The Yoga of Awareness
Yoga explores your dimensions, depth, nature and potential as a human being. The techniques of Kundalini Yoga form the owner’s manual for human consciousness ~ Yogi Bhajan
Kundalini yoga is the yoga of awareness. It is both practical and powerful. At HeartPrana.com you will learn simple tools and techniques that begin to relieve stress and anxiety within seconds. This claim can be verified by using HeartMath® HRV feedback in combination with your practice—totally optional.
Kundalini yoga works on several levels; it quickly effects your nervous system and quiets down the mind-body, allowing you to experience a sense of calm and grounded-ness, and with practice, even in the midst of stressful situations. Meditations and yoga practiced for as little as 11 minutes a day begins to affect your hormonal system; your body releases less cortisol and stress hormones, and produces more DHEA and other healing properties.
Kundalini yoga is a pragmatic sacred science based on ancient technologies that are congruent with scientific theories such as basic electro-magnetic principles—the play of opposites.
Kundalini yoga aligns with scientific theories (including coherence), working, in part, with the electromagnetic fields of psyche and soma (auric fields in yogic terms). Kundalini yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, explained that when the mind concentrates the magnetic field of the psyche, a “zero state” of consciousness is reached, called Shuniya. In this state of oneness, or Shuniya, your ego quiets down, and your authentic Self is unveiled. Another term for your authentic self is “higher Self,”
Magnetic energy is the play of opposing positive and negative forces, masculine (+) and feminine (-) polarities. It happens at the atomic level holding molecules together as well as on the stage of life—not to mention earth’s magnetic core.
No Dogma, No Doctrine
Kundalini yogic practices provide pathways to enter the heightened state of Shuniya, a state of compassion, intuition, and love where self-healing, and healing of others, begins. Kundalini yoga is based on unchanging universal principles, including magnetism (balancing negative and positive polarities), resonance (getting in tune with), and coherence (aligning with higher frequencies).
Kundalini yoga is not a religion; it is a set of sacred tools and technologies that provide an express path to awareness and oneness. Kundalini yoga and meditation creates a psychosomatic environment for healing and transformation beginning with the nervous and hormonal systems, which will be explained shortly. While Kundalini yoga is not a religion, it also does not conflict with the Wisdom teachings of the world’s great religions. Whenever the term God is used simply consider this as Universal or Infinite source. Essentially, in the words of Carl Jung, you either believe that you are connected to something infinite or you don’t. What you call Infinite is up to you, and at some point the terms merge into that which is no longer definable—because it’s infinite!
Just as the principles of Sufism can benefit all seekers who “clean the mirror of the heart,” Kundalini yoga benefits the individual and the global community of humankind through awakening compassion for self and others and awakening the healer within.
Some general background of Kundalini yoga may be helpful, because Kundalini yoga it not widely known or understood.
Mythology and Metaphor
Kundalini yoga evolved from ancient Hindu texts including Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, The Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, the last of the ten Sikh gurus, appearing in the form of mantra. Orally passed down through the centuries from teacher to student, the practice of Kundalini yoga is as effective and relevant today for healing and transformation as it has been throughout time.
Yogi Bhajan brought the secret practice of yoga to the United States in the 1960’s where it was openly taught for the first time. Yogi Bhajan understand that the American youth of the time were looking for altered states of consciousness, and something more than their parents’ generation could offer. It is important to consider that Yogi Bhajan did not initiate anyone, it was up to the individual to initiate his or her own self. In other words, to take responsibility to gain Self-mastery through one’s own actions. Yogi Bhajan created teachers not followers, because he foresaw the stressful times that we are now living in and wanted to create teachers to help people manage their stress, anxiety, and depression (which he called cold depression).
At HeartPrana.com we explore the regions where Kundalini yoga serves to heal and transform psyche, soma, and the anima mundi (world soul), and highlights how it relates to the recovery of the psycho–somatic feminine (parasympathetic nervous system) and builds high heart coherence.
It is the mythological dance between Shiva and Shakti and the psychosomatic dance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of the ANS that generates healing an transformation. Integrated into this chapter, specific yogic practices that increase heart coherence by healing the masculine–feminine imbalance within psyche-soma are presented as examples. Before doing so, I will connect Kundalini yoga with the depth psychological tradition and then ground Kundalini yoga in a historical context before entering the specifics of yoga practices and heart coherence.
Of the 22+ styles of yoga, I have chosen Kundalini yoga (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) as my yoga of choice, because it is fast-acting and produces results quickly. Kundalini yoga is scalable so that the exercises presented here can be done by almost anyone. Kundalini energy underlies all yoga practices, and can be thought of as the “evolutionary power” of humankind.
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Sat Nam (Truth is my Identity)