Kundalini Yoga

What is Kundalini Yoga?

Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga, is the ancient science of Yoga. It incorporates exercise, breath, meditation and sound current to help relax, strengthen and heal your body, mind and spirit. Kundalini Yoga is the “Yoga of Awareness”. It gives you a clear mind, vitality and a healthy life through the self-discovery of your infinite creative potential or Kundalini energy.

Kundalini is the awakening of the self. Yoga is the science of the self. Practicing Kundalini Yoga is energizing and elevating. It concentrates the pranic energy in the lower chakras (root, sex organs, and navel), raises it to the higher chakras (heart, throat, third eye, crown center), then balances all the chakras.

The simple working principle of Kundalini Yoga is Sat Nam, Wahe Guro. Uncover your True Self, Sat Nam, (Truth is my identity) connect with your divine essence and, in that moment you will experience Wahe Guro, the pure joy and ecstasy of Being. It is said that when one understands this principle, your destiny will open up to you and you will finally know true fulfillment.

Yogi Bhajan said that “when you are not true to your body, and you have no relationship with your mind and you are not giving rest to your spirit, why would you think that everything should be all right? “The Age of Aquarius is the knowledge of the Self – willingly learning about the Self and being as devoted as you can be; understanding “Live to love and love to live.”

Kundalini comes from the root “kundal” in Sanskrit, which means “the lock of the hair from the beloved.” The uncoiling of this hair is the awakening of the Kundalini, the unlimited potential that already exists in every human.

Kundalini Yoga encompasses: Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Shakti Yoga, Sahej Yoga, Gyan(Jnana) Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Karma Yoga, Raja Yoga, Mantra Yoga, and White Tantric Yoga.

Scientific studies have shown that the practice of Yoga has curative abilities and can prevent disease. That is why more and more professionals have started using Yoga techniques in patients with different mental and physical symptoms, such as psycho-somatic stresses and different diseases.

Kundalini Yoga Kriyas and meditations guide you on an inward journey toward self discovery – Sat Nam. As a Kundalini Yoga Student you are provided with tools to:

  • Help you unlock your inner vitality
  • Give you the strength and courage to face your fear of change
  • Observe, with clarity and neutrality, your habits and your mind’s interactions with others
  • Allow you to drop the pain of the past and channel the destructive force of anger into positive
  • Foster personal transformation
  • Clear and balance your chakras
  • Recognize your own majesty and radiance
  • Create a deep and fulfilling relationship with your True Self
  • Express the joy of experiencing the Self, Wahe Guro and share it with the world around you
  • Open your heart
  • Share your love
  • Use your intuition
  • Listen deeply
  • Build stamina and strength
  • Balance the mind
  • Strengthen your radiance
  • Be healthy
  • Be happy
  • Be well

Benefits of Kundalini Yoga

  • Increases energy and vitality
  • Relaxes the mind and body
  • Relief from stress, addiction, depression and insomnia
  • Strengthens the immune and nervous systems
  • Balances the metabolism
  • Promotes muscle strength and flexibility
  • Increases circulation and purifies the blood
  • Anti-aging both mentally and physically
  • Greater endurance
  • Deeper breathing
  • Overall improvement in mood and emotional well-being.

Who can practice Kundalini Yoga?

Regardless of your age or fitness level, you can feel and experience the benefits of this sacred science. Before making any significant modifications in your lifestyle consult with your Primary Care Provider or personal health care practitioner.

What is incorporated into a Kundalini Yoga Class that Yvonne Dunetz Teaches?

Greeting and welcoming of students

Tuning in with the Adi Mantra – “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo”
Ong – Infinite Creative Energy
Namo – Reverent greetings implying humility
Guru – The giver of the technology, from the dark to the light
Dev – Divine

This Adi Mantra honors the Golden Chain of Teachers before us and the wisdom of the teacher within.

We follow the Adi Mantra with the Mangala Charn Mantra.

“Ad Guray Nameh, Jugad Guray Nameh, Sat Guray Nameh, Siri Guru Devey Nameh”

“I bow to the primal Guru (guiding consciousness who takes us from darkness to light), I bow to wisdom through the ages, I bow to True Wisdom, I bow to the great, unseen wisdom.”

Pranayam Techniques

that use the rhythm and depth of the breath to effect and manage different energy states of health, consciousness, and emotion.

Warm-up Exercises

that will Increase the flexibility in the spine and open the meridians to the flow of energy, and prepare for the Kriya and meditation.

Kriya:

A set or sets of one or more postures and exercises that work toward a specific beneficial outcome. The Kriya includes the use of chanting, (mantra) hand positions/seals, (mudra) body locks, (bhandas) breath work (pranayam) and mental focus. There are thousands of Kriyas, all with different effects.

Meditation

We meditate to achieve a higher state of consciousness. Through the practice of meditation we can hear the inner voice within and connect with the Infinite.

Deep Relaxation – a time of complete relaxation with or without a Sound Healing Experience

Laying down in Shavasana (a time for integration of what has been learned) the student deeply relaxes and the body lets go, this allows the body to fully receive the benefits from the Kriya and prepare for meditation. A Sound Healing Experience is often provided to take you into a deeper state while enhancing further assimilation of the Kriya and balancing the energy.

To end the class

Each class ends by chanting the “Sunshine Song” to close and bless the class with this positive affirmation


“May the Long Time Sun Shine Upon You
All Love Surround You
And the Pure Light Within You
Guide Your Way On.”

“Sat Nam”

After Class – A time to celebrate and acknowledge our oneness

Yvonne and her students gather together as a community and have a warm, soothing and comforting blend of tea as they share their experiences and meet new people. Students provide feedback to Yvonne as to how they liked the class, how they feel, what was challenging or not, and she answers any questions from the group and/or individuals.