Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is a system of exercise and meditation that fully integrates the body, mind, and spirit. Its approach is simple yet powerful, sacred and meditative, moving and fun. It blends breathing, movement, stretching, meditation, chanting and relaxation according to the science of sequence. It mobilizes the creative force within us, making us shine and prosper, heal and transform.
Kundalini Yoga in the West - Yogi Bhajan and 3 HO
Kundalini yoga was a secret science taught only to a few selected students before it was brought by Yogi Bhajan from India to the USA in 1969, and 3 HO, the happy, healthy and holy Organization, was created. Since then, communities and charity projects have flourished, and thousands of Kundalini Yoga Teachers are trained all over the world. Kundalini Yoga affictionates come together for Winter and Summer solstice and the great European Yoga Festival to share growth and healing and practice White Tantric Yoga, a yearly cleansing practice of the Subconscious.
Kundalini yoga is the yoga of consciousness and we consider unconsciousness to be dangerous, not Kundalini Yoga. There are cases where people have had spontaneous kundalini awakenings with severe side effects, because their nervous systems, bodies and psyches were not prepared to hold these vibrations. These people were not practicing Kundalini Yoga, which is a safe way of raising little portions of energy and a rather subtle experience. If your body is wired for 100 volts you don't want to receive 1000 all of a sudden. We systematically train our mind and attune our body to hold higher frequencies of energy associated with Kundalini and consciousness energy with very simple exercises. The energy works subtlely in us, rather than being experienced as overwhelming.
A typical Kundalini Yoga class starts with a breathing exercise and/or spinal warm-ups and stretching, followed by a Kriya. A Kriya is a progression of exercises which work in concert to achieve a certain aim.Modifications are given for most exercises, so everyone can always participate to their best abilities. One Kriya might focus on strengthening spine, another on developing will-power, calming your mind, etc. Meditation and deep relaxation close the session. Whatever the focus, a Kundalini Kriya leaves practitioners energized and relaxed, focused and expansive, often all at the same time.