens 3 times a year for a little over 3 weeks each time) the mind loses some of its grip. It is easier to release thoughts, be still, meditate and be in the heart.
The Art of Silence - A Silent Meditation for 40 Days
In the yogic tradition, meditations practiced for a certain number of days have a certain effect. Forty days is the minimum to break a habit and set the stage for an internal shift. One student asked me once-"Forty days in a row?!" The whole class laughed. Yes, forty days in a row! And if that seems like a long time, in the past many spiritual masters have taken 40 years to achieve enlightenment. I imagine that all of us on the KYList have done that path in other lifetimes. This lifetime, we are attempting to get quicker results, so that we can enjoy peace and happiness in this lifetime. Let's get started. Here is a simple mindful meditation to practice for the next 40 days. Actually silent, mindful meditation is our first, last and ongoing lesson. We will use this meditation as a touchstone overtime to review our progress and assess our goal of achieving inner peace, contentment and a richer, fuller life. Part One. Everyday be silent and practice listening within. Morning before sunrise is the best time. Or at least morning before you start your work day. Simply sit quietly and observe your thoughts, be with your breath and feel the sensations in your body. Gently and silently be with yourself. The optimal time is 22 or 31 minutes. If you don't have that much time, 11 minutes is also an effective yogic time for meditation.
Part Two. During the day, practice listening to yourself before you interact with others. Do your best to get your own answers before seeking advise. Process your own thoughts and feelings before sharing them with others. Share only those thoughts and feelings that inform and inspire others. Do not dump your emotions on others as a way to avoid processing them yourself. Keep your own personal issues and process to yourself. (Unless you are working with a counselor or therapy group.)
Part Three. Once a week practice silence with a partner or with a group of friends. Observing silence, go for a walk together, be together at home, eat a meal together or partake in another activity. Agree on the process beforehand, so you can relax and enjoy the experience. Have a notepad handy in case the need to communicate arises. You might also want to check out silent Buddhist evening and day meditations or week retreats.
The above practice makes us aware of how much we turn our attention outward and look for cues outside ourselves. We realize how much we say that is unnecessary and a waste of energy. We start to see how much we try to fill in "empty" spaces to feel comfortable or make the other person feel comfortable so we will feel comfortable.
We find our intuition and "hear God" in the open spaces of our minds. I am always reminded that I have to listen to myself, if I want to hear my intuition. It is not that our intuition is not working. It is dormant through inactivity or is buried by all our mental noise. We are not listening, trusting and following our intuition. When we don't listen to our intuition, our Soul screams at us in other ways-accidents, stress, fear, anger. (You must have noticed! :+))
Gururattan Kaur Khalsa, Ph.D. "Solstice" Copyright © 1999 Gururattan Kaur Khalsa, Ph.D.
THE EIGHT STEPS OF KUNDALINI YOGA
l. Observances and abstinences
7. Direct evidence
8. Thoughtless identification
For Books on Micro Cosmic Orbit, Inner Smile see Mantak Chia -
A Chakra & Kundalini Workbook : Psycho-Spiritual Techniques for Health, Rejuvenation, Psychic Powers and Spiritual Realization by Jonn Mumford (Yoga workbook) (UK / US )
Kundalini and the Chakras : A Practical Manual-Evolution in This Lifetime Genevieve Lewis Paulson (UK / US)
Kundalini Yoga for Body, Mind, & Beyond - The Best Yoga Manual Around - Here's the "how to" book with inner & outer workouts for energy, excellence, and ecstasy. Chapters include: Flexible & Free, O My Healthy Back, The Inside Story, & More. 224 pp. Beautifully illustrated. Ravi Singh has done a great job translating this ancient technology into a modern framework. This book features large easy to follow drawings & a spiral binding which allows the book to stay open during your workout. Now available in Spanish! ISBN#0-9615707-1-7 Our Price : $17.95 http://www.raviyoga.com/store/books.html
Superconscious Meditation : Kundalini and the Understanding of the Whole Mind by Daniel R. Condron School of Metaphysics Paperback (UK / US)
The Psychology of Kundalini Yoga by C. G. Jung, Sonu Shamdasani (Editor) Princeton University Press Hardcover (UK / US)
Awakening Kundalini Chris Kilham, Audio Cassette, (UK / US)
Kundalini : Energy of Awakening, Audio Cassette, Dileepji Pathak (UK / US)
In Search of the Miraculous Vol 1: Kundalini Yoga Osho (UK / US)
Kundalini : The Mother Power Sri Chinmoy (UK / US)
Living with Kundalini, Gopi Krishna (UK / US)
Spiritual Growth : Being Your Higher Self (Earth Life Book Iii) Sanaya Roman (UK / US)
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