The process of growth through Kundalini Yoga is a natural unfolding of your own nature. The blocks to that growth are your attachments to the familiarity of the past, and your fear of the expanded Self. As you practice Kundalini Yoga you will grow. Like a snake you will need to shed old skins to be more of who you are.
Yoga means “union”. In union, there is no separation. Yogi Bhajan said that “Kundalini Yoga is the science to unite the finite with Infinity, and that it is the art to experience Infinity in the finite.” Kundalini comes from the Sanskrit word Kundal, which means coil or spiral. Kundalini is an energy that exists within every human at the base of the spine, which is often in a dormant state. Many describe Kundalini as the coil of the hair of the Beloved. In our practice we aim to awaken this dormant energy.
Kundalini Yoga is a dynamic and grounding practice designed to rekindle the inner fire and cleanse our body and mind. It teaches us to “let go”, detach from distractions and “just be”. We begin to feel free and peaceful, less reactive in stressful situations and more connected to our True Self.
Anyone can practice Kundalini Yoga. If you can breathe and move, it will benefit you. There is no need to be flexible or fit, in fact no previous experience of yoga required to achieve results in your very first class. Some postures require a degree of mobility and there are always adaptations to suit individual needs.
Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is considered the most comprehensive of all yoga traditions, combining meditation, mantra, physical exercises and breathing techniques (pranayama). It is a Raj Yoga, encompassing the eight limbs of yoga into a singular practice of excellence and ecstasy. Kundalini Yoga is also known as the Yoga of Awareness; its focus is on an awakening to the experience of your highest consciousness. By practicing Kundalini Yoga, we open to the full potential, recognize that we are aware, refine that awareness, and expand that awareness to our unlimited Self. The practice also helps to clear any inner duality, to create the power to deeply listen, to cultivate inner stillness and clarity of the mind, as well as helps us to prosper and deliver excellence in all that we do.
Spiritual Path for Modern Life
The technology of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is a science of the mind and body, to elevate the spirit, which has no boundaries, no discrimination. Therefore, it is for everyone, universal and non denominational. In the ancient tradition that is yoga, Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is a householder path; that is, it has always been practiced by those with families and jobs as opposed to a renouncing path of celibacy and removal from society, which used to be the usual path of a yogi.
ChananTej Kaur offers Kundalini Yoga classes and workshops at Blue Morpho Edinburgh and at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Portobello. Her classes serve students of all ages and abilities. A broad range of classes allows students to experience Kundalini Yoga’s multifaceted physical practice, spiritual roots, and many applications for healing. In addition to classic Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, specialty classes include gong baths, individual Kundalini Yoga sessions, individual gong healing as well as Counselling and Mindfulness sessions.