Q. What is Kundalini Yoga?
A. Kundalini Yoga - as taught by Yogi Bhajan - is a spiritual technology suited for our times and for future generations. Its origin is an ancient art and science that has been practiced and lived exclusively by devoted masters in India and Tibet, who have honored and refined it for many generations.
It has been secretly kept until Yogi Bhajan has started teaching it openly in the late 60’s, with a great talent that has enabledthis vast wisdom to be adopted for the western mind to grasp, and to be used by householders, busy in the world, to create immediate positive effect.
The technology of Kundalini Yoga applies posture, pranaym (breath exercises), bandhas (body locks), mudras (hands and fingers positions) and mantra (sound patterns) that are practiced in rhythmic repetition to awaken the latent potential that is known as Kundalini - the dormant power which is symbolized coiled like a snake at the base of the spine.
All yoga aims at the same goal – the awakening of the Kundalini.When awakened, this potent creative potential arises to re-unite with universal energy, empowering the individual with great awareness and abilities.
The essence of Kundalini Energy and the Technology of Kundalini Yoga can be understood in the language of science - the glandular system and the nervous system, as they come into greater balance and harmony, functioning as an inner pharmacy which allows deep purification, healing, and elevation of consciousness –
and through the language of the mystics who speak in a mythic language describing the flow of subtle energy through the Nadis, and the transcendence experience of body mind and soul, as the Kundalini serpent rises through the Chakras.
In the past one had to go on a journey that included all kinds of initiations before one could have access this knowledge. Today you can practice it everywhere.
It is offered to you here with a push of a button.
No previous experience in yoga or related disciplines is required for you to begin practicing, and to enjoy the benefits. It is a matter of Self-Initiation. The beauty of Kundalini Yoga is that it is a simple and accurate technology. All you need to do is follow the instructions, keep the rhythm and stay focused, to allow the natural potential of healing and expansion to manifest. And then have the commitment to keep up with the practice, not as an escape strategy but as a tool for transformation.
Q. Who is Yogi Bhajan?
A. Yogi Bhajan was a Master of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, a spiritual teacher and a leader.
He was Born in August 1929 in the district of Gujaranwala, India (now Pakistan).
Yogi Bhajan has arrived in the United States in 1968, bringing to the West a treasury of wisdom from the ancient yogic tradition.
Yogi Bhajan was active on many fields. Being the Siri Singh Sahib, the chief religious and administrative authority of Sikh Dharma of the Western Hemisphere, Yogi Bhajan put forward a standard of spirituality, that has inspired both Sikhs and non-Sikhs.
He has taught, guided and inspired people from all over the world, to live in their excellence. He has always said that he has not come to collect students, but to create the teachers of tomorrow.
He introduced these teachings as a spiritual technology that is suitable for our times, and can be used to heal, uplift and inspire.
Towards the turn of the millennium, Yogi Bhajan has emphasized the value of these teachings at times in which humanity is facing a great transition, which involves very particular challenges such as information overload, hipper sensitivity, and ‘cold depression’. Yogi Bhajan has shared his vision for a new age of consciousness, the Age of the Self-Sensory Human, the next step into an elevated stage of collective evolution.
The Self- Sensory Human has a meditative capacity which allows her/him to live beyond the normal reliance on the five senses alone, Anchored in the Self - beyond the identification with emotionality, possessions, and circumstances.
Yogi Bhajan passed away on October 6th 2004, in Espanola, New-Mexico, USA.
Q. What is a mantra?
A. In Sanskrit, ‘man’ means mind, ‘tra(ng)’ means wave. A mantra is a sonic formula that helps to control and direct the waves of the mind.When repeated with reverence, in the right rhythm and pronunciation – the tongue moves on the upper palate, like pressings a keyboard, as it touches specific meridian points which stimulates the higher glands; hypothalamus, pituitary and pineal.This has the potential to bring the nervous system and the immune system into an improved, balanced state, contributing to increased vitality, clarity of mind, and calmness of heart.