What is Kundalini Yoga?

Ufton2Ufton4Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, is a comprehensive form of Yoga, combining mantra (sound), pranayama (breath), asana (posture) and meditation. It is a very powerful practice, and is known as the Yoga of Awareness.

The word “kundalini” is literally translated as ”the curl of the lock of hair of the beloved”: a poetic metaphor that alludes to the flow of energy that lies within each of us and enables us to merge (or “yoke”) our individual consciousness with the universal consciousness.

Kundalini is described in the Upanishads, which were composed in the fifth century BC, but the oral tradition probably predates that by thousands of years.

These particular Kundalini teachings were brought to the Western world by Yogi Bhajan in 1969. This sacred science gives us a practical toolkit for a life of happiness, prosperity and courage.

How is it different from other forms of Yoga?

In Kundalini Yoga, as in all forms of Yoga, we are aiming to bring our body, mind and spirit into harmony, and to fuse our individual consciousness with the universal consciousness. Anyone who has practiced another form of Yoga may feel that Kundalini Yoga is a more spiritual practice, as it includes more chanting and devotional music than most other forms.

The other most obvious difference is that the Kundalini teaching style is “hands off”: we do not adjust students during their practice other than by giving verbal recommendations. This is because the student is in a meditative state which we do not wish to interrupt; their practice is personal to them and their own journey. However the particular practice chosen will be appropriate to the experience of the students in the class, and the teacher will observe the class closely at all times. Appropriate verbal instructions will be given if anyone is doing an exercise incorrectly.

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