Where can I do Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini Yoga: the highway to the real you
“Sat Nam” is used in Kundalini Yoga like the usual “Om” and means: “True I”. And that's exactly what this style of yoga is all about - recognizing the real core behind all the conditioning, emotions and colored trains of thought.
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Kundalini is an ancient empirical science from North India. For thousands of years it was guarded like a valuable treasure by the local monasties. The yoga tradition was only accessible to very selected students and was passed on in secret from guru to student.
In 1969 a devout Sikh named Yogi Bhajan decided to reveal this good kept secret.
He foresaw that the world was about to change; that the flood of information would increase and the world would become more and more unbalanced. During this challenging time, people need tools with which they can counter external pressure. With the intention of imparting the sacred doctrine to as many people as possible, Yogi Bhajan traveled to California and began teaching.
>> Further down in the text you will find further information on the criticism of Yogi Bhajan
Many of his first students were hippies who quickly realized that this type of yoga made them feel as good as they did before only with drugs. To this day, Kundalini Yoga is known in the context of addictions, for example as a form of therapy to overcome drugs and depression.
What is Kundalini Yoga and Kundalini Energy?
In Kundalini a very specific source of power is awakened that slumbers in all of us: Kundalini energy. You could also call it the original, universal life force. When you awaken this energy in you, you can bring about quick and profound changes.
Your energy level then rises from zero to one hundred and thereby realigns your entire system so that you become more alert, more conscious, more astute and more intuitive. You gain a new quality of perception and learn to trust your inner compass more and more.
Technically, the yoga style opens your seven power centers, the chakras. The chakra system originally comes from the teaching of Tantra Yoga. You can imagine the chakras as small vortices of energy that are located at certain intervals along the spine. Each vortex vibrates at a certain frequency that either promotes or restricts our well-being.
The aim of Kundalini Yoga is to awaken the Kundalini energy, which slumbers like a snake in the area of the first chakra, the root chakra, and to let it rise up to the third eye.
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By opening and balancing the chakras, you reach the connection to a higher creative source of energy.
The activation of this energy is achieved through a sequence of breathing exercises, a fixed set of exercises on a specific topic, meditation and the chanting of mantras. In the original Kundalini teaching you will not find any asanas, i.e. postures.
Many Kundalini yoga exercises and meditations are very powerful on their own. Therefore you can integrate Kundalini Yoga into your everyday life, for example by doing a single Kriya (exercise or series of exercises) or meditation every morning.
If you practice Kundalini regularly, you will become more and more conscious. It's like shedding more and more layers of ego, pain, past and finally getting to know the real you, your Sat Nam. And because this can happen quite quickly, Yogi Bhajan often referred to this empirical science as the “highway” among the various yoga techniques.
What is the difference between Kundalini and Hatha Yoga?
Hatha Yoga is the oldest practice that also includes asanas. Kundalini tries to achieve enlightenment through energy work. In contrast to Hatha Yoga and the styles derived from it such as Anusara Yoga or Jivamukti Yoga, fixed exercise sets are practiced in Kundalini. Instead of flowing sun salutations, it can happen that you have to hold an exercise for up to eleven minutes. The sequence of the sets usually makes no sense to your logic brain unless you have studied the deeper science of the lymph glands, the nervous system and the energetic interplay between the two.
This is why Kundalini Yoga can be very amusing, for example when your teacher asks you to snore or pant like a dog. The nice thing about it: After a short time you have to give up your own ideas about yoga and indulge in practice. Otherwise it will become an ordeal for your ego.
The thanks are experiences and states that bring you a deep feeling of happiness. For us this yoga path is therefore the most effective way to get out of the head and into feeling.
Is Kundalini Yoga Dangerous?
This style of yoga includes very powerful exercises and the awakened energy can be so strong that it can overwhelm the untrained. As in all other yoga styles, you should first practice with experienced teachers in a safe environment.
How does a Kundalini yoga class work?
