What is Kundalini Yoga?

"Kundalini Yoga is the science to unite the finite with Infinity, and it's the art to experience Infinity in the finite." - Yogi Bhajan, 10/27/88

Today we will be sharing the personal story of Vanya Hughes on her journey of transformation with Kundalini Yoga and what exactly Kundalini Yoga is.

" Hello Beautiful people,

We all experience life and we all experience it differently. Sometimes we let life happen to us, sometimes we struggle to get stuff, we don’t know if we really need, sometimes we resist what is happening to us… This was exactly my life.

Because of all this lack of balance and harmony, our physical body is affected, our nervous system is weak and we experience depression. Communicating with our friends and family becomes difficult. That was how I was experiencing life when Kundalini yoga entered my life.

I decided to give it a try like I did with all the other therapies I tried before, but once I started practicing Kundalini yoga, I knew I wasn’t going to stop...This was part of my life.

We might feel that we're moving forward one day and the next we feel we're moving back again. It shows that while we're going through darkness, we're always connected to our light and that in our light, we must not forget about our darkness. Life moves in infinite cycles in which nothing is absolute and everything changes.

I opened myself to the idea that the trauma is not part of “who I am”, I don’t need it and I don’t have to keep it. With Kundalini yoga I also learned that I don’t have to do anything to get rid of it. I just do my practice, I do the Kriya, I chant the mantra, I breath and I relax, that is normally how the class will go. The healing happens on a subconscious and cellular level, it happens within my energy field and not to my cognitive mind.

The first healing I noticed was actually on a physical level. The lower back pain I had for years, went away and I didn’t suffer any colds or flu either.

The physical pain was gone, and that wasn’t where the healing stopped. I noticed I started to feel more like myself. I became more confident, I felt I was really valuable.

The more I learn about Kundalini, and what is actually happening when we do a Kriya, the more I begin to understand that this healing is happening in ways we can’t even understand, and the good thing is we don’t need to.

Trauma imprints itself into our bodies, and into our souls in ways that talk therapy can’t always help to release it. We carry in our DNA traumas that have happened generations before we were even here. We have no idea why we even carry some of the hurt that is inside of us.

Walking our paths in this lifetime can sometimes feel like a roller coaster. Stuck in duality, we are forced to experience sadness so that we can know joy, pain so we can understand pleasure, separation so that we long for connection." Vanya Hughes

What is Kundalini energy and Kundalini yoga?

The power of this yoga comes from the KUNDALINI / Sanskrit for “coiled serpent” / an enormous reserve of untapped potential within each of us, located around the sacrum at the base of the spine.

Kundalini Yoga is the Yoga of awareness. It makes you more aware of your physical and mental bodies. This is done through chanting mantras, pranayama, meditation, and yoga asanas.

If you believe in such things, the Kundalini is said to be a life force that is coiled at the base of the spine like a snake.

Kundalini yoga can awaken it. Your energy body (again, if you believe in such things) consists of energy channels known as Nadis, which are small channels that move energy.

There are seven pools of energy known as chakras that exist at the base of the spine, the genitals, just below the navel, the centre of the chest, the back of the throat, the centre of the forehead, and the top of the head. The central Nadi, the Sushumna, connects all the chakras together. When the Kundalini awakens, it travels up the Sushumna to the top of the head.

So basically Kundalini yoga prepares your body for a Kundalini awakening.

"We are entering the Age of Aquarius. It will be a new time. The entire psyche is changing. Many people will not cross this cusp. You must purify the mind, body, and soul to be real, innocent, and sattvic. Elevate to be angelic." -- Yogi Bhajan

As we are struggling with the times, it’s easy to lose track of the bigger picture. The mind wants to label every experience and add judgments and conclusions to what we are going through. It is exactly these times that we are called to remember who we really are.

By using proven Kundalini techniques to gradually awaken the coiled serpent and safely deploy its amazing beneficial powers, your life will be transformed into one of health, happiness and harmony. You will enjoy an elevation in consciousness, promotion of physical well-being and an expansion of awareness. You will feel more relaxed and at ease with yourself than you have ever felt before.

This technology precisely and consciously combines breath, mudra, eye -focus, body locks and postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity and purify the blood, It brings balance to the body, mind and soul.

Many people who practice Kundalini yoga claim to experience a Kundalini awakening, which is described as when the life force energy inside you rises from the base of the spine. You know you're having a Kundalini awakening when you have increased energy, vitality, clarity of mind, and greater awareness. This feeling allows you to focus on opportunities in life, instead of the problems standing in your way.

In general, you can feel a sense of lightness within, and you will notice your mind is clearer and you don't have as many thoughts and chatter running through it.

There are some classic poses and chants your teacher will likely guide you through. Before starting Kundalini yoga class, we chant, 'Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo’, which roughly translates to 'I bow to the subtle wisdom, the divine teacher within’. This helps you set an intention for each practice and puts you in the right mindset before you run through the Kriyas. Part of Kundalini Yoga could be Gong meditation. This is a sacred sound for healing, the sounds that come out of the gongs are difficult for the human brain to follow and you will most likely drift into a deep meditative state. But what gives the practice great intensity is the powerful use of breath, as well as the length of time that each pose is held and full relaxation after all.

Kundalini yoga is Yoga Of Awareness, yoga for householders, for people who have to cope with the daily challenges and stresses of having jobs, raising families and managing businesses. It is a path for everyone who wants the energy and skills to cope successfully with the challenges of the new times.

This wild and weird style of yoga that asks us to do the most unusual things and pulls us out of our comfort zones, by dancing around, or singing mantras while holding some strange pose, definitely works.

“In Kundalini Yoga the most important thing is your experience. It goes right to your heart. No words can replace your experience. Your mind may accept the words or it may not, but you consciousness will not accept words” Yogi Bhajan

“ There is nothing which can be more precious in you than your own relationship with your own consciousness “ - Yogi Bhajan

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