Friday, December 30, 2011

What is Kundalini Yoga?...

If you've been reading this blog for a while, then you have undoubtedly heard me mention Kundalini yoga. Kundalini yoga is my yoga of choice. It makes me feel more relaxed and gives me more energy than any other form of yoga that I have tried.

In a few days I will be posting a video made specifically for the Finding My Way OM family from a real yogi (Yogi Brent) from Los Angeles. I'm really excited to bring this to you because I think he has an amazing teaching style and a kindness about him that just jumps off the screen. I know you're going to love him!

I want to give you a little history lesson on Kundalini before the video because for some of you who have never been exposed to Kundalini- it can seem well, kind of.. strange! Honestly, I do it and sometimes it feels kind of strange to me! But once you understand the reasoning behind some of the poses/breathing/chanting you'll feel better about it. And once you experience the energy you feel after practicing it you'll realize that it far outweighs any strange looks you'll get from your family while you're walking around holding onto your ankles (yes- that's a real pose).

I love the description of Kundalini yoga from The Awareness Center in Passadena, CA:

Kundalini yoga is considered the most comprehensive system of yoga as it combines meditation, prayer, asana (physical postures), and pranayama (breathing exercises). “Kundalini” literally means “the curl of the lock of hair of the beloved.” This poetic metaphor refers to the flow of energy and consciousness that exists within each of us, enabling us to merge with the Universal Self. Yoga, literally translated as “divine union”, happens when the individual and universal consciousness are merged. The Upanishads, the sacred scriptures of Hinduism that date back to the fifth century B.C., provided a written description of Kundalini, although the oral tradition dates back even further. For thousands of years, this sacred science and technology was veiled in secrecy, passed along in the oral tradition from master to chosen disciple."

"Kundalini Yoga was never taught publicly until Yogi Bhajan, Ph. D. challenged the age-old tradition of secrecy. In his compassionate wisdom, Yogi Bhajan brought Kundalini Yoga to the United States in 1969. Since then, it has spread all over the world. He wrote, “I am sharing these teachings to create a science of the total self…It is the birthright of every human being to be healthy, happy and holy.” The master of Kundalini Yoga, and head of the Sikh faith for the Western Hemisphere, Yogi Bhajan also founded 3HO (The Healthy, Happy, and Holy Organization), a worldwide non-profit foundation that offers classes in Kundalini Yoga, meditation, vegetarian nutrition, and healthy life choices."

Kundalini Yoga was designed for the householder: those who live in the world, who have families and jobs, and who want to balance the inner and outer world. Kundalini Yoga fits the busy lives that most of us lead. It is effective, efficient and easy. People who practice Kundalini Yoga say they can feel changes in the body and psyche within a few minutes, and experience even deeper changes through regular practice. Although it can be practiced religiously each day, yoga is not a religion. A more accurate description of yoga would be to say that it is an ancient science."

More about Kundalini tomorrow...


  1. very interesting, I am now looking forward to your post of yogi Brent! I love the breathing, I think it is soooo key and am currently looking for an on demand or video yoga that does the physical positions and the breathing...

  2. Kundalini might just be the right yoga for you too Sandy! I think Yoga Brent will be up on Monday.