Each Kundalini class is dedicated to a specific topic, for example overcoming fear, stimulating digestion, sharpening intuition, opening the heart, etc. For this purpose there are fixed kriyas (exercise sets) noted by Yogi Bhajan, which are tailored to the perfect energetic effect cannot be changed.
A breathing exercise (pranayama) is usually practiced prior to kriya to open up to the experience. Depending on the kriya, warm-up exercises are done beforehand. After the physical exertion, meditation follows. Each Kundalini class ends with at least eight minutes of deep relaxation, which is integrated either before or after the meditation.
Who is Kundalini Yoga for?
This type of yoga is for you if your interest in the spiritual experience is greater than your desire for a defined body. The exercises can be physically very challenging, but the focus of this type of yoga is on the energetic changes.
Kundalini Yoga is often recommended for depression and addictions because it is supposed to strengthen the nervous system and bring the hormonal system into balance.
This kind of yoga helps us a lot when dark clouds appear in the sky and we lose our inner compass. Just one hour can cause a strong energetic change and give alertness and clarity.
So that you don't get frightened in your first Kundalini yoga class, here are a few more quirks.
Why do you wear white clothes during Kundalini Yoga?
You are likely to see many people dressed in white with turbans sitting on a sheepskin. In Kundali Yoga one traditionally dresses in white because this has a positive effect on the individual and collective energy field. We think that you can actually feel that and that's why we like to wear white or cream-colored clothing. But that is not a must. Dress the way you feel comfortable!
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Why do you wear a turban in Kundalini Yoga?
The turban has a tradition in Kundalini Yoga. It is a relic from the Sikh religion in which all men wear turbans. Yogi Bhajan said that he helped to hold the energy and stimulated certain acupuncture points. If you are very sensitive and quickly absorb moods from others, you are welcome to tie a cotton cloth around your head or wear a hat without synthetic fibers. Otherwise, you don't need to wear a turban just because others do.
Why do you sit on a sheepskin?
There are many seated exercises in Kundalini Yoga. That is why yogis have always put a sheepskin under them for the necessary warmth. Of course it doesn't have to be animal fur and in a well-heated yoga studio a blanket is sufficient as a base. If you want to practice Kundalini Yoga regularly, there are nice warming new wool mats. *
What is the criticism of Yogi Bhajan about?[Trigger warning of sexual violence] If the topic is too burdensome for you, we ask you not to read any further.
In spring 2020 it became known that Yogi Bhajan († 2004) had sexually assaulted some employees for years and abused his power against them. Pamela Dyson, his former secretary, went public with it for the first time in 2019. After that, other women shared from the inner circle the guru's stories.
The umbrella organization of Kundalini organizations, SSSC (Siri Singh Sahib Corporation), an independent investigation. In the report, four cases of rape, some cases of assault and accidental touch, are classified as likely. This term is used only because the report is not a legal report and therefore does not contain any court-approved statements.
The report also shows that Yogi Bhajan systematically put members of his organization under pressure and created an atmosphere of fear: he threatened to be excluded from the community if he resisted. This is called spiritual abuse and occurs in sect-like associations.
Yogi Bhajan has also arranged marriages within his organization. The children resulting from these marriages were often distant Boarding schools sent to India or Mexico, where they had to live in inhumane conditions. Many of them report serious physical abuse and even sexual abuse.
Further sources on the allegations of abuse:
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Do you want to practice Kundalini Yoga online? Then take a look at YogaEasy *! There you will find yoga videos with great Kundalini teachers of different lengths and levels. Via www.yogaeasy.de/flgh* you get a free trial month without the annoying automatic subscription renewal.
Books and DVDs
- Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa is one of the most famous Kundalini yoga teachers worldwide. In her book Die Eight Gaben des Menschen (The Eight Gifts of Man) she uses stories from everyday life to show what Kundalini Yoga does and gives you practical exercises that you can do alone at home.
- Maya Fiennes is a great Kundalini yoga teacher who will teach you the benefits of this practice in a down-to-earth way. We can recommend the book Yoga for Real Life - for everyone! *.
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