As brought to the west by Yogi Bhajan, Kundalini Yoga combines breathing, movement, relaxation and meditation.

It is the science of sequence, rhythm and sound, to work on every aspect of your body, mind and soul. No previous experience in yoga or related disciplines is required for you to begin to achieve undeniable benefits almost immediately. Kundalini Yoga provides a plan that is perfect for the new millennium.

Over a time this practice provides the physiological and psychological prerequisites for total health. These include a balanced glandular system, strong nervous system, expanded lung capacity and the clearing of emotional blocks.

Kundalini Yoga is a holistic philosophy that brings practical benefits of rejuvenation and healing. Brought to the west by Yogi Bhajan. It is a comprehensive system of exercises, breathing, meditation, chanting and a healthy mental projection. In this way we develop a conscious and dynamic relationship between our personal life energy and the universal flow of Prana. The overall result is the balancing of our chakras and the alignment of our ten spiritual Bodies. This awakens us to who we really are; spiritual beings having a human experience.

The word Kundalini means spiral of hair and later came to be known as the coiled serpent of potential energy and consciousness which is thought to lay at the base of the spine waiting to be awoken by various practices; moving and sounding like a serpent as it arises. In fact before it can be awoken it needs to be gathered, and when gathered in to sufficient intensity it will naturally open out again, giving the sensation of awakening or rebirth. One of the earliest methods used was to wind the hair into a knot at the top of the head. This knot then acts as an amplifier and transformer between the finite/personal life and the infinite/impersonal.


Yoga means union and in addition to the temporary union between the mind, body and soul while in this worldly existence there is also the possibility of an eternal union between the differentiated small soul/self as it expands towards the undifferentiated and the large soul/self as it individualises or diversifies itself. Note: To even contemplate union is already to admit separation. Yoga is a way of healing the separation through various stages.

The structure and processes of the body/mind are our most potent tools for accomplishing this union as well as the most likely hindrances. The stages of the Kundalini journey have been visualised as seven chakras – energy wheels, or gates through which the conscious must pass; individual consciousness rising up while universal consciousness descends.

Most of our states of consciousness could be thought of as postures – some static and some dynamic – each of which effect our breathing and mind patterns. By changing our body posture, breath rhythm and thought vibration we can change our state.

Awakening the Kundalini is no big deal since for life to exist in us it must already be active, though relatively unconscious. Moments of deeper awakening do happen in life but we do not always know either what contributed to this awakening or how to sustain it. Kundalini Yoga developed as a systematic method of expanding consciousness and maintaining the new awareness.

Kundalini is related to primal consciousness and is only dangerous if ignored, when it becomes misguided intent; like truth, weeds, sexuality, bacteria, etc. all cause trouble if ignored. The chanting of mantra is one of the important ways in which the stimulation and raising of the energy from the dreamy subconscious realms can be harmoniously regulated, channeled and appropriately transformed.

Kundalini refers to an impulse and an energy that has both personal and collective dimensions; it is enduring and can offer us guidance from within – it is our inner guru. Ritual is one of the ways that Kundalini has been awoken and with its sacred quality, ritual offers a respect to an energy that is thought to be very powerful and somewhat unknown. 

Class Format

The Kundalini Yoga class, is very simple and includes the chanting of a few mantras at the beginning and end of the session. The standard format of the session is about 40 minutes of exercises incorporating breathing, 15 minutes of deep relaxation and some meditation. Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, is a comprehensive system and so some classes include discussions about life and spiritual philosophy.

Tuning In

This is a mantra to honour the Creation and tune into our inner guru. It brings the whole group to a common vibration as the class begins.

ONG – is used to express the universal vibration as it extends itself into the Creation.
NAMO – states that we have named the vibration and identify ourselves in relation to it.
GURU DEV – is the aspect of the transparent, invisible and all pervading guiding impulse in every BODY.

This mantra develops the theme of the guru and declares the four stages of time through which the guru prevails; before the beginning, through the ages past, in the present and in the future.

This song is sung just before the end of the class and speaks for itself.

May the long time sun shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure light within you
Guide your way on

This is the closing mantra. This mantra means in the name of truth and confirms the integrity of the intention with which the yoga has been practiced. It can also be understood as true name, or identity and is an appropriate mantra for practicing silently during the class – hearing SAT while you inhale and NAM as you exhale. SA TA NA MA is an expression of the journey home as the sleeping and serpentine consciousness is brought awake from its innate infinite connection (SA) through the life of form (TA) across the daily chasm of death (NA) and into an enduring birth (MA)

Your Experience

Enhancing Your Experience
  • Take a shower before, especially in the morning.
  • Wear loose cotton clothing (white recommended) & head covering for meditation.
  • Sit on something like a blanket, mat or sheepskin.
  • Bring a shawl or blanket to cover yourself during relaxation and meditation.
  • Drugs [including coffee, alcohol & tobacco] as well as a high protein (meat) diet go against the aims of yoga.
Take Care Of Your Body
  • Be sure there is no medical reason why you should not do the yoga.
  • Do not eat for 2 to 3 hrs before – its OK to drink herb tea or water.
  • Elder people and those with high blood pressure are naturally advised to do all the exercises more slowly.
  • When menstruating women should not do inverted postures, double leg lifting, strong breathing or anything that puts a strain on the abdomen.
  • If you have any back problems let your teacher know and learn to adjust the exercises accordingly.
Tips for Meditation
  • Mantras are an important aid to meditation, cleansing the subconscious mind and releasing new resources of consciousness. The rhythmic breathing and alternative thought form of the mantras serve to interrupt our usual patterns and create opportunities for the intuition to function and have more influence, bringing clarity to our lives.
  • Keep the spine straight and the chin in and back – straightening the neck
  • Become conscious of the breath possibly linking it to a mantra
  • Prepare by inhaling white light & clear energy, exhaling toxins and tensions
  • Be aware of the hands – their position or movement – mudra
  • Eyes – imagine a helpful but simple image; circle and dot, candle flame, cross, etc.
  • Eyes – focus in and down to root of nose or third eye (between brows)
  • Thoughts – don’t attach, suppress, run from or otherwise make thoughts important, just allow them
  • Tongue – if not chanting press lightly to upper palate.

    Yogi Bhajan

    Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga, arrived in the United States in 1969 with a stated purpose.

    “I have come to create Teachers, not to gather disciples.”

    Yogi Bhajan traveled internationally teaching Kundalini Yoga, the Yoga of Awareness. In 1969 Yogi Bhajan founded 3HO – the Happy Healthy Holy Organization – based on his first principle “Happiness is your birthright.” Through The Aquarian Teacher Program, Yogi Bhajan has trained thousands of KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Teachers.

    Yogi Bhajan taught all manner of audiences for 35 years on subjects ranging from psychology to cookery, from ayurveda to meditation, from humanology to sound current.

    In 1994 he founded the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association (IKYTA) to further spread his teachings as well as the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) to preserve his teachings which he knew were ahead of his time.

    Yogi Bhajan passed away in October 2004 but his teachings continue to be one of the guiding lights of the Aquarian Age.

    To find out more about Yogi Bhajan’s teachings visit The Library of Teachings 

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