The Yoga of consciousness
“You must dive deep into the core of your I-Am-ness. Your life must be a challenge and that challenge must come from the very heart of you. You must know who you are, and you must submit to your essence.” – Yogi Bhajan
WHAT IS KUNDALINI YOGA
In 1969 Yogi Bhajan brought Kundalini Yoga to the west. This blend of Bhakti Yoga (the yogic practice of devotion and chanting), Raja Yoga (the practice of meditation/mental and physical control), and Shakti Yoga (for the expression of power and energy) is arguably the most powerful yoga there is.
Through the practice of this yoga one awakens the serpent’s energy (the Kundalini) of consciousness from the sacrum at the base of the spine and moves the energy upward through the 6 chakras that reside along the spine and out through the 7th chakra. As the serpent makes its way up the energy vortexes it provides healing energy that removes any kinks, clears blockages, and balances out the body’s auric field.
The kriyas and meditations in Kundalini Yoga are designed to raise complete body awareness to prepare the body to handle the energy of Kundalini rising. The physical postures are designed to activate the navel, spine and focal points of pressurization on energy points.
Through breath work and the application of yogic locks of energy the release, direction, and control of the flow of Kundalini energy is achieved.
- Reach maximum potential
- Clear blockages
- Free self from karma, transmuting it into Dharma (higher purpose)
- Expand your mind/ awareness
- Become the best version of yourself
- develop your intuitive mind / receive that inner guidance
In the mist of my darkness I went to my first Kundalini Yoga class at the 8th Chakra Studio in Santa Ana. I remember looking around the class feeling like a lost puzzle piece. I was uncomfortable in my own skin; therefore being in a room filled with individuals working towards the betterment of their souls caused an unease feeling inside of me. Part of me was curious to know if this practice would actually help me love myself again, and the other part of me wanted to get up and run out the room. Regardless of my inner battle I stayed for the class, felt a little better at the end, and went home after.
I went back to my confused mind. Sure that one class made me feel a little better, but it was only one class. One class will not change you! It takes a practice, an integration of the yoga into your everyday life before you see results.
Months later I went back to 8th Chakra Studio for my second class. By this time I had already left my marriage and decided to love myself. I let go of judgment and opened myself to experiencing the Kundalini energy. Sunday after Sunday I kept going back to the studio, determined to dig deeper into the many layers of Edith.
The first months of my practice were the hardest. At times the emotional pain was unbearable and all I could do was cry. Facing my mistakes head on was challenging. BUT forgiving myself for making those mistakes was even harder. I remember siting in the class sobbing with every breath, every chant, every stretch. Thinking “why was I so stupid” or “why didn’t I speak up.” I could not bare the mental torture I was putting myself through.
Yet I kept coming back. Why? Because I was healing, I took that time to confront my worst enemy, myself. When memories surfaced during a mantra I chose to become the spectator as I felt the emotions attached to those memories. I then channeled the Kundalini energy into those memories, and transmuted the pain. I chose to forgive myself. I chose to love myself.
It has now been a little over a year of my practice. Sunday after Sunday I go back to the studio. Kundalini yoga has given me the strength to forgive myself. I have discovered my truest self (my higher self) through this practice. I am now filled with love, peace, and gratitude. Which have turned my sobbing tears into laughter. I am joyous. All I want now is to share that joy with the world. To share the fullness I feel, the love I feel, and the peace I feel with the world.
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