Welcome, Yogi and Yogini! Here you will learn about the practice of Kundalini Yoga, what it is and what benefits it provides. You will also find kundalini meditations and kriyas that you can try at home at the bottom of the page. I am a firm believer that if you create the right condition, the body can repair itself. Here we will dive into eastern techniques of pranayama, asana, mudras, chakras, bandhas and focus points. I will add more to this page as time goes. I recommend bookmarking it for your convenience. If you want to request additional information on this page you can do so by writing me a line here.
What is Kundalini Yoga?
Kundalini Yoga is the sacred technology of relating to and expressing the soul’s truest identity. Yogi Bhajan, as a master of Kundalini Yoga, delivered thousands of kriyas and meditations from this tradition throughout his 40 years of teaching. He called Kundalini Yoga the Yoga of Awareness and believed that it was the practice that would deliver the Aquarian Age. He began teaching it openly in the West in 1969, against the tradition and protocol of thousands of years and guaranteed its effectiveness through his own experience.
Yoga Has Many Documented Effects Both on The Emotional Level and Physical:
- Lower pulse
- Better immune system
- Improved sleep quality
- Improves the neutral mind
- Heightened energy levels
- Better wellbeing and mood
- Reduces anxiety and depression
- Promotes emotional and bodily awareness
- Weightloss, flexibility, stamina
- Improves the quality of life
- It improves strength
- Enhances the lymphatic flow
- Aid in deep relaxation
- Relaxes your mind and body
Preparing with Kundalini Yoga
In order for the Kundalini (Universal Energy=SHAKTI) to flow freely up our shushmana, the central channel (spine), impurities, and blockages in our physical body, subtle bodies and chakras must be cleansed and removed. This is an on-going process and not a one-time event. As the Kundalini rises, it moves through all the chakras, gradually opening each one to higher vibrational levels. Over time, lower, undeveloped forms of energy are cleared, cleansed and transformed into their higher expressions.
When our Kundalini awakens, the shusmana or central channel carries the light of consciousness to our entire being. Our nervous system must be strong for our body to be able to integrate and hold this quantum leap in energy voltage.
The practice of Kundalini Yoga
- Prepares our physical bodies and strengthens our nervous system, making it possible to contain this quantum shift in energy.
- Activates our chakras and our glandular system, which creates the strength and the sensitivity to move this energy up the spine.
- Awakens dormant parts of our brain so that it can receive, integrate, and send the appropriate signals to all parts of our being.
- Enables us to harness the energy of the mind and the emotions so we can begin to be in control of ourselves.
Using the Internal energy Locks = (Bandhas)
Bandhas are intentional muscle contractions with the aim of redirecting the energy flow within the body, these techniques speed up the rate of Kundalini energy. The three Bandha’s are Jalandhara Bandha, Uddiyana Bandha, and Muladhara Bandha. They are special energy seals or Mudra’s, which help during Pranayama as locks of energy currents.
- Mula Bandha (Root lock) is located near the sex organs and is the application and contraction of the perineum.
- This lock moves the energy from the base of the spine up to the navel center.
- Uddiyana Bandha (Diaphragm lock) is located at the solar plexus and moves the energy from the navel up to the heart and to the throat chakra through the application of contraction of the abdomen into the rib cage.
- Jalandhar Bandha (Neck lock) is located at the throat level and is applied when you tuck the chin close to the chest.
- Maha Bandha (The great bandha) This technique consists in the application of three locks at the same time while holding the breath out in perfect posture and concentration. It is practiced after breathing exercises, Pranayama, and postures. It is said that the body is in its perfect healing state.
Mantra for tuning in and out:
In Kundalini Yoga we use a specific mantra for tuning in before any Kundalini Yoga kriya or meditation to set the tone and invoke blessings to your higher self. It is chanted at least three times at the start of each Kundalini Yoga class.
The Adi Mantra = Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo.
( I bow to the Creative Wisdom, I bow to the Divine Teacher within.)
The meaning of the mantra:
ONG means the Creator, the one who created you
NAMO means reverent greetings, salutations
GURU is the giver of light, the one who dispels darkness (Gu=darkness, Ru=destroyer)
DEV means divine or celestial
The Adi Mantra is used for “tuning in” to the divine flow and self-knowledge within each of us and linking us to Yogi Bhajan and the Golden Chain of teachers.
Sat Nam = Truth is my identity
This mantra is chanted three times to tune out after each Kundalini Yoga kriya and meditation with long “Sat” and short “Nam” (9:1).
Kundalini Kriyas and Meditations
All Kriyas and Meditations ©The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan. Each set provided on my website is shared with permission under the Copyleft Agreement and also available on The Library of Teachings.