"Kundalini Yoga consists of active and passive asana-based kriyas, pranayama, and meditations which target the whole body system to develop awareness, consciousness and spiritual strength." —Yogi Bhajan
The practice of Yoga originated through Lord Shiva from his transmission of teachings many thousand years ago. Seven Sages carried the teachings to different parts of the world including Asian, Middle East, North Africa, and South America.
During the time of 1500 BC, Guru Nanak’s (founder of Sikhism) eldest son, Baba Sri Chand, met with Guru Ram Das, the 4th Guru Sikh. Baba Siri Chand was an esteemed ascetic yogi who acknowledged Guru Ram Das as the seat of Raj Yoga.
Kundalini Yoga has a strong influence of Sikhism in the teachings. The meeting of Guru Ram Das and Baba Siri Chand was a significant moment in time where the two traditions become associated.
Yogi Bhajan, born 1929, become the Master of Kundalini Yoga at age 16. In 1968, under the spiritual guidance of Guru Ram Das, he was instructed to bring the teachings to the West. During the decade of the 1960’s, there was a cultural shift occurring towards religion, and many people were beginning to be influenced by drugs in an attempt for spiritual connection. Today, Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is practiced in every country in the World.
Centre for Life has pioneered the teachings of Kundalini Yoga on the Gold Coast, Australia. We have cultivated a diverse community of students and teachers with regular classes, workshops, and community events.
The term 'kundalini' is a Sanskrit word for 'primal energy' located at the base of the spine. Through a committed spiritual practice, the kundalini can be awakened and travel up through the body which cleanses and purifies the glandular system, nervous system, and energy centres. The kundalini can move to the top of the head (Sahasrara Chakra) to expand consciousness and achieve enlightenment.
A kundalini awakening experience will often produce heightened states of awareness, feelings of ecstasy and an experience of Oneness.
In Kundalini Yoga, we aim to arouse this energy in a safe and controlled manner. We use techniques to strengthen the physical body, nerves, glands and the mind. The kundalini is a powerful energy, and the body and mind must be conditioned to accommodate its movement.
It is possible for people who do not engage in spiritual practice, and who would not consider themselves as 'spiritual,' to have a kundalini awakening. However, this can be spontaneous and without a known cause, or result from an intense emotional or physical trauma. Often, the symptoms of a kundalini awakening are seen as negative and very disruptive to normal life. A negative experience of the kundalini energy is much more likely in people who consume toxic foods and substances and have not developed the skills of self-reflection, self-acceptance, self-correction and meditation.
With a consistent practice of Kundalini Yoga, under the guidance of an experienced teacher, it is possible to awaken the kundalini energy safely so that it can be integrated comfortably. As the kundalini energy rises, opportunities for growth will continually be presented. A supportive community who are walking the same path and can empathise with the vicissitudes of rising kundalini is essential for a smooth transition of consciousness.
Kundalini Yoga uses a variety of tools to begin to arouse the kundalini energy. These tools include:
All of these techniques impact the kundalini in particular ways, and a practice that includes them all can be very transformative.
The practice of Kundalini Yoga is quite different compared to most known forms of yoga in Australia. Every class is different and is intended to work on a specific aspect of the physical, mental, or emotional body. However, at the heart of Kundalini Yoga is a spiritual focus which will turn you inwards to connect with divinity.
Therefore, the majority of a Kundalini Yoga class is practiced with eyes closed. By drawing the senses inwards, each student is directed to connect with themselves, and distractions in the room are minimised.
Almost every Kundalini Yoga class will include mantra, music, and possibly a shabad (Sikh sacred song). The sound current plays a central role in raising the kundalini energy and is uplifting and supportive of the practice.
The class always begins with two specific tune-in mantras call the ‘Adi Mantra’ and the ‘Mangala Charan Mantra.' From there, every class will be different and it will be unlikely that you will encounter the same class twice. However, in a typical class, we usually begin with warm-up postures, the teacher will then guide students through a kriya, there will be a period of relaxation, and possibly a sound healing. Meditation, breath work or chanting usually follows, but this can be a variable and determined by the Teacher.
To seal a Kundalini Yoga class, the ‘Long Time Sun Song’ is sung, which gives us the opportunity to send out our prayers and blessings to those that we love (and those with whom we may have differences.)
At Centre for Life, we offer yogi tea after each class to assist bringing students back into their body, and it provides the space for the community to connect and share.
All of our classes are suitable for first-time students and people with physical injuries and limitations. We also provide a safe and supportive environment for the seasoned practitioner of Kundalini Yoga. Our team of qualified and experienced teachers are well-versed in the technical aspects of Kundalini Yoga, and hold space for a thriving Kundalini Yoga community.
Although it is common to wear white when practicing Kundalini Yoga, this is not required. However, it is important to wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows your body to move freely. Some students choose to wear a head cover for the purpose of containing the kundalini as it moves up the spine. Centre for Life provides yoga mats and cushions, but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.
Since there are no two classes that are alike, we recommend beginners participate in a minimum of five classes to have an accurate experience of this style of yoga. To accommodate this, we offer first-time students five classes for the price of one class. New students can sign up for this offer at reception before their first class.
First-time students, please arrive 10 minutes early so that you can meet your teacher, sign-in and get orientated to the yoga space.
Through a regular practice of Kundalini Yoga, you can expect to experience the benefits of increased self-awareness, better vitality and energy, a calmer mind, more stable emotions, deep healing and a significantly enhanced connection to spirit.
Kundalini Yoga is called the ‘yoga of awareness’ and will help you develop the courage, calibre and grit to look at yourself. This style of yoga is not about changing ‘what’s out there’ to bring about happiness. The practice continually affords you the opportunity to see yourself different and evolve consciously.If you would like to try a Kundalini Yoga meditation and kriya in the privacy of your home, sign-up to 'Our Favourite Kundalini Yoga Meditations' below. Our Centre is located in Burleigh Heads, click on our contacts page for the address and a map. If you are interested in attending a class, here is our class class times.
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