Kundalini yoga is an ancient technology and science that activates our potential for health and capacity to heal. It works with powerful and relaxing breathing, visualisation, dynamic asanas (postures) mantras (chants) along with mudras (hand gestures)
It is taught in kriyas (which are a sequence of postures) that are designed to bring about transformation and balance through working a particular system of the body (ie the nervous, endocrine, lymphatic and immune system). Often termed ‘The yoga of awareness’’ it expands our consciousness by emphasising the flow of ‘prana’ and movement of our subtle energy systems, within any given kriya sequence.
Yoga’s ultimate goal and meaning is to be in union. Classes aim to stretch and challenge the mind, body and spirit, connecting and enabling an inner strength, balance and relaxation. Working with the body as a vessel, and drawing on the breath and voice as vital resources, participants begin to find a flexibility and clarity, developing tools that help deal with everyday stresses.
Yogi Bhajan shared Kundalini Yoga with the West in the late 60s, assisting westerners to align with the global shift in consciousness known as the aquarian age, in which we now live. Classes focus on rythymic and dynamic movement enabling the nervous system and energy bodies to become toned and balanced. The body becomes a container for the mind to thrive, as the mind is trained to focus and deal with the onslaught of stresses that are a symptoms of our times.
Chanting is foundational to the practice
‘Every person is an instrument in the orchestra which is the whole universe, and every voice is the music that comes from one of its instruments‘ ~ Hazrat Inayat Khan
The world is sound, rhythm and vibration. Sound shapes us culturally and energetically, our bodies are born and grow out of our words and breath. The Universe is created by sound, rhythm and vibration. Our bodies are 60% water, science has shown that the power of thought, sound and intention impacts our vibrational frequency. We can either demote with our words and tone, or we can promote and elevate. That is the power of sound.
In Kundalini yoga classes, we chant mantras as a conscious method to control our mood and thought, working with different sounds, rhythms and tonality. In Mantra, Man means mind, and Tra means to go through. Our thoughts are silent sounds that we create, and each sound becomes a universal vibration. The more refined our thoughts, the more elevated our vibration becomes. The more elevated our vibrations are, the closer we can get to the highest vibration of all– our highest consciousness.
By vibrating certain combinations of sound, we are able to tune into our innate levels of intelligence. Often mantras have been created within a elevated state of consciousness, as we vibrate these mantras, we are automatically vibrating into these sounds that were created thousands of years ago by evolved and elevated souls. As we emmerse, activate and recreate, we start to shape our sensory being and enviroment. Here we experience ourself as the vessel and ultimate instrument.
Through sounding and mantra we work the muscles of the throat stimulating the vagus nerve, which is often referred to as a “ the central tuning string of the body”. Enhancement of vagal nerve tone modulates a therapeutic effect, relaxing and enhancing anti-inflammatory properties. The central nadi channel of the subtle system called the “sushmuna" in the spine is activated. When the two subtle support channels ‘ida and pingala’ vibrate into the the entire system (it activates the 72,000 nadi channels or nerve “strings”) allowing a complete resonance of vibration. The vibration of the strings cause all thirty trillion cells of your body to resonate and dance, forming patterns that re-shape us physically, emotionally and mentally. As a result, the vagus nerve is rewound, initiating improved wellbeing.
Mantras produce healing, through balancing the glandular system and cleaning the psyche and body of subconscious patterns and habits. Within the vibration of sound, we become the refined stringed instrument plucked and resonated into alignment.
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Written by Teacher Trainer Siri Sadhana Kaur