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martedì, marzo 28, 2006

An Introduction to Kundalini Yoga

What is Kundalini Yoga?

Kundalini Yoga is one of the most comprehensive, effective, safe, and healthiest forms of yoga. Kundalini Yoga can produce immediate results as you travel on your path to consciousness. It balances the glandular system, strengthens the nervous system, expands the lung capacity, and purifies the bloodstream. It brings balance to the body, mind and soul. It trains your mind to think positively and be in control of your thoughts and attitudes. It builds your inner strength
and self- awareness to its maximum, assisting you in reaching your highest potential.
Kundalini Yoga has existed for thousands of years. In India its teaching was restrictive and was maintained as a secret oral tradition for thousands of years which protected the techniques from being abused, but also created an unnecessary image of mystery.
When Yogi Bhajan came to the United States in 1969 he began to teach this Yoga openly and explained its technology in detail. Since then, he has been teaching Kundalini Yoga to students throughout the world. He hassaid, “Kundalini Yoga harnesses the mental, physical, and nervous energies of the body and puts them under the domain of the Will, which is the instrument of the Soul.”
Yoga literally means “union.” In this sense, it serves as a vehicle to unite your soul and your Creator. With Kundalini Yoga, you uncoil yourself; you reveal your true identity. Kundalini is the creative potential of human beings. As explained by Yogi Bhajan, “Kundalini Yoga is the science to unite the finite with Infinity and it’s the art to experience Infinity in the finite. It is straight. It is simple. It creates no complications.”
Kundalini Yoga is said to be the most powerful of the twenty-two schools of yoga. What separates Kundalini Yoga from all other types of yoga is its diverse capacity to include all elements of the ancient teachings of yoga: by combining the use of sound currents (Mantras), breathing techniques (Pranayama), Body Postures (Asanas), Hand Positions (Mudras) and Meditation.
Kundalini Yoga is ideal for today’s society since it is designed for the active, everyday person with normal responsibilities of work, family and school. Kundalini Yoga can be practiced by anyone if it is done gradually and according to the instructions. When you tune in to the opening Mantra, Adi Mantra, you connect with your inner Teacher and the Golden Chain of all Kundalini Yoga teachers and you will be protected. As our society becomes increasingly more dependent on technology, our world becomes more intimately connected and influenced by its numerous cultures. The pace of change is on the rise and the stress on our body’s nervous system is increasing. The science of Kundalini Yoga allows us to tap into a system, that is an ancient
technology, to help us cope with this escalating demand. The inner science of the mind is the tool that will enable us to cope with the pressure of these changes. It is the mind that interprets our outer and inner worlds and it is the mind that we must train to guide us through the flow of change.

Kundalini Yoga is called the Yoga of Awareness. Awareness is a finite relationship with infinity. We all have dormant energy sleeping within us, waiting to be awoken. Kundalini Yoga gives you the experience of being truly you. Unfortunately, amid today’s hectic schedule, many of us have forgotten who we are and why we are here. There is only so much wisdom you can get out of a book, but wisdom cannot sustain you. Wisdom only becomes knowledge once you have experienced it. Kundalini Yoga will give you the experience that we are “spiritual beings having a human experience not humans beings trying to have a spiritual experience”; and then you can experience
the infinite joy, health, and happiness, which is our birthright. If you are a beginning student you should go at a pace that suits your flexibility and endurance. As you feel more comfortable with the exercises, begin to practice as often as you can. If you can practice at the same time each day, you will find that you will improve rapidly. There is no pressure in Kundalini Yoga to push the body too far; there should be no pain or discomfort. To begin with, you should stick to the
minimum time limits, and gradually build up to the maximum. Remember: do what you can; that will be perfect.

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