Monday, May 17, 2010

What is Kundalini yoga?

Kundalini Yoga was taught for over 5000 years in India and Tibet, passed down privately from teacher to student. Yogis, saints and sages developed what they considered a ‘technology’ to allow individuals to experience and express their highest self, to attain and maintain a level of higher consciousness.

Coming from the Sanskrit word ‘kundal’, meaning ‘lock of hair of the beloved’ the uncoiling is the awakening of the kundalini – the latent energy force in us which is the catalyst for all forms of self-healing, intuition, creativity and wisdom. This energy is the creative potential that already exists in all of us, but usually lies dormant. The purpose of Kundalini Yoga is to release the energy gradually and gracefully in order to connect you to your true path.

Kundalini Yoga was never taught publicly until Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga, brought it to the west in 1969. Yogi Bhajan travelled the world teaching Kundalini Yoga to hundreds of thousands of people. In 1994 he founded the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association (IKYTA), which works to spread these priceless teachings worldwide.

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