What is Kundalini Yoga and Who is Yogi Bhajan?
The ancient, sacred technology of Kundalini Yoga was brought to the west by Yogi Bhajan in 1968 when he taught his first Kundalini Yoga class in Los Angeles. As a Master of both Kundalini Yoga and Hatha Yoga, he was prepared to teach Hatha yoga to the counter-culture flower-power youth of that time.
As a Master yogi, he realized immediately that the beautiful, gentle practice of Hatha yoga was not what these students needed at this time.
They required a more powerful technique to move them from the fog of clouded consciousness brought on from drug and alcohol abuse to the experience of the realization of their divine essence. Kundalini Yoga was just the science needed to wake them up!
This presented a really big problem for him. Kundalini Yoga has been practiced for at least six thousand years and yet had never been taught publicly, openly, anywhere. The lineage of Kundalini Yoga Masters had strictly forbidden sharing these sacred teachings openly. Yogi Bhajan decided now was the time to bring this secret, sacred technology of awareness to the world to prepare for the oncoming transition into the Aquarian Age. He prayed, asked for guidance, and received permission to teach Kundalini Yoga to the world.
In northern India Kundalini Yoga was traditionally known as the householders yoga; it was designed to be fast and powerful to give you the strength and integrity to master your mind and deliver your values with integrity in your life, all while working to support a family. The head of the house, the husband, would visit the local Master yogi and ask for help. He would be given a specific yoga set and meditations to do in the early hours of the morning to prepare him for the day. This was the perfect yoga tradition to bring to the West. We do not have the time or commitment to retreat to an ashram to study and practice with a yoga master for years to reach the level of consciousness needed to thrive in today’s world. We require a spiritual practice that will unlock our inner potential through life changing exercises and meditations, quickly.
Kundalini Yoga is an experiential process of transformation. The ancient eastern scientists, the yogis, with thousands of years of research and development, designed their exercises so that when repeated correctly, those exercises would pass on the yogis wisdom to the student by practical experience. Practice creates the process of turning the practitioners into the wisdom by changing his or her internal makeup. Yogic exercises function as guides to a transformational process. Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan form the owner’s manual for Human Consciousness. It explores your dimensions, depth, nature and potential as a Human Being. Kundalini Yoga is the science of the Self. To wake up!