Kundalini Yoga originates from India and while it is widely known and practiced in the US and Europe, it is only relatively new to Australia.  Times are changing though and a feature article in the Australian Yoga Journal recently noted Kundalini Yoga’s popularity down under is on the rise!

Kundalini Yoga was recently featured in the Australian Yoga Journal

The Australian Yoga Journal featured a five page article about Kundalini Yoga.

A regular yoga and meditation practice can deliver significant health benefits and Kundalini Yoga in particular has been proven to assist people with Alzheimer’s, addictions and depression. There have been several research papers published about the medical benefits of Kundalini Yoga and meditation and these can be found on the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) website.

 

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN A KUNDALINI YOGA CLASS?

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan differs from other forms of yoga. While other forms of yoga employ a comparatively finite set of postures and combinations, Kundalini Yoga comprises thousands of different kriyas (yoga sets), pranayams (breath), mantras and meditations.

Kundalini Yoga can feel a little strange at first and may appear unconventional to the average hatha yoga practitioner. But the benefit of this is that the practitioner is confronted by the practice and has the choice to surrender to the posture or resist.  The more we practice the more we come to realize that letting go of the resistance is the key to moving beyond our comfort zone, diving deeper into the practice and deeper into our own consciousness.  This opens up the space for us to realise our true self.  For this reason Kundalini Yoga is commonly referred to as the Yoga of Awareness.

The idea is to hold the postures for a substantial period of time, which allows the mind to give way to the body’s wisdom. The body has an innate regulating system and knows how to heal in the absence of the ego or our thinking mind.

By combining these powerful sets with mantras and meditations we create a positive pressure on the subconscious mind, which allows us to clear limiting self-beliefs.

This powerful system of yoga is always taught in its undiluted form in order to preserve its intent and efficacy. Kundalini Yoga is suitable for all levels, including absolute beginners. For more info about Kundalini Yoga visit the Kundalini Research Institute website.

 

ABOUT YOGI BHAJAN

Yogi Bhajan, a Master of Kundalini Yoga, arrived in the United States in 1969, with a special purpose – to share the sacred teachings of Kundalini Yoga with people in the West. He believed that everyone deserved the right to access the powerful benefits of Kundalini Yoga, the yoga of awareness, and that the shift in consciousness that was happening in America during the ‘60s was divinely timed to disseminate these teachings.

For over 30 years he travelled internationally teaching Kundalini Yoga. Through the Aquarian teacher program, he left behind a powerful legacy in the form of a set of teachings to be disseminated by certified Kundalini Yoga teachers.  In 1994 IKTYA (International Kundalini Yoga Teacher’s Association) was formed to help continue to spread these amazing teachings throughout the world. In 1996, Yogi Bhajan founded 3HO – the happy, healthy, holy organization, on the basis that happiness is everyone’s birthright.

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