Kundalini Yoga – The Yoga of Awareness
Kundalini Yoga is the science of keeping up, in spite of all odds, at any cost. It is not just to make life possible, but to make the impossible possible. It is not for the ego, but for those who are strong and can roar like lions through all the obstacles to reach their excellence every day. It takes grit, commitment, and consciousness within one’s self to achieve the purpose of the self, to vibrate “God IS within me”.
Yoga is not what people tell you, what you read in books, or the practice that you do. Yoga is the self-realization of respect, dignity, divinity and grace. It is all you. And it is all within you.
Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of awareness. It is precise and scientific. The practice gives an intuitive response to life’s challenges with greater flexibility, confidence and stamina. It supports an experience our spiritual identity.
Yoga’s therapeutic effect enables the glands to secrete in proportion to each other and strengthen the nervous system which may have been compromised and weakened by substances. It balances the neuron patterning of the brain that affects addictive behavior.
Kundalini Yoga is dynamic, profound and positively changes behavior, and it heals exponentially during the recovery process with three components. During an exercise, one incorporates 1) breath, 2) physical posture, 3) mantra or sound repetition for concentration. When all three components are applied within a 1-3 minute exercise, the healing process is greatly accelerated. Specialized sets are designed to eliminate one’s dependence on external fulfillment by creating greater awareness and self-control.
Breath of Life
Breathing is life. It defines us. Most people have shallow and irregular breathing habits. When anxious, fearful, or stressed; we tend to breathe in a very rapid, short and shallow pattern. A primary nutrient for the brain is oxygen. We are a product of the breath. It is the first priority to life and the last focus to the man on his deathbed. Yet, in our everyday lives, we easily forget this and take breath for granted.
We can develop mental self-control through regulated and conscious breathing. When blood oxygen levels are higher, brain activity increases. When practicing Kundalini Yoga, the blood becomes super-oxygenated. This increases brain cell metabolism, facilitates increased brain activity and benefits the nervous and glandular systems. For this reason, great emphasis is put upon the breath.
Mantras are used in Kundalini Yoga to create a rhythm with the breath. This trains us to breathe slowly and deeply. With joining the breath, mind and mantra, a feeling of well-being is easily achieved. The vibrational energy of mantras can reshape consciousness, reprogram cellular memories, and bring spiritual awareness.
The way we breathe affects our state of mind. It is linked to our thoughts and emotions. With awareness and mastery of our breath we improve health and vitality, better manage our emotions and more easily regulate our moods. Over time, we develop mental focus and a feeling of connectedness. This serves to decrease our physical and emotional reactions to stress; thus protecting us from the vulnerability of addictive behavior.
As thoughts constantly come to you from the intellect, so do desires. Anytime you desire something and want to get rid of that impulse, inhale and hold the breath. The moment you do, thoughts and desires stop; the impulse is cut. The way to control thoughts is by controlling the breath. Every conscious breath is one gained. Only you can control your breath. When you do not control your breath consciously, every breath you breathe unconsciously is wasted. Each person’s life is measured in breaths. Normally you breathe fifteen breaths per minute. If you take one breath per minute, you can live fifteen times longer. ~Yogi Bhajan