The Yoga of Awareness
Kundalini Yoga & Meditation
Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of “awareness,” and was brought to the West in the 1960’s by Yogi Bhajan who describes it as “the creative power of the human being”. Through a combination of pranayama (breathing techniques), kriyas (sets of exercises), meditation, and mantra, Kundalini yoga helps its practitioners make the full mind, body and soul connection. It is a science, a true technology, that gives us the tools to deal with the stresses of modern time. Not only does it help with physical, core strength, but it also teaches us how to remain centered, calm and allows us to create a neutral mind. It allows for the alleviation of blocks that may be holding us back from living a healthy, happy, & spiritual life. Kundalini yoga is “the fastest way to establish an aligned relationship between the mind, body, and soul.”
My classes are fun, energetic, joyful and open to people of all ages, abilities, backgrounds, and beliefs. In them, we let go of our ego and open our hearts, together.
What is Kundalini Energy?
Kundalini energy resides at the base of the spine, it is primal energy or Shakti. It can be visualized as a coil at the base of the spine, spiraling in 3 1/2 circles in the root chakra. Kundal literally means “curl of the hair of the beloved”. We use combinations of pranic breathing exercises, meditation, mantra, and kriyas to awaken the Kundalini energy and as it “rises” we achieve greater awareness, enlightenment, and bliss. Practicing Kundalini yoga helps us work through physical and emotional blocks which when cleared can help activate our Kundalini energy resulting in a deeper connection with our true self and the infinite.
How Does Kundalini Yoga Compare to Other Types of Yoga?
Kundalini yoga is a universal discipline, accessible to all people, regardless of age or physical ability. Unlike other forms of yoga which focus primarily on the physical, Kundalini yoga is science which aims to interconnect mind, body, and soul by using all of the key, ancient yogic techniques. It incorporates many others forms of yoga, such as Hatha, but focuses on bringing out the greatest potential of any individual by raising their awareness using all eight of Patanjali’s limbs. With Kundalini, you get the full yogic experience, plus – the benefits can be felt immediately. It is a spiritual and devotional practice but open to all religions and faith and is the perfect combination of all facets of yoga that can not only help awaken a practitioner to their own truth but also lead them to the infinite.
Even if Kundalini yoga isn’t your primary practice, I believe you will find it a great addition to your regular yoga or physical exercise experience. Learning Kundalini pranayama techniques or mantra meditation is a great way to “bookend” your workouts or to simply give you tools for a beautiful daily meditation.
What is Pranayama?
Kundalini yoga incorporates a wide variety of pranayama or breathing exercises and techniques. We use the breath “to effect and manage different states of consciousness, relaxation and well being”. This can range from long deep breathing, the breath of fire, lions breath, alternate nostril and segmented breathing all of which can achieve different results depending on the class focus. Pranayama can be used at the start of class to cleanse practitioners of daily stresses and help them ground themselves before the kriyas or as a part of meditation to raise awareness and achieve higher levels of consciousness.
What is Mantra?
The formal definition of mantra is the “creative projection of the mind, through sound.” Mantras are essentially simple formulas that alter the patterns of the mind and the chemistry of the brain, according to physical and metaphysical laws. To put this more simply, everything in the universe vibrates through light, energy, and sound. In Kundalini yoga we chant ancient mantras because of the effect it has on our minds, channeling and controlling our thoughts and emotions. In many ways, chanting is not singing, it is vibrating!
How Does Mantra Work?
Let’s break it down. Each of us has a total of 84 meridian points on our upper palate. When these points are struck with the tongue while chanting, a sound vibration is created. In turn, these pulses are transmitted to the hypothalamus, the part of our brain that regulates the chemical messages going to the brain and body. Chanting particular sounds or combinations of sounds allows you to tune into different levels of consciousness and ultimately into achieving a state of Anahat, defined as the “infinite unstuck sound” or “unstuck melody.” Simply, naad yoga is the essence of sound and we chant mantra because the vibrations create chemical responses in our brain which help clear our consciousness, quiet the ego and awakening us to our own truth and connection to the infinite.
-Ek ong kar sat nam siri wahe guru
-Guru guru wahe guru guru ram das guru
-God and me me and god are one
Sound is one of our greatest teachers. Using ancient mantra, we are working to initiate and guide the kundalini energy to help quiet our ego and calm the subconscious mind. These mantras are for everyone and they help to activate the Nadi’s which create chemical reactions in the brain so that the kundalini energy can work to help clear the consciousness, to raise our awareness and ultimately to connect to the infinite. The ultimate state is referred to as anahat and is achieved when our nervous system vibrates the mantra effortlessly, indicating a constant state of flow with the infinite! To learn more about sound healing with the gong follow this link.
Kundalini Workshops and Classes
Devi Kirn, brings you Kundalini classes, workshops, retreats, sadhana and promoting a safe eco friendly environment where students can develop a meaningful yogic practice and a yogic lifestyle. What began as a small group of like minded souls has grown into a spiritual community now serving the community in the Niagara Region, St. Catharines, Thorold, Welland, Niagara Falls, Niagara on the Lake, Hamilton.
Sadhana simply means "spiritual practice". We come together, we meditate, we chant mantras, we do the exercises, we regulate our breath, and we meet in-group consciousness because it helps each of us. It is a practice that resets our cycles and patterns to the rhythm of our ultimate destiny. There is no charge to attend - this is your gift to yourself.
Five Sutras for the Aquarian Age
1. Recognize that the other person is you.
2. There is a way through every block.
3. When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off.
4. Understand through compassion or you will misunderstand the times.
5. Vibrate the Cosmos. The Cosmos shall clear the path.
sutra = a precept summarizing a series of teachings.
Who is Yogi Bhajan?
Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji (1929-2004) was born in what is now Pakistan and came to North America in the late sixties. He was soon known as Yogi Bhajan. He recognized a genuine quest in the youth of the sixties and seventies who were trying to find liberation in drugs and alternative ways of living. He chose to introduce them to Kundalini Yoga as a much better path to attain a greater sense of awareness.
An enlightened being, and beloved teacher, Yogi Bhajan began to practice yoga at the age of 8, and was most inspired by this teacher Sant Hazara Singh. Yogi Bhajan was proclaimed the Master of Kundalini Yoga at the age of 16 and in 1971 after his arrival he became the Mahan Tantric (Master of White Tantric Yoga).
His motto "If you can't see God in all, you can't see God at all" animates his students who want to share the techniques he passed on to them so that more people find meaning in their lives and a true sense of purpose.
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