Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is considered the most comprehensive of yoga traditions, combining meditation, mantra, physical exercises and breathing techniques; it is a Raj Yog, encompassing the eight limbs of yoga into a singular practice of excellence and ecstasy.
“Kundalini” literally means “the curl of the lock of hair of the beloved.” This poetic metaphor alludes to the flow of energy and consciousness that exists within each of us, and enables us to merge with – or “yoke” – the universal Self.
Fusing individual and universal consciousness creates a divine union, called “yoga.” The Upanishads, dating back to the fifth century B.C., describe the kundalini, although the oral tradition reaches back even further into history. For thousands of years, this sacred science and technology was veiled in secrecy, passed along verbally from master to chosen disciple and generally considered too powerful for layman. True it is that once you release your Kundalini energy and tune your vibration to that of the sound of the Universe, the effect upon your personality and your general outlook on life can be transformative. And you get to keep (or bring about) your six-pack too.
In the Kundalini yoga technology we use our breath to focus into our spiritual presence and our link with the infinite. This means that we do not emphasize body work, in fact, if you are having trouble in a posture or an exercise, just keep your eyes closed, stay in the breathing pattern and visualize that you are doing the motions for the prescribed time. It is all about the awareness and the presence, not about fitness and strength. Fitness and strength are just the natural side benefits that arrive because you are treating your body well.
A Kundalini yoga session lasts 90 minutes, and contains tuning in, warming up, a full kriya (exercise set), deep relaxation and mediation, concluded by tuning out. Tuning in and out consists of some simple chants, and some of the exercises as well as the meditation may also contain chants. madschri says: “It is magical, yet it is entirely real, and you create it yourself. Have fun!